Free Online TD1 2021 Form (Personal Tax Credits Return)

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Free Online TD1 2021 Form (Personal Tax Credits Return)

What is a TD1 form?

A TD1 form is used to calculate the amount of income tax that should be applied to an employee’s pay. Employees are required to fill out TD1s and send them to their employers and pension providers, who can then complete necessary reports and make payments to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). 


There are two types of TD1 forms – federal and provincial. The term “TD1” refers specifically to federal forms, while provincial forms are followed by an abbreviation signifying the applicable territory, such as “TD1ON” for Ontario and “TD1BC” for British Columbia. Generally speaking, employees need to fill out both federal and provincial forms. 


The use of TD1 forms enables the Canada Revenue Agency to collect the appropriate amount of tax every time an employee is paid, rather than as a lump sum at the end of the tax year. Individuals who are not entitled to credits above the Basic Personal Allowance will pay tax in accordance with the requisite federaland provincial rates (the 2021 basic rate is 15% of a person’s initial $49,020 of earnings). 

Employers are tasked with deducting tax from their workers’ earnings. At the end of the year, underpayments and overpayments are calculated by the CRA, and refunds or requests for outstanding amounts are issued. 

Who needs to complete a TD1 2021 form?

Organizations will usually advise employees about when and how to complete TD1 forms. You will usually need to complete and submit a TDL in the following circumstances:

  • You have a new employer and will receive monetary compensation. 
  • Your tax credit entitlements change (for example, if you have new dependants or intend to claim for a disability). 
  • You move to a “prescribed zone” with additional tax credit entitlements. 
  • You wish to increase the amount of tax on your earnings. You may, for example, have other sources of income. By having the CRA deduct tax over the course of the year, you will not have to pay as much in the form of a lump sum when you file your income tax and benefit return (T1).

Not all possible deductions are included in a TD1 form. To claim some kinds of tax credits, you’ll need to fill out a T1213 form. 

It’s worth reiterating that a TD1 form is not the same as a tax return, which you will use to calculate the total amount of money that you owe at the end of the tax year for the purposes of sending additional payments to the CRA or claiming refunds. 

How should you fill out your TD1 2021 form?

Employers have the option to create custom forms that, as long as they meet certain requirements, can be used instead of the official TD1 form issued by the Canadian government. 


If you are an employee, your employer will provide you with the form you need to complete, either by sending you a web address to the relevant CRA page or a digital TD1 that you can fill out and submit online. 


Filling out a TD1 is a relatively straightforward process. You will be prompted to specify the total amount of tax deductions you are entitled to for each category of credits. If you are a new employee, you will be given a TD1 as part of the onboarding process. The CRA has also published worksheets to assist individuals when completing TD1s. 

Are there any important changes to personal tax credits in 2021?

The tax allowances for 2021 are stipulated in the official TD1 form. The “Basic Personal Amount” for 2021 is $13,808. The disability tax credit is $8.662.

Information about entitlements, income tax brackets, and special circumstances, for both employers and employees, is published by the CRA. 

From 2020 onwards, organizations should send employees a link to a page of the Canadian government website where they can print off a TD1 form, fill it in, and either hand it in manually or scan it and submit it via email. 

Where can I find a TD1 form template?

If you are an employer, you have two options. You can either provide your employees with a link to the official TD1 form issued by the Canadian government or create your own form to collect the necessary employee information.

Non-official forms must mirror the TD1 form on the government website and include an identity verification method as they will not be hand-signed. Employees can verify their identities, for example, by clicking on a submission button that reads “I agree,” among other methods. 

You must also meet the CRA’s regulations regarding record storage and maintenance. If you use PandaDoc, you will automatically adhere to these rules. 

The benefits of using a self-created form are that you can distribute it digitally and automatically collect and store employee information, which will be readily accessible when performing payroll tasks.

Can I store TD1 2021 data securely with PandaDoc?

In a word, yes. Using a service like PandaDoc to collect employee information carries several benefits.

You can use our premade template, which meets all the requirements stipulated by the Canadian government, to create TD1 2021 forms, distribute them digitally to your employees, and securely store their responses on PandaDoc servers ready for use during monthly payroll tasks. 

By automating form distribution, data collection, and data storage, you’ll also streamline your workflow and save significant amounts of time and financial resources. 

All PandaDoc templates, including the TD1 form for 2021, are available for free. Sign up for an account to see if PandaDoc is a fit for you and your business.

Useful links

TD1 Form 2021(This form includes tax credit amounts for 2021)

Guidance on Custom Forms

Canada Revenue Agency Homepage