Before you begin…

The information provided on this page provides general guidance only. ProFile and it's support agents 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.

Related T2 learning materials

Before starting a T2 return, we recommend reviewing the CRA's T2 "Before you start" guide (a PDF version of the guide is available here).

The CRA's guide covers most T2-releated topics including who has to file a T2 return, when it must be filed, and when and how to 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

Acquiring online client authorization

ProFile recommends that preparers follow the instructions here to acquire full online authorization using the CRA's "Represent a Client" function.

Completing common T2 return schedules

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 (for example, Schedule 9, 23, 49, etc.)

GIFI Import from QuickBooks Desktop for T2 in ProFile

Note: it is necessary to undertake QuickBooks integration prior to importing GIFI from QuickBooks Desktop.

The General Index of Financial Information (GIFI) is a comprehensive list of financial statement items where each item has a unique code. It allows a corporation to report its unique combination of accounts to the CRA.

  1. Open a T2 return in ProFile.
  2. Ensure that the ProFile T2 taxation year matches the corresponding year entered in QuickBooks.
  3. Select the “Yes” option for the question “Complete return from GIFI?” in the “Filing” section of the ProFile T2 return.
  4. Select the “QuickBooks Desktop Import…” option from the “File” dropdown menu in the top toolbar.
  5. Set the “Year start” and “Year end” values in the “GIFI Data Import” window.
  6. Click the “Continue” button.
  7. Review the amounts being imported from QuickBooks to ProFile.
  8. If correct, click the “Import” button.

Support and Assistance

We have many T2-related support articles available in our ProFile Community. This information is available 24-hours a day for your convenience.

Let’s get training!

ProFile offers comprehensive, in-product training for T2:

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To activate the T2 training, select the appropriate T2 module (for example, 2017-2019) from the “Training” drop-down menu in the top toolbar.

The training module is available in the top of the return for you to follow along and populate the T2 return and related materials as you learn:

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