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Highlights of the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget 

Highlights of the 2012 Newfoundland and Labrador Budget

April 24, 2012

No. 2012-20


Newfoundland and Labrador’s Finance Minister tabled the province’s 2012 budget on April 24, 2012. The budget forecasts a surplus of $776.4 million for 2011-12 and projects deficits of $258.4 million for 2012-13 and $432.9 million for 2013-14. The province expects to return to a surplus of $44.3 million for 2014-15. The budget does not contain any corporate or personal tax changes.


Business Tax Changes

Corporate income tax rates

The budget did not introduce any new corporate income tax rate changes. As a result, the province's corporate income tax rates effective January 1, 2012 remain as follows:

The budget announces that the province will invest approximately $91 million in continuing tax credits and incentives for businesses including the following credits and programs:


  • Small Business Tax Credit
  • Manufacturing and Processing Profits Tax Credit
  • Scientific Research and Experimental Development Tax Credit
  • Film and Video Tax Credit
  • Economic Diversification and Growth Enterprise Program
  • Direct Equity Tax Credit
  • Resort Property Investment Tax Credit.


The budget also pledges $9 million in new funding to increase apprenticeship training, support post-secondary institutions and students, and enhance workforce development.


Personal Tax Changes

Personal income tax rates

No changes to the personal income tax rates were announced. As a result, Newfoundland and Labrador's combined top marginal tax rates remain as follows:



The budget states that the province will continue existing tax initiatives, such as the Residential Energy Rebate, the supplementary Child Care Tax Credit and the Low Income Seniors' Benefit.


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Your KPMG adviser can help you assess the effects of any fiscal changes in this year's Newfoundland & Labrador budget on your personal finances or business affairs. We can also keep you abreast of the progress of these proposals as they make their way into law.


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