GuidanceResources is an added benefit for members of the group benefits plan that give members and their families confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues at no charge. These services are strictly confidential and are available to you and your immediate family members 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by phone or online.
Filing a federal tax return can be a tedious and time-consuming task, so it’s never too early to start preparing. The deadline for individual returns is April 30. Here are some tips on filing:
Get started now. Organize receipts, pay check stubs, financial records, mortgage statements and other important documents, and try to get an early idea of how much you will owe or be refunded. You want to schedule enough time to complete your return and avoid the April 30 filing-deadline rush.
Educate yourself. Learn about the latest tax laws to take advantage of as many deductions, exemptions and credits as possible. Consult the Canada Revenue Agency’s tax tab on the Government of Canada website, at www.canada.ca. Also, consider hiring a CGA, CA, financial planner or tax attorney for a complex return.
Understand your payment options. Federal and Quebec personal income tax returns must be filed by April 30 of the following year. Exceptions are made for those who are self-employed or those whose income comes from an unincorporated business. Partners and spouses of those who meet this exception are also included. This group has until June 15 to file. Instalment plans can be used in certain situations. Contact your nearest CRA office to learn more. Find your nearest CRA office through www.canada.ca.
If you can’t file on time. Filing late for Federal and Quebec taxes will result in a minimum 5 per cent fine plus 1 per cent for each full month of unpaid tax (with a maximum of 12 months). After that, a second federal penalty of 10 per cent plus 2 per cent for each full month of unpaid tax (up to 20 months) can be applied.
It is important to note that all provinces have their own income tax acts. For specific tax rules based on your province, contact your nearest CRA office.
Member Contributions: Members contribute a percentage of their pensionable income to the plan every month by payroll deduction. This percentage is approved each year by General Assembly. Read more on page 4 of Your Pension Plan.
Employer Contributions: Your congregation or employer also makes contributions to the pension plan. The amount of employer contributions is approved each year by General Assembly. Read more on page 4 of Your Pension Plan.
Retirement Age: Normal retirement age is 65. You can retire anytime after you reach age 55 with a reduced pension. Retirement can be postponed anytime after age 65, but under current law, pension payments must begin no later than the year in which you reach age 71. For more details on retirement age, early retirement or postponed retirement, see page 5 of Your Pension Plan.
Amount of Pension: Your pension is based on a formula that uses your pensionable income, income ratio, pensionable service, and maximum qualifying income. Read more on page 6 of Your Pension Plan.
If You Leave: If you leave the plan before you are vested, you will receive a refund of your contributions plus interest. If you are fully vested you are entitled to the commuted value of the pension you have earned. Read more on page 11 of Your Pension Plan.
Annual Pension Statements are sent to all members each May.
Your Pension Plan booklet (2016) provides information about The Presbyterian Church in Canada’s pension plan.
Have questions about retirement? Have a look at our Retirement and your PCC Pension Plan resource here.
Newsletter: Window on Your Pension and Benefits
Window…on your Pension and Benefits is a newsletter for active members of the pension and benefits plan, and is published each spring and fall. This newsletter contains details of health and dental benefits, messages from the Pension and Benefits Board, and important updates regarding the pension plan.
Continuation of Pension and Group Benefits Form – Members must complete this form prior to leave declaring their decision to stay in / suspend participation in both the pension plan and group life insurance benefits. Members can choose to opt to stay in one and not the other. Regardless of their choice, health and dental coverage will be maintained.
2. You will then be asked to enter your Organization Web ID:COM589
3. On the next page, you will be asked to enter the first five (5) characters of the name of your organization: Presb. When you’ve finished, click the Submit button on the bottom of the page.
4. On the next page, you will be asked to select your organization – Presbyterian Church in Canada – from a drop-down menu. When you have finished, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
5. You will then be asked to enter a User Name and Password. Both can be anything you would like but should be something you will remember. The User Name (often your name) must be at least six characters long and should have no spaces (ex. joesmith). The Security Questions are meant to prompt you if you forget your password. Make sure that you complete all required fields. When you’ve finished, click the Submit button at the bottom of the page.
6. You should now be registered on the website. If you have any problems registering or logging in to GuidanceResources Online, email Member Services at memberservices [at] compsych [dot] com.