Since the bill has received first reading and P.E.I. has a majority government, the corporate measures included in the bill are considered substantively enacted for purposes of IFRS and ASPE as of November 13, 2013.
Bill 7 increases the dividend tax credit on non-eligible dividends to 21% (from 14.5%) of the federal gross-up for non-eligible dividends, effective January 1, 2014. P.E.I. previously announced that it would adjust the dividend tax credit on non-eligible dividends in its 2013 budget, however it did not provide any details at that time.
P.E.I. recently increased the dividend tax credit on non-eligible dividends to 14.5% (from 5%) in Bill 47, effective January 1, 2013.
The change in Bill 7 appears to be in response to the federal changes to the taxation of non-eligible dividends announced in the 2013 federal budget, effective 2014. As a result, the top federal-provincial marginal tax rate on non-eligible dividends paid in 2014 increases slightly to 38.74% (from 38.56% in 2013). However, before the amendment, the top federal-provincial marginal tax rate on non-eligible dividends paid in 2014 would have been 40.03%, as a result of the federal changes.
Prince Edward Island's combined top marginal tax rates on non-eligible dividends before and after Bill 7 are as follows:
Phase-out of credit union deduction
Bill 7 includes amendments to gradually phase-out the additional deduction for credit unions. The amendments mirror the plans announced in the 2013 federal budget to eliminate the federal additional deduction for credit unions.
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