While Canada’s tax system is generally one of self-reporting, there are a variety of checks and balances built into it to verify that taxpayers are, indeed, reporting their income properly each year. The most common method the Canada Revenue Agency has of checking up on us is to match the various types of income we report with the income that is reported on T-Slips, copies of which are electronically submitted to the agency by payors. For example, employers report employment income on a T4 slip, investment income is reported on T3 or T5 slips, the disposition of securities is reported by your broker on a T5008 slip and RRSP withdrawals are tracked on T4RSP slips.

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