Beginning January 2012 the rules for CPP contributions for your employees aged 60 to 70 changed:
- You have to deduct CPP contributions for all employees who are 60 to 65 years of age—even if the employee is receiving a CPP retirement pension and did not contribute in the past.
- You must also deduct CPP contributions for all employees who are 65 to 70 years of age, unless they choose not to contribute to the CPP by giving you a signed and completed copy of Form CPT30, Election to Stop Contributing to the Canada Pension Plan, or Revocation of a Prior Election. They also have to send the original Form CPT30 to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
- Workers who were at least 65 years of age in 2012, receiving a CPP retirement pension, and who had chosen to stop contributing to the CPP can start contributing again if they want to, but they have to wait until the next calendar year. They will be able to do so by giving their employer another signed CPT30 and sending the original to the CRA.
- After the month in which they turn 70 years of age, employees can no longer contribute to the CPP.
If you, as the employer, do not deduct or remit CPP contributions to the CRA, you may have to pay your employee’s share and your share of the CPP contributions. If you do not remit the contributions to the CRA by the due date, you may also be charged penalties and interest.
For more information about how the changes affect employers, go to www.cra.gc.ca/cppchanges-employers.