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ARCHIVED - Redesign of CRA Website–Employee Benefits and Allowances

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The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website that housed information regarding employee benefits and allowances was redesigned to make information easier to find. An alphabetical index will be added to provide quick access to topics that are listed by their technical name as well as by common and alternative names. Decision trees are to be added to guide users through a series of questions to help them determine if certain benefits paid to employees are taxable or not.

Target Audience:

Canadian employers

Start Date and End Date:

The redesigned Web site was launched in December 2011.

Responsible Department or Agency:

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA)


The Canadian Payroll Association has been a valuable partner in this initiative.


The CRA Web page describes the various benefits and allowances that employers may offer to their employees. Whether or not they are taxable depends on the type of benefit or allowance, and the reason an employee or officer receives it. Navigation on the website will be improved when an alphabetical index of benefits and allowances is added that uses both technical terms and more common names. The addition of decision trees will also make it easier and quicker for employers to determine the taxability of the benefits and allowances that they provide.



For additional information, please contact:

Media enquiries:

NoŰl Carisse
Media Relations
Canada Revenue Agency
Telephone: 613-952-9184

Other enquiries:

Business enquiries: 1-800-959-5525