A Lifestyle Spending Account (LSA) covers many services and products that allow you to live a healthier life. This includes items like gym & studio memberships, fitness trackers, and athletic gear. Reimbursements from this account are considered a taxable benefit, meaning you will pay taxes on the money you receive from this account.
How much will I get taxed?
Money spent from your LSA will be taxed according to your marginal income tax rate as per Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) guidelines. You’ll only get taxed on the funds you actually use.
Example: If you allocated $2,000 in LSA funds, but only used $1,000 and are taxed at a 30% marginal income tax rate, then you will owe approximately $300 in taxes.
How often will I be taxed?
LSA usage will be taxed once per month, on the following month after usage. This tax implication will appear on your payroll from the 15th of that month.
Example: If you use $100 of LSA in March 2019, you will see the applicable taxes for that usage on your April 15th, 2019 payroll.
How do I report this benefit when filing my taxes?
Generally, there is no extra work required for League members in order to report this benefit on your taxes. The amount of money spent from your LSA will be reported to your employer, who will include it on your T4A Form for the year.