March 7, 2013

No. 2013-06



Highlights of the 2013 Alberta Budget

Today Alberta Finance Minister Doug Horner delivered the province’s 2013 budget. The budget does not include any corporate or personal income tax rate changes or any other significant income tax measures.

The only tax rate change in this year’s budget applies to the Education Property Tax.

Business Tax

Corporate income tax rates

The budget did not announce any changes to the corporate tax rate. As a result, the corporate income tax rates effective January 1, 2013 remain as follows:

Corporate Income Tax Rates — As of January 1, 2013



Combined Federal and Alberta







Small business*



*On first $500,000 of active business income

Personal Tax

Personal income tax rates
No changes to Alberta’s 10% flat personal income tax rate were announced in the budget. As a result, Alberta’s combined federal and provincial top marginal tax rates remain as follows:

Personal Combined Top Marginal Tax Rates for 2013

Interest and regular income


Capital gains


Eligible dividends


Non-eligible dividends


Indexation of personal tax credits  

The budget notes that the indexation factor for 2013 is 1.8%, meaning that the basic personal and spousal tax credits will increase to $17,593 for 2013 (from $17,282 for 2012).

Education Property Tax

Education property tax rates reduced

Education property tax rates will be reduced by 1.8% in 2013. As such, the residential/farmland property tax rate will be reduced to $2.65 per $1,000 of equalized assessment (from $2.70). The non-residential rate will be reduced to $3.90 per $1,000 of equalized assessment (from $3.97).

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