Information and documents related to the 2020 tax season are now available for Brock University students, staff and faculty.
Tax forms available for students include the T2202 form (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) and the T4A income slip (Scholarship, Bursary, Fellowship, Award or Prize Income Tax Slip.)
Employees can download their T4 (Statement of Remuneration Paid) and can request a signed T2200S form (Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home Due to COVID-19.)
STUDENT TAX FORMS
All Brock students can download and print their completed 2020 T2202 form (Tuition and Enrolment Certificate) and T4A income slip (Scholarship, Bursary, Fellowship, Award or Prize Income Tax Slip) directly from the my.brocku.ca student portal.
The calculations for courses taken, tax-eligible fees charged and award income earned are based on the 2020 calendar year, not the academic year, as required by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).
Brock University has communicated the information contained in these tax slips to the CRA. Students are asked to consult their tax advisor for full details.
If students are not currently enrolled at Brock and/or forgot their Brock password to access the my.brocku.ca portal, instructions to reset passwords are available on the ITS website as well as the my.brocku.ca portal homepage. Students requiring assistance with password resets may contact the ITS Help Desk at 905-688-5550 x4357. Remote support is available Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Inquiries regarding the form can be made to the Office of the Registrar by emailing email@example.com or calling 905-688-5550 x3052. Students will need their Student ID number for verification. The Office of the Registrar’s hours are Monday to Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Additional details regarding student tax forms can be found on the Student Awards and Financial Aid website.
T2202 form — Tuition and Enrolment Certificate
The Tuition and Enrolment Certificate (T2202 form) is not mailed to students. To access the T2202 form, log in to my.brocku.ca and click on “Tax Certificates” to view or download the form as a PDF.
Beginning in 2019, the CRA made changes to the education and textbook certificate. Prior to 2019, the Tuition and Enrolment Certificate T2202 form was known as the T2202A form.
Students from the United States can go here for more information on education tax credits.
T4A form — Scholarship, Bursary, Fellowship, Award or Prize Income Tax Slip
Students who have received funds from a scholarship, award, bursary, prize or fellowship will receive a T4A income slip. To access it, log in to my.brocku.ca and go to the Student Self-Serve tab. Click on “Tax — T4A,” select the year and click on “GO” to download the tax slip in PDF format.
Students who received an award amount in the 2020 calendar year but are not a student currently registered in the Fall or Winter Term will receive their T4A via mail to their current mailing address on file.
STAFF AND FACULTY TAX FORMS
T4 slip — Statement of Remuneration Paid
Employees who earned an income from Brock University in 2020, including employees who are also students at the University, can download their T4 slip (Statement of Remuneration Paid) from Workday. Employees with earnings from different pay groups may have more than one 2020 T4 slip.
Brock employees who are also students at the University will need to sign in to their employee account to access Workday, not their student account.
To access T4 slips:
- Sign in to Workday with an employee username and password.
- Once signed in, click “Pay” from the applications on the right side of the page.
- Under the “Documents and Elections” heading, select “Tax Documents.” (Click “More” if “Tax Documents” is not visible.)
- Under the “Employee Copy” column, click “View/Print” for the correct tax year.
- A PDF document will open with a T4 to view, save and/or print. (There will be a slight delay in the PDF document appearing while the request is being processed.)
It is important employees save a copy of their T4 to their personal computer for future reference.
A T4 slip job aid provides more details to access T4 slips in Workday.
Employees who require assistance logging in to their employee Workday account, and have an active appointment in Workday, are asked to refer to the Information Technology Services web page or contact the ITS Help Desk at 905-688-5550 x4357. Remote support is available Monday to Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. as well as Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Employees who do not have an active appointment in Workday and had income earnings in 2020 will have their T4 slip mailed to their home address on record in Workday.
Questions regarding T4 slips can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
T2200S form — Declaration of Conditions of Employment for Working at Home Due to COVID-19
In response to the majority of people now working from home due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the CRA announced guidance regarding work from home expenses and the T2200 tax form process on Dec. 15, 2020.
The new guidance will simplify the process for employees to claim home office expenses for 2020.
For the 2020 tax year, there is a new streamlined method called the “Temporary Flat Rate Method”’ by which employees may claim work from home expenses. There is also a more “Detailed Method.” Both are described below.
Temporary Flat Rate Method
This streamlined approach for claiming work from home expenses eases the administrative burden for employees working from home. There is no need to obtain a T2200S form, track expenses or calculate workspace.
- Worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19
- Worked more than 50 per cent of the time from home for a period of at least four consecutive weeks
- Only claiming home office expenses and not claiming any other employment expenses
- The employer did not reimburse the employee for their home office expenses
With the “Temporary Flat Rate Method,” employees can claim $2 for each day they worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19, up to a maximum of $400. The claim amount is submitted directly on the tax return without any supporting documentation or forms needed. This method does not require employees to determine the size of their workspace.
Employees electing to claim actual amounts paid in home office expenses, such as utilities, internet and rent, incurred as a result of working from home due to COVID-19 must follow the “Detailed Method.”
It is recommended employees consult a tax advisor when electing to use the “Detailed Method.” There may be implications on employees’ capital gains exemption on their principal residence if they elect this method.
If an employee chooses to use the “Detailed Method,” only certain expenses are eligible to be claimed. It is the responsibility of the employee to ensure they are only claiming eligible home office expenses. It is recommended employees seek the advice of a qualified tax advisor.
- Worked from home in 2020 due to COVID-19
- Required to pay for expenses related to the workspace in the home
- The individual’s workspace is where they mainly work (more than 50 per cent of the time) for a period of at least four consecutive weeks
- The individual’s expenses are used directly in their work
- Receive a completed and signed T2200S form (specific form due to COVID-19) or a T2200 form from Financial Services. (See below for more details.)
- Can claim the actual amount paid in home office expenses incurred due to working from home due to COVID-19
The following is a sample list of expenses that may be claimed:
- Electricity, heat, water
- Home internet access fees
- Maintenance and minor repair costs
- Office supplies (if not reimbursed by the University)
- Rent paid for a house or apartment where the employee lives
The following is a sample list of expenses that cannot be claimed:
- Mortgage interest and principal payments
- Office furniture (desk, chair, etc.)
- Office equipment (printer, laptop case, calculator, light fixtures, etc.)
- Purchase of a cell phone, computer, laptop, tablet, etc.
- Capital expenditures (replacing windows, flooring, furnace, etc.)
- Computer accessories (monitor, mouse, keyboard, laptop, webcam etc.)
Calculation of workspace:
- Employees need to calculate the size and use (employment and personal) of their workspace. See the CRA website and a tax advisor for assistance with the calculation.
Tax form requirements:
- Employees must complete and attach the T777S form: Statement of Employment Expenses for Working at Home Due to COVID-19 to their tax claim
- They must also obtain a completed and signed T2200S form from Financial Services.
For more information on working from home expenses, including a full list of eligible and ineligible expenses and details on how to calculate your workspace size and use, please visit the CRA website.
T2200 form — Declaration of Conditions of Employment
Most Brock University employees will not require the T2200 form. Most will claim work from home expenses due to COVID-19 through the T2200S form.
In order to claim employment expenses through the T2200 form, an employee’s contract of employment must require that they pay their own expenses, without eligibility for subsequent reimbursement, while carrying out their duties. According to the CRA, this is normally, but not necessarily, set out in written letters of offer, employment policies or collective agreements.
A signed T2200 form does not provide an employee with any assurance that expenses incurred are deductible. The eligibility to deduct employment expenses is a matter between the employee and the Canada Revenue Agency. Employees wishing to deduct employment expenses are advised to review the Canada Revenue Agency’s publications and/or seek advice from their personal tax consultant.
The T2200 form must be signed by the Vice-President, Administration and/or their designate. To obtain a signed T2200 form, fill out a Declaration of Conditions of Employement T2200 Request Form. More information can be found on the Financial Services SharePoint web page.