Professional Membership Dues

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Professional membership dues you pay on behalf of an employee or reimburse to an employee constitute a taxable benefit for the employee if they are required by a professional association for the purposes of maintaining a professional status recognized by law. Likewise, if you pay or reimburse an employee's initial registration fees, this also constitutes a taxable benefit for the employee.

Example

If the professional membership dues of an employee who is the controller or vice-president of finance of your corporation are paid by you to a professional order of accountants or reimbursed to the employee, the employee receives a taxable benefit.

The value of the benefit is equal to:

  • the amount you pay (including taxes)

minus

  • any amount reimbursed to you by the employee

You have to include the value of the benefit in boxes A, G, I and L of the employee's RL-1 slip (see courtesy translation RL-1-T).

Tax-exempt benefit

We may consider that such a payment or reimbursement is not a taxable benefit if the facts show that the payment or reimbursement is entirely or almost entirely for the employer's benefit. This may be the case where an employee is not hired to practise his or her profession and does not perform any act pertaining to the profession, but is obliged by the employer, simply for prestige, to maintain a professional status recognized by law.

Example

If you hire a chartered accountant as a secretary and this person performs no act pertaining to his or her profession, your payment of the employee's professional membership dues does not constitute a taxable benefit for the employee.

Professional liability insurance premiums

If you pay or reimburse an employee's professional liability insurance premiums, the payment of which is required for the purposes of the employee's duties, the employee does not receive a taxable benefit. We consider payment of the premium to be directly connected to the duties the employee performs for you and you to be the main beneficiary. 

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