Where are my T4s?
March 11, 2008 5:11 AM   Subscribe

Canadian-TaxFilter: How do I get a hold of my missing T4s?

So I'd like to file my taxes for last year and for another year that I haven't yet filed for. Stubborn ex-employers are "unable" to supply me with copies of my T4s.

I know there is some way for me to get a hold of these, but don't know how. I've checked around on the Revenue Canada website to no avail.

If it helps, I'm in Ottawa.

posted by sunshinesky to Work & Money (6 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
I'm pretty sure it's not legal to be "unable" to supply you with last year's T4.
At the office where I work, they are obligated to keep your work info for the last 5 years minimum.
posted by PowerCat at 5:25 AM on March 11, 2008

This seems to cover your situation. From the CRA web site:

Getting a prior-year T4 slip
If you need a T4 slip for 2006 or previous years and you could not get one from the employer, call 1-800-959-8281.
posted by gwenzel at 5:31 AM on March 11, 2008 [1 favorite]

One follow-up: If by "last year" you mean 2007, then your employer is obligated to provide you with a T4 by the end of February. If an ex-employer has already given you a T4 for a prior year, then they aren't obligated to give you another one. They have to give CRA a copy of the T4 when they give one to you, though, which is why CRA should be able to provide you with a replacement for prior years.
posted by gwenzel at 5:33 AM on March 11, 2008

I called for mine a couple of years ago and they arrived promptly. No problemo.
posted by unSane at 5:37 AM on March 11, 2008

posted by sunshinesky at 5:37 AM on March 11, 2008

The year I lost all my T4s I found out that you can just walk in to your local CRA office and request a printout. It's just a single sheet with all the pertinent info from each file T4 and they printed it while I waited.

There may have been a reprint fee, but I am not 100% on that.
posted by roooooot at 11:52 AM on March 11, 2008

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