January 28, 2016, No. 2016-04. Non-Canadian resident employers who have non-resident employees working in Canada now have until March 1, 2016 to request that a new exception from withholding tax rules apply to them retroactively on January 1, 2016. Previously, the deadline for these applications was February 1, 2016.
Non-resident employers and employees may qualify for an exception from the Regulation 102 rules requiring employers to withhold Canadian tax on income earned in Canada by their non-resident employees. This exception takes effect January 1, 2016.
The CRA does not anticipate giving retroactive approvals but as a transitional measure, all applications for employer eligibility the CRA receives by March 1, 2016 will be considered for a retroactive effective date of January 1, 2016. As such, employers who want to apply the exception to their eligible employees from January 1, 2016 must act quickly to meet the March 1 deadline to submit their applications.
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