In Canada do people under 18 have taxes taken out of the money they earn at work?

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  • In Canada do people under 18 have taxes taken out of the money they earn at work?


Answer #1 | 11/12 2013 17:57
Yes. Employers are required to withhold payroll taxes, CPP, and EI to Canada Revenue Agency for all employees. Canada Pension Plan (CPP) only starts when you turn 18, so that isn't remitted. In most cases, if you are only working part time, at the end of the year you'll get most of your money back from the government when you file your income taxes -- all citizens have a $10,800 personal exemption and likely other deductions. Employment Insurance (EI) you wouldn't typically get back, but then again if you are laid off, fired without cause, injured, etc. it you could collect EI.
Answer #2 | 12/12 2013 14:24
People under eighteen pay income tax at the same rate as anyone else. The only difference is that you don't pay into the Canada Pension Plan until the month after you turn eighteen. Your employer should deduct EI premiums. If your income for the entire year is less than $2,000, you will get all the premiums back when you file your income tax return. Depending on the amount of your pay per period, they will also deduct Federal and Provincial income tax. Federal taxes aren't charged unless your pay is greater than about $200 per week. After that, you pay about 15%. If your income for the year is less than 11,138 (for 2013), you get back all the Federal taxes paid. Provincial taxes vary from one province to the next. You can get information about employer withholding requirements at this link: This is a tool provided to employers so that they can calculate the proper amounts of tax to withhold. It's a simulator, so none of the information you put in will affect anyone, and you can play with it all you want.

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