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Highlights of the 2014 Nova Scotia Budget 

Tax News Flash
Tax News Flash
Tax News Flash

Highlights of the 2014 Nova Scotia Budget

April 3, 2014

No. 2014-22


Today Nova Scotia Finance Minister Diana Whalen delivered the province’s 2014 budget. The budget, which does not include any corporate or personal income tax rate changes, projects a deficit of $279 million in 2014-15. Among other changes, the budget cancels the previously planned HST rate reduction and eliminates the Graduate Retention Rebate.


The Nova Scotia government also confirmed its previous commitment to undertake a comprehensive review of taxes, fees, and regulations based on the principles of fairness, sustainability, simplicity, and competitiveness. The review will be delivered in fall 2014.


Highlights of tax measures in the budget are noted below.


Business Tax


Corporate income tax


Corporate Income Tax Rates – As of January 1, 2014


Nova Scotia

Combined Federal and Nova Scotia

Small business1



Nova Scotia’s small business rate applies on the first $350,000 of active business income.


The budget did not announce any changes to the corporate income tax rate. As a result, the corporate income tax rates effective January 1, 2014 are as follows:


Personal Tax


Personal income tax


Combined Federal and Provincial Top Marginal Tax Rates for 2014

Interest and regular income


Capital gains


Eligible dividends


Non-eligible dividends


* The non-eligible dividend rate increased from 36.21% as a result of the federal changes to the non-eligible dividend tax credit rate announced in 2013.


No changes to Nova Scotia’s personal income tax rate were announced in the budget. As a result, Nova Scotia’s combined federal and provincial top marginal tax rates are as follows:


Graduate Retention Rebate


The budget eliminates the Graduate Retention Rebate, effective January 1, 2014. According to Nova Scotia, graduates will still able to receive the rebate for the 2013 tax year.


Indirect Tax


Harmonized Sales Tax


In maintaining the provincial Harmonized Sales Tax at 15%, the budget cancels plans to reduce the HST rate to 14% (from 15%) this year, as announced in early 2012. Previously, Nova Scotia announced it would reduce the HST rate to 14% (from 15%) on July 1, 2014 and to 13% (from 14%) on July 1, 2015, or earlier.


Other Tax


Power efficiency fee


The budget announces that the efficiency fee will be eliminated from power bills effective January 1, 2015.


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We can help


Your KPMG adviser can help you assess the effect of the tax changes in this year’s Nova Scotia budget on your personal finances or business affairs, and point out ways to take advantage of their benefits or ease their impact. We can also keep you abreast of the progress of these proposals as they make their way into law and help you bring any concerns you may have to the attention of the Nova Scotia Ministry of Finance.


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