Tips for coordinating a smooth income verification
Income and employment history matter… a lot. The Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) says income must be “rigorously” verified; however, there are lots of ways your client can prove their income.
Here are some tips that’ll help make income verification a breeze with underwriters:
- For your clients who have confirmable taxed at source income (salaried, hourly, part-time), our underwriters request an employment letter and current paystub, and will call the employer for confirmation.
- If your client’s overtime, bonus, or other income is required – or their hours are not guaranteed – a 2-year history is needed. The current YTD on the paystub should also support their income.
- If your client is self-employed, underwriters need to know the details of the business.
- What is the line of work?
- How long have they been in business?
- Are they a sole proprietor or incorporated/Ltd?
- Do they have any employees?
- Are they the only owner of the business?
- Do they have current accountant prepared financial statements if incorporated/Ltd?
- If the client’s corporation has a holding company, the holding company’s financials will also need to be provided.
- Commission income that is taxed at the source cannot be used in combination with BFS programs.
- If you’re dealing with a regulated lender, the NOAs need to show that no income taxes are owing.
Hopefully this provides additional clarity. Please check out our income verification webpage for more information on the documents your clients need!