February 9, 2012

No. 2012-05



2012 Alberta Budget Highlights

Today Alberta Finance Minister Ron Liepert delivered the province’s 2012 budget. The budget anticipates a deficit of $886 million for 2012-13, a surplus of $952 million for 2013-14 and a surplus of about $5 billion for 2014-15.

The budget does not include any corporate or personal income tax rate changes.

Highlights of tax measures announced in today’s budget are summarized below.

Business Tax Changes


Alberta’s SR&ED tax credit

Alberta’s refundable Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) investment tax credit (ITC) is worth 10% of annual eligible expenditures up to $4 million, for a maximum credit of $400,000 for all corporations that carry on business at a permanent establishment situated in Alberta. Eligible expenditures for Alberta purposes are those that qualify for federal ITC purposes that were incurred in Alberta. 

The Alberta expenditure base is reduced by federal ITCs earned in the prior year on that portion of federal eligible expenditures that generate Alberta ITCs in that year, i.e., Alberta’s credit is reduced by the federal ITC. The budget proposes to eliminate this “grind” to the Alberta SR&ED tax credit, effective for tax years ending after March 31, 2012.

Property Tax Changes


Education property tax

In 2012, education property tax rates will remain at 2011 levels. As such, the residential/farm rate will be $2.70 per $1,000 of equalized assessment and the non-residential rate will be $3.97 per $1,000 of equalized assessment.

We can help

Your KPMG adviser can help you assess the effect of the tax changes in this year’s Alberta 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 Alberta Ministry of Finance.





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