I am reporting this topic in “Bug Reports” because there is an inconsistency between the T2 Guide and how TaxCycle is handling the newest instructions. This may not be a bug in the software, it could very well be a bug or outright error in the latest version of the T2 Guide.
The T2 Corporation Income Tax Guide - Schedule 1 Instructions are found here;
The newest version of the guide has quietly and deliberately inserted the following instruction as the very first sentence regarding the Schedule 1 instructions. “Use Schedule 1 to report income from the COVID-19 programs. Clearly identify each of the COVID‑19 subsidies received on line 605 (for example, “CEWS $15,500”) with a corresponding “0” entry on line 295”.
Unfortunately, even if you include the descriptions on line 605 for each of the subsidies received as instructed by the CRA, TaxCycle ignores those lines completely unless you enter an amount on line 295. TaxCycle issues a warning if there is a description on line 605 but zero entered on line 295. Essentially, TaxCycle is unable to handle the instructions contained in the T2 Guide.
The next two images demonstrate this;
The first image is a screenshot of a T2 Schedule 1 as it is being completed in the software. The second image is a screenshot of the actual Schedule 1 that is published by the software and does not contain any reference to the entries made on line 605.
It seems that CRA’s request to enter a description with an amount on line 605 but no corresponding entry on line 295 would provide a solution to the problem of Covid Assistance being included in the financial statements of the corporation but also required to be added again on the schedule 1. It looks like the CRA wants to verify that Covid Assistance has been reported, so the description on line 605 of schedule 1 (which is normally an efile transmitted field) sort of accomplishes that. Unfortunately, TaxCycle doesn’t transmit the information from line 605 on efile if there is a zero on line 295. I even checked a .COR file and there are no entries in the transmission unit for line 605 even though the line contains data and is normally a transmitted field if it has an entry on it.
Once again, I’m not saying the bug is with the software, the bug could be with the T2 Guide itself. What I am confirming is the software is unable to produce what the current version of the T2 guide is requesting.
Perhaps one of the fine tax analysts at TaxCycle who are privileged enough to be able to speak with someone at CRA that has answers might be able to sort out how exactly they want the Covid Assistance reported. Unfortunately, I’m not high enough up the food chain to have access to anyone at the CRA who can actually answer anything other than basic questions.