is cpp automatically paid by the act of filing taxes? or must i check a box somewhere in the online filing process?

hi, i'm wolf and curious:  i completed online prep and ready to file, both spouses are self-employed no children, but her schedule 8 is empty.  what are possible reasons a schedule 8 might be empty?  is cpp automatically paid by the act of filing taxes?  or must i check a box somewhere in the online filing process?

and if she did not file taxes since 09, might that explain an empty schedule 8?

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I thought you were asking about CPP pension payments. You have to apply to Service Canada to get those when you retire.

As regards CPP premium payments, both the employer and employee , and yes self-employed must make monthly contributions according to a schedule dependent on income.

On your T1 tax form you report CPP contribution amounts that have been deducted from your pay, for which you receive a non-refundable tax credit equal to the amount you paid annually.

Certain types of payment, say for contract services reported on a T4A are not eligible for CPP anyway. Some contract hirers use this as a means to avoid making CPP contributions.
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