RL-1 Slip – Employees Participating in a Leave of Absence Plan

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Deferred salary leave plan (self-funded)

Section 47.16R1 of the Regulation respecting the Taxation Act provides information about deferred salary leave plans. Under such a plan, any amounts accumulated by an employee in anticipation of the leave are paid to the employee during the employee's leave. A deferred salary leave plan is not a salary deferral arrangement or an employee benefit plan.

If your employee participates in a deferred salary leave plan, see the instructions below for details about the information to be entered on the employee's RL-1 slip (see courtesy translation RL-1-T).

These instructions also apply if you have to file an RL-1 slip for a professional athlete who has made certain arrangements to defer his or her salary or wages.

Information to be entered on the RL-1 slip

Box A

Enter the gross employment income paid during the year, including the amount paid to the employee during the leave if the employee takes it in the year.

Box I

Enter the total amount entered in box A plus the portion of the salary or wages earned in the year that will be paid during the leave, minus the amount paid during the leave, if the employee takes it in the year.

Other boxes and additional information

Where applicable, enter in the other boxes of the RL-1 slip the amounts calculated according to the instructions given under How to Complete the RL-1 Slip (Box by Box Instructions). Also enter any additional information.

Example

An employee who earns a salary of $50,000 participates in a deferred salary leave plan from 2020 to 2024. You pay the employee 80% of his salary, that is, $40,000, during these five years, and he takes the leave of absence in 2024.

For each year from 2020 to 2023, you must enter:

  • in box A, $40,000, which is the salary paid to the employee;
  • in box I, $50,000, which is the total amount entered in box A ($40,000) plus the portion of the salary earned in the year that the employee will be paid during his leave ($50,000 – $40,000 = $10,000).

For 2024, you must enter $40,000, that is, the amount paid to the employee during his leave, in box A. Box I must be blank, since the result of the following calculation is nil: the total amount entered in box A ($40,000) minus the amount paid during the leave ($40,000).

Year 2020 2021 2022 2023 2024 (leave)
Box A $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000 $40,000
Box I $50,000 $50,000 $50,000 $50,000

Salary advance leave plan

Under a salary advance leave plan, the amounts are advanced to the employee during the leave and repaid by the employee after the leave. A salary advance leave is not a salary deferral arrangement or an employee benefit plan.

If your employee participates in a salary advance leave plan, see the instructions below for the information to be entered on the employee's RL-1 slip (see courtesy translation RL-1-T).

Information to be entered on the RL-1 slip

Box A

Enter the salary or wages paid to the employee, including the amount paid during the leave if the employee takes it in the year.

Box I

Enter the salary or wages paid to the employee, including the amount paid during the leave if the employee takes it in the year.

Other boxes and additional information

Where applicable, enter in the other boxes of the RL-1 slip the amounts calculated according to the instructions given under How to Complete the RL-1 Slip (Box by Box Instructions). Also enter any additional information.

Example

An employee who earns a salary of $60,000 participates in a salary advance leave plan from 2020 to 2024. You advance the employee 80% of his salary, that is, $48,000, during his leave, and he takes the leave of absence in 2020.

For 2020, you must enter $48,000, which is the amount you advanced the employee during his leave, in boxes A and I.

For each year from 2021 to 2024, you must enter $48,000, which is the salary paid to the employee, in boxes A and I.

Year 2020 (leave) 2021 2022 2023 2024
Box A $48,000 $48,000 $48,000 $48,000 $48,000
Box I $48,000 $48,000 $48,000 $48,000 $48,000

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