The information provided on this page is intended to provide general guidance only. We cannot provide any tax-related advice or opinion. We recommend reviewing the CRA website and contacting their tax inquiries line or consulting an accredited CPA firm for information regarding current tax laws. We recommend having any return prepared or reviewed by a professional accountant before filing.
Reviewing CRA's T2 Return Guide before Starting
Before starting a T2 return, review the CRA's T2 "Before you start" guide.
A PDF version of the CRA's T2 guide is available here.
The CRA's T2 guide covers topics including:
- Who has to file a T2 return?
- When do you have to file your return?
- When and how do corporations pay income tax?
Assembling Information before Starting the T2 Return
For the best-possible experience, assemble the following information and materials prior to undertaking the T2 return:
- prior-year financial statements and T2 return, if applicable
- articles of incorporation
- list of product and services provided in percentages
- obtain backup electronic copies of applicable bookkeeping (e.g., QuickBooks, Simply accounting, MS Excel, etc.), trial balance sheet, income statement, general ledger, credit card and bank statements of the last month of the corporation year
- corporate installment payments made during the year
- copy of prior years' Notice of Assessment (NOA)
- correspondence with any government relating to the corporation
- list of changes to the corporation from last year (e.g., new director, shareholders, new assets, etc.)
- business number of the corporation (review the incorporation documents or prior-year return)
- address of corporation, including head office, mailing and location of books, if applicable (you can review the CRA ?My Account? feature for this information)
- fiscal year-end date of company
- enter information and carry-forward the return in ProFile of the prior-year corporation return, if available
- provide a signed RC59 form to acquire access to the client?s business information through the CRA. Note: a RC59 form is now only to request mail or phone authorization. ProFile recommends that preparers follow the instructions here to acquire full online authorization using the CRA's "Represent a Client" function.
Completing the T2 Return Information Page
It is not necessary to enter data directly into the "T2jacket" for most T2 entries.
Navigate to the "Info" form in ProFile. Using the information assembled from the list above, complete the ?Info? form. Most of the information on the "Info" form automatically populates pages 1 or 2 of the "T2jacket".
To learn more about Page 1 and 2 of the "T2jacket", review the corresponding guide here, pages 20-32. This material will clarify type of corporation, the difference between selecting CCPC, public corporation and others, etc.
Completing Common T2 Return Schedules (as applicable)
The following schedules may need to be completed for a T2 Return:
- import GIFIs to complete Schedule 100 and 125; ensure the balance sheet balances correctly. if this is a new client, review in the accounting software to confirm if the chart of accounts has the correct GIFIs assigned to them.
- complete Schedule 101 for a first-year corporation filing; complete Schedule 24 if applicable and review lines 70-72.
- complete Schedule 50 (shareholder information)
- complete Schedule 8 (CCA of physical assets)
- complete Schedule 3 (did the corporation issue a dividend to shareholders or receive dividends?)
- complete Schedule 2 (if the corporation made charitable donations)
- complete Schedule 11 (did the shareholder receive or make a loan to the corporation?)
- complete RACDetails (if the corporation is related to or associated with another corporation). Review related forms identified on the RACDetails form (e.g., Schedule 9, 23, 49, etc.)
To learn more about schedules, review the CRA's T2 Return guide here.
Finishing the T2 Return and EFILE
- Complete other applicable schedules based on corporation status: reviewing the prior year?s T2 will direct you on any additional schedules. In addition, the notes attached from changes in the corporation may also point towards additional forms. Use professional judgment in this regard.
- Review the "T2jacket".
- Review the "RSI", "Warnings", and "Summary" tabs in ProFile's Active Auditor; sign-off or address any warnings. EFILE will not be possible if warnings are outstanding at the time of the EFILE attempt.
- Have the client sign a paper copy of Form T183 to permit client consent for the EFILE to occur.
- EFILE the T2 return.