April 4, 2013
Highlights of the 2013 Nova Scotia Budget
Today Nova Scotia Finance Minister Maureen MacDonald delivered the province’s 2013 budget. The budget is balanced, and projects surpluses of $16.4 million in 2013-14, $18.3 million in 2014-15, $19.4 million in 2015-16 and $21.9 million in 2016-17. The budget reduces the small business income tax rate for 2014, lowers the small business limit threshold and confirms its promise to lower the province’s Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) rate beginning in 2014, among other corporate and personal tax changes.
Highlights of tax measures announced in today’s budget are summarized below.
Business Tax Changes
Small business income tax rate
The budget says the government will reduce the small business corporate income tax rate to 3.0% (from 3.5%), effective January 1, 2014. The small business income threshold will also decrease to $350,000 (from $400,000).
As a result, Nova Scotia's
corporate income tax rates effective January 1, 2013 will be as follows:
Corporate Income Tax Rates – As of January 1, 2013
1. Nova Scotia’s small business rate will decrease to 3.0% (from 3.5%) effective January 1, 2014. The small business limit threshold will also decrease to $350,000 (from $400,000).
Indirect Tax Changes
Harmonized Sales Tax changes
The budget confirms that the province’s Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) will be reduced to 14% (from 15%) in 2014, with a further reduction to 13% in 2015. This change will bring Nova Scotia’s HST rate back to the same level it was in 2010.
Personal Tax Changes
Personal income tax rates
No changes to the personal income tax rates were announced. As a result, Nova Scotia's combined top marginal tax rates remain as follows:
Personal Income Tax Rates – As of January 1, 2013
1. The budget announced that it will maintain its highest income tax bracket
of 21% ( 50% combined federal and Nova Scotia) on income of $ 150,000
or more, even though this bracket was scheduled to be removed once the budget was balanced.
Other Tax Measures
Digital media and film industry tax credits
The Digital Media Tax Credit, previously set to expire at the end of 2012, will be extended to December 31, 2013. This is a refundable tax credit for costs directly related to the development of interactive digital media products. Total potential tax credits available on qualifying expenditures can be as much as 60% depending upon the geographic area.
The budget also confirms the Province’s continued support for the Film Industry Tax Credit which also provides potential tax credits of up to 65% for film productions in Nova Scotia.
The budget increases the tax rate on cigarettes by 2 cents per cigarette or gram of fine-cut tobacco, effective April 5, 2013.
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 Department of Finance.
For details, contact:
KPMG Tax professionals in Nova Scotia:
Steven Moore, CA
Mike Power, CA
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