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March 30, 2021
Canada: Nova Scotia issues budget 2021–22
On 25 March 2021, Nova Scotia Minister of Finance and Treasury Board Labi Kousoulis tabled the province’s fiscal 2021–22 budget. The budget contains no new taxes and no tax increases.
The Minister anticipates a deficit of CA$584.9 million1 for 2021–22 and projects deficits for each of the next two years.
The following is a brief summary of the key tax measures.
Business tax measures
Corporate tax rates
No changes are proposed to the corporate tax rates or the $500,000 small-business limit.
Nova Scotia’s (NS) 2021 corporate tax rates are summarized in Table A.
Table A – 2021 corporate tax rates
* Rates represent calendar-year rates unless otherwise indicated.
Personal income tax rates
The budget does not include any changes to personal income tax rates.
The 2021 Nova Scotia personal tax rates are summarized in Table B.
Table B – 2021 Nova Scotia personal tax rates
* Individuals resident in Nova Scotia on 31 December 2021 with taxable income up to $11,894 pay no provincial income tax as a result of a low-income tax reduction. The low-income tax reduction is clawed back for income in excess of $15,000 until the reduction is eliminated, resulting in an additional 5% of provincial tax on income between $15,001 and $21,000.
For taxable income in excess of $150,000, the 2021 combined federal-Nova Scotia personal income tax rates are outlined in Table C.
Table C – Combined 2021 federal and Nova Scotia personal tax rates
* The rate on capital gains is one-half the ordinary income tax rate.
Other tax measures
Extension of Equity Tax Credit for CEDIFS
The Equity Tax Credit, which was introduced in 1999 and provides a non-refundable credit for investments in shares of an eligible business, was phased out as of 31 December 2019, with the exception of investments in Community Economic Development Investment Funds (CEDIFs). The budget proposes that the tax credit for these investments, previously scheduled to expire on 28 February 2022, will now be extended for a 10-year period.
The tax credit for CEDIFs provides a 35% tax credit for individuals who invest up to $50,000 and hold their shares for a five-year period. Rollover tax credits provide an additional 20% when individuals retain their shares for an additional 5 years (10 years in total) and a further 10% when individuals retain their shares for a period of 15 years.
For additional information with respect to this Alert, please contact the following:
Ernst & Young LLP (Canada), Halifax