In B.C., residents pay monthly Medical Service Plan(MSP) rates (premiums), which help meet a portion of the costs of B.C.’s health-care system. The rest of the cost of the health-care system is covered from income taxes. We will discuss the received benefits of MSP in the section "Government Resources". Employer's Health Tax (EHT) is the currently proposed tax that would replace MSP and be paid via payroll like your income taxes.
What is the Employer Health Tax?
The employer health tax will be an annual payroll tax that will apply to employers beginning January 2019. An employer is an entity that has payroll. Payroll (also known as remuneration) is employment income and taxable benefits under the Income Tax Act.
Employers with B.C. payroll:
Between $500,000.01 and $1,500,000 will pay the tax as calculated:
Greater than $1,500,000 will pay 1.95% on their total payroll:
Charitable and non-profit employers with B.C. payroll calculate the EHT for each of their locations and pay the total of each location’s EHT. For each location with B.C.payroll: