June 6, 2011
2011 Federal Budget Comes Back with
The newly elected Conservative government today reintroduced the 2011 federal budget originally presented on March 22, 2011. The government has revised its deficit forecast so that the projected deficit has fallen to $36.2 billion (from $40.5 billion) for 2011 but increased to $32.3 billion (from $29.6 billion) for 2012. The government says the remaining years of the forecast period are largely unchanged with a deficit of $19.4 billion in 2013, $9.4 billion in 2014 and a balanced budget in 2015.
The March budget did not change the corporate or personal tax rates or the GST rate but it did include several measures to tighten the tax base, including ending corporate partnership tax deferral, new RRSP anti-avoidance rules and more restrictive rules for individual pension plans. As expected, these tax measures remain essentially the same in the June budget, with the same effective dates.
A new measure in the June budget states that the government has made a provision in 2011-12 for $2.2 billion in support of an agreement between Canada and Quebec on sales tax harmonization.
Selected budget measures are highlighted below. For details on these and other tax measures included in the budget, see KPMG’s TaxNewsFlash-Canada 2011-08, “2011 Federal Budget Highlights”. You can also get information and insight on the budget from KPMG’s March 22, 2011 webcast, available on kpmg.ca.
Business Tax Changes
partnership tax deferral
In this situation, the corporate partner may not be able to claim a reserve under the proposed new rules. Many complexities are also inherent in multi-tiered partnership structures.
We may have to await release of draft legislation to gain more certainty on the application of these rules to the wide range of corporate partners’ particular situations.
Highlights of business
· Extend the accelerated capital cost allowance (CCA) for manufacturing and processing equipment
· Accelerate CCA for clean energy generation equipment
· Expand the range of trusts eligible for Qualifying Environmental Trust treatment
· Change the tax treatment of capital expenses in oil sands projects
· Extend the stop-loss rules that apply to share redemptions
· Introduce a hiring tax credit for small businesses
· Review the rules applying to employee profit sharing plans.
Personal Tax Changes
Another concern that has been identified is the tax treatment of income on a prohibited investment earned before March 22, 2011 that is paid out to the RRSP after March 22, 2011 on an investment that has become a prohibited investment as of March 22, 2011 under the proposed new regime.
Hopefully, the draft legislation will provide some clarity and relief in these situations.
publicly listed flow-through shares
Highlights of personal
· Change the rules applying to contributions and withdrawals from Individual Pension Plans
· Extend the tax on split income to capital gains
· Extend eligibility for the Mineral Exploration Tax Credit
· Introduce a new Children’s Arts Tax Credit
· Introduce a new Family Caregiver Tax Credit
· Change the withdrawal rules for Registered Disability Savings Plans
· Extend the Tuition Tax Credit to certain examination fees
· Introduce a new Volunteer Firefighters Tax Credit
· Remove the limit on claiming certain eligible expenses under the Medical Expense Tax Credit
· Allow RESPs more flexibility in sharing assets among siblings.
budget resolutions reintroduced
We can help
Your KPMG adviser can help you assess the effect of the tax changes in this year’s federal 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 Ministry of Finance.
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