March 26, 2013

No. 2013-13



Highlights of the 2013 Newfoundland Budget

Today Newfoundland and Labrador Finance Minister Jerome Kennedy delivered the province’s 2013 budget. The budget anticipates a deficit of $430.9 million in 2013, $563.8 million in 2014 and $650.5 million in 2015. The budget includes a sustainability plan that lays out the province’s fiscal management for the next 10 years, including a return to surplus by 2016.

The budget does not include any corporate or personal income tax rate changes or any other significant income tax measures. The budget introduces new fees and increases some existing fees, including those for quarry material, forestry permits and various fisheries and aquaculture activities.

Highlights of measures in the budget are noted below.

Business Tax

Corporate income tax rates

The budget did not introduce any new corporate income tax rate changes. As a result, Newfoundland and Labrador’s corporate income tax rates effective January 1, 2013 remain as follows:

       Corporate Income Tax Rates – As of January 1, 2013


Newfoundland and Labrador

Combined Federal and Newfoundland and Labrador



Small business1







1.  Newfoundland’s small business rate applies on the first $500,000 of active business income.

Film and video tax credit

The Film and Video Tax Credit limit will increase to a maximum of $4 million (from $3 million) for eligible projects of an associated corporate group.

Personal Tax

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:

Personal Combined Top Marginal

Tax Rates for 2013

Interest and regular income


Capital gains


Eligible dividends


Non-eligible dividends



Fees and Tobacco Tax


The budget increases various fees and implements some new fees as well. These changes affect fees for the following items, among others:

·      Online vehicle registration renewals

·      Provincial historic sites

·      Quarry material

·      Ferry service

·      Highway access permits

·      Tender documents

·      Forestry permits

·      Tax clearance certificates

·      Labour standards clearance certificates

·      Various fisheries and aquaculture activities.

Tobacco tax

The tobacco tax will increase by 1.5 cents per cigarette, effective 12:01 am March 27, 2013.

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We can help

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

For details, contact:

KPMG Tax professionals in Newfoundland and Labrador


Kevin Sullivan

Partner, Tax

T: 709-733-5003



Ian Cumbie

Senior Manager, Tax
T: 709-733-5012





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