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It's that time of year: time for Canadians to jump through hoops trying to figure out how much tax to pay. While paying your taxes can be an exhausting exercise, it doesn't have to be — especially when you have all the information collected for you, which we've done below. Here's what you need to know about income tax rates:
How to Identify your Tax Bracket
How much tax you'll pay is determined by what province or territory you live in and how much income you declare from all sources. Importantly, your provincial rate is determined by the province you are living in on December 31 of the tax year. So, if you move from Ontario to Nova Scotia in July, and you find yourself living in Nova Scotia on December 31, you would fall under the Nova Scotia provincial tax rates.Get $10,000 managed free for a year when you sign up for a new Wealthsimple account. Invest as little as a dollar and we’ll build you a personalized investment portfolio to grow your wealth.
How Canadian Tax Brackets Work
Your tax bracket is based on “taxable income,” which is your gross income from all sources, minus any tax deductions you may qualify for. In other words, it’s your net income after you've claimed all your eligible deductions.
Once you know what your taxable income is, you'll then apply the relevant federal and provincial rates to it. You should calculate your federal income tax first and your provincial rate second. Add the two together, and presto!
Your marginal tax rate is the combined federal and provincial income taxes you pay on all sources of income at tax time. The tax rate varies by how much income you declare at the end of the year on your T1 General Income Tax Return (the form with the exciting-sounding name that you fill out at tax time) and where you live in Canada.Get started with Wealthsimple Trade. Sign up today and start building your portfolio.
Provincial Tax Brackets Rates 2022 (in addition to federal tax)
Like we said, the province you live in on December 31 determines the provincial portion of your income tax. So, if you are planning on skipping town for a province with lower taxes, do it before December 31. The following are the provincial tax rates for 2022 (in addition to federal tax) according to the Canada Revenue Agency:
|British Columbia||5.06% on the first $43,070 of taxable income|
|7.7% on taxable income between $43,070 and $86,141|
|10.5% on taxable income between $86,141 and $98,901|
|12.29% on taxable income between $98,901 and $120,094|
|14.7% on taxable income between $120,094 and $162,832|
|16.8% on taxable income between $162,832 and $227,091|
|20.5% on taxable income over $227,091|
|Alberta||10% on the first $134,238 of taxable income|
|12% on taxable income between $134,238 and $161,086|
|13% on taxable income between $161,086 and $214,781|
|14% on taxable income between $214,781 and $322,171|
|15% on taxable income over $322,171|
|Saskatchewan||10.5% on the first $46,773 of taxable income|
|12.5% on taxable income between $46,773 and $133,638|
|14.5% on taxable income over $133,638|
|Manitoba||10.8% on the first $34,431 of taxable income|
|12.75% on taxable income between $34,431 and $74,416|
|17.4% on taxable income over $74,416|
|Ontario||5.05% on the first $46,226 of taxable income|
|9.15% on taxable income between $46,226 and $92,454|
|11.16% on taxable income between $92,454 and $150,000|
|12.16% on taxable income between $150,000 and $220,000|
|13.16 % on taxable income over $220,000|
|Quebec||15% on the first $46,295 of taxable income|
|20% on taxable income between $46,295 and $92,580|
|24% on taxable income between $92,580 and $112,655|
|25.75% on taxable income over $112,655|
|New Brunswick||9.4% on the first $44,887 of taxable income|
|14.82% on taxable income between $44,887 and $89,775|
|16.52% on taxable income between $89,775 and $145,955|
|17.84% on taxable income between $145,955 and $166,280|
|20.3% on taxable income over $166,280|
|Nova Scotia||8.79% on the first $29,590 of taxable income|
|14.95% on taxable income between $29,590 and $59,180|
|16.67% on taxable income between $59,180 and $93,000|
|17.5% on taxable income between $93,000 and $150,000|
|21% on taxable income over $150,000|
|Prince Edward Island||9.8% on the first $31,984 of taxable income|
|13.8% on on taxable income between 31,984 and $63,969|
|16.7% on taxable income over $63,969|
|Newfoundland and Labrador||8.7% on the first $39,147 of taxable income|
|14.5% on taxable income between $39,147 and $78,294|
|15.8% on taxable income between $78,294 and $139,780|
|17.8% on taxable income between $139,780 and $195,693|
|19.8% on taxable income between $195,693 and $250,000|
|20.8% on taxable income between $250,000 an d $500,000|
|21.3% on taxable income between $500,000 and $1,000,000|
|21.8% on taxable income over $1,000,000|
|Nunavut||4% on the first $47,862 of taxable income|
|7% on taxable income between $47,862 and $95,724|
|9% on taxable income between $95,724 and $155,625|
|11.5% on taxable income over $155,625|
|Yukon||6.4% on the first $50,197 of taxable income|
|9% on taxable income between $50,197 and $100,392|
|10.9% on taxable income between $100,392 and $155,625|
|12.8% on taxable income between $155,625 and $500,000|
|15% on taxable income over $500,000|
|Northwest Territories||5.9% on the first $45,462 of taxable income|
|8.6% on taxable income between $45,462 and $90,927|
|12.2% on taxable income between $90,927 and $147,826|
|14.05% on taxable income over $147,826|
Remember: Your marginal tax rate is the total of both federal and provincial/territorial taxes on income.
Example of tax calculation
Meet a fictional person named John who lives in British Columbia. John has been contributing to a Wealthsimple RRSP to reduce his taxable income. After his RRSP contribution and other tax deductions and tax credits, he has taxable income of $55,000. Here's what his tax calculation might look like:
John's Federal tax bill The first $50,197 is taxed at 15% (the lowest income tax bracket), which works out to $7,529.55. He has $4,803 remaining, ($55,000-$50,197) — that amount will be taxed at a higher rate of 20.5% which works out to $984.62. This means his total federal tax owing is $7,529.55 + $984.62, or $8,514.17
John's provincial tax bill (using BC rates as example) Remember, John's provincial rate is based on his province of residence as of December 31. John's first $43,070 will be taxed at 5.06%, which works out to $2,179.34. The remaining $11,930 ($55,000-$43,070) will be taxed at 7.7% which works out to $918.61. His total provincial tax is $3,097.95.
John's total tax bill John's combined federal and provincial taxes owing is $8,514.17 + $3,097.95, or $11,612.12.
Tax Credits and Tax deductions
Tax credits and tax deductions can reduce either your income or the amount of tax you owe.
Both federal and territorial/provincial tax credits exist, and you'll be glad to hear they help you pay less tax. There are two types: non-refundable and refundable.
Non-refundable tax credits
A non-refundable tax credit reduces the amount of tax payable. In order to claim a non-refundable tax credit, you must actually owe taxes — in other words, you must have earned enough income to owe income tax. Non-refundable tax credits can reduce your tax owing to zero, but if you have more tax credits than tax owing, you do not receive a refund for any surplus amount. Let's make that more concrete: if you owe $2,500 in taxes and have non-refundable tax credits for $2,700, your taxes will be reduced to zero, but you will not receive the extra $200.
Some non-refundable tax credits include:
Personal exemption amount (anyone who owes tax is entitled to claim this exemption)
Credit for taxpayers over age 65
Credit for taxpayers with children
Credit for people receiving a pension
Credit for people with a certified disability
Credit for people who are caregivers to someone with a disability
Some other non-refundable tax credits include tuition, medical expenses, Employment Insurance and Canada Pension Plan, interest paid on student loans and adoption expenses. Most territorial and provinces have tax credits to reduce the territorial and provincial tax owing.Finances can be complicated, we make them simple. And offer low fees and friendly financial advice along the way. Use our state of the art technology to get started investing investing or saving.
Refundable Tax Credits
Refundable tax credits are paid to anyone who qualifies for them, whether they had income or not. Usually, they're paid out over the year. The most well-known refundable tax credit is the GST/HST payment that people whose income falls below a certain threshold receive.Get $10,000 managed free for a year when you sign up for a new Wealthsimple account. Invest as little as a dollar and we’ll build you a personalized investment portfolio to grow your wealth.
Tax deductions don't work as many people suppose. Instead of reducing the amount of taxes you need to pay, a tax deduction actually reduces the income you are taxed on, which can put you in a lower tax bracket and reduce the amount of taxes you will owe.
The most common tax deductions are:
Pension Adjustment. You get credit for any pension contributions made in the calendar year on your behalf. Your employer will list the Pension Adjustment amount in box 52 on your T4 slip that lists your income and income tax deducted for the year.
Union and professional dues
Child care expenses
Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP) contributions up to the maximum allowable amount per year. Your financial institution will provide you with a contribution receipt, and you can find out how much RRSP contribution room you have by looking on your Notice of Assessment (the summary form that you receive after you have filed your previous year’s taxes), by looking on your tax account or by calling CRA at 1-800-959-8281. You can also learn more about RRSP contribution limits.
Donations to charitable organizations or political parties
Capital gains taxes
Christopher Liew, a Chartered Financial Analyst and the founder of Wealth Awesome, explains the importance of understanding the difference between income tax and capital gains tax.
"Understand the Canadian tax rules for different investment types, such as interest income being 100% taxable while capital gains are only 50% taxable. You can save more on taxes if you put interest-earning assets into your TFSA or RRSP."
What to do if you can't pay all of your taxes
If you owe income tax, the Canada Revenue Agency will let you work out a payment plan if you cannot pay the taxes all at once. You will be charged interest on any balance you still owe. But be careful: if you owe income tax and don’t pay, and you don’t make an attempt to work out a payment plan, CRA can seize any refundable tax credits you may be eligible for, and they may take you to court and seize the contents of your bank account. Here's more information about potential consequences for non-payment of taxes.
If you want to reduce your tax bill, Wealthsimple has a number of financial products such as RRSPs, that can help you reduce the amount of income tax you pay.
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