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Finance Eases Phase-Out of Labour Tax Credit 

Canadian Tax Adviser


December 03, 2013


Finance released draft legislation to provide transitional relief for taxpayers affected by the phase-out of the federal Labour-Sponsored Venture Capital Corporations (LSVCC) tax credit by 2017. The four-page package of amendments was released on November 27, 2013. Finance is asking for comments on the amendments by January 27, 2014.

The 2013 federal budget announced the phase-out of the federal LSVCC tax credit by 2017. This spring, Finance held public consultations on the tax rules governing LSVCCs on potential technical changes to the rules related to investment requirements, wind-ups, redemptions, and other rules governing the operation of LSVCCs.


Transition rules
Based on the feedback received during the consultations, Finance is proposing technical transition rules to facilitate the phase-out of federally registered LSVCCs from the LSVCC tax credit program. The Government is proposing to:


  • Remove investment requirements and penalties for federally registered LSVCCs that give notice of their intent to exit the program.
  • Subject to the approval of the Minister of Finance, allow federally registered LSVCCs to issue new classes of shares that would not be subject to the investment rules applicable to LSVCCs but would not attract the federal LSVCC tax credit.


In addition, Finance said it will accommodate any technical, coordinating changes to provincial legislation meant to facilitate the orderly phase-out of the federal LSVCC tax credit.


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