2024 Payroll Tax Adjustments: What’s New

Payroll
Barb Veda 2023

Written By Barb

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December 18, 2023

As we move closer to 2024, some significant changes are coming to how payroll taxes work in Canada. The government has announced a series of updates to the tax code that will affect both employers and employees. This article will examine these changes and how they impact you. We’ll explain everything in easy-to-understand language so you can follow along even if you’re not a tax expert.

Changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP)

Starting in January 2024, there will be some changes to the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) that you should know about. The maximum amount you can earn and contribute to CPP will increase to $68,500 from $66,600 in 2023. However, the amount you can make without paying into CPP will stay at $3,500.

If you are an employee, you and your employer must still contribute 5.95% of your earnings to CPP in 2024. But the maximum amount you and your employer can contribute will increase to $3,867.50 from $3,754.45 in 2023. If you are self-employed, you will still need to contribute 11.90% of your earnings to CPP, and the maximum amount you can contribute will increase to $7,735.00 from $7,508.90 in 2023.

Also, Starting in 2024, a new earnings limit of $73,200 will be used to calculate additional CPP contributions (CPP2). This means that if you earn between $68,500 and $73,200, you must pay an extra CPP contribution. Both employees and employers will need to pay 4.00% of earnings between $68,500 and $73,200 into CPP2, with a maximum contribution of $188.00 each. If you are self-employed, you will need to pay 8.00% of earnings between $68,500 and $73,200 into CPP2, with a maximum contribution of $376.00.
Finally, it’s important to note that you can only contribute to CPP on earnings up to $73,200.

Changes to Employment Insurance (EI)

Some changes are happening in Canada regarding how much workers pay for Employment Insurance (EI). Recently, the Canada Employment Insurance Commission (CEIC) announced that starting in 2024, the employee rate will increase slightly. This means that workers will pay $1.66 for every $100 they earn instead of the current rate of $1.63. The maximum amount of money that can be insured will also increase a bit, from $61,500 to $63,200.

This change will result in a slight increase in the amount workers and employers pay each year towards EI. This increase will be about $46.67 per year for employees, and for employers, it will be approximately $65.34 per year. It is essential for Canadian workers and employers to know about these changes and how they might affect them.

Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

The Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT) is a special tax that the government uses to ensure everyone pays their fair share of taxes, especially those who earn a lot of money. The AMT system differs from the regular income tax calculation because it limits the number of deductions, exemptions, and credits high-income earners can claim.

The Canadian government has announced changes to the AMT rules that will apply from 2024. These changes are meant to make the AMT system more focused on high-income earners. The AMT rate will be raised to 20.5%, and the amount people can earn before paying the AMT will be tied to the fourth tax bracket, which is expected to be around $173,000 in 2024.
People can still carry forward AMT for up to seven years.

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Payroll Deductions Formulas

Employers in Canada are obligated to calculate and withhold taxes from their employee’s paychecks based on specific formulas provided by the Canadian government. These formulas are revised annually to ensure precision and compliance with the latest tax laws. The 119th edition of Payroll Deductions Formulas is the most recent update, effective January 1, 2024. Payroll Deductions Formulas – 119th Edition Effective January 1, 2024 – Canada.ca. This update is designed to assist employers in keeping up to date with the most current tax regulations and guaranteeing the accurate calculation of their employee’s taxes.

As we approach some essential changes to the payroll tax system, employers and employees must prepare themselves for what’s to come. The updates to CPP and EI in 2024 will affect the amount of money employees take home, so it’s necessary for everyone to start thinking about their finances in a new way. These changes aim to ensure everyone pays their fair share of taxes, including those earning higher incomes. These changes will create a more equitable system for everyone.

Employers must keep up-to-date with the constantly changing tax rules to make sure their payroll systems comply with the new requirements. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) offers helpful information for employers to keep track of these changes and follow the revised tax regulations. By staying informed and following these guidelines, employers can avoid penalties and ensure they follow the law.

Finally

Significant changes are being implemented for payroll taxes in Canada. These changes aim to create a more equitable tax system for both employers and employees. Employers must stay informed and up-to-date on these changes to ensure their payroll systems are compliant. The CRA is available to provide support and ensure compliance with all requirements.


We hope this blog post has given you a clear understanding of the upcoming modifications to the payroll tax system in Canada. If you have any queries, worries, or knowledge to share, please feel free to leave a comment below. Given the evolving tax environment, our team is available to support you in navigating these changes and enhancing your financial strategies.


Whether you’re a small business owner seeking assistance with your financial records or an individual looking to navigate the complexities of tax season, KineticBooks & Tax Solutions is here to help. Contact us today to discuss your unique needs and discover how we can tailor our solutions to ensure your financial success.

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