Alberta's Tax Advantage

Alberta’s tax advantage is an estimate of the total additional provincial taxes and carbon charges that individual and businesses would pay if Alberta had the same tax system and carbon charges as other provinces.

With no provincial sales tax, no payroll tax and no health care premiums, Albertans across all income ranges generally pay the lowest overall taxes and carbon charges compared to other provinces. When the full impact of new tax measures and carbon charges announced in Budget 2016 are considered, Alberta’s tax advantage will be at least $7.5 billion.

For more information, see the Government of Alberta 2016-19 Fiscal Plan (Tax Plan chapter).

Alberta's Tax Advantage

This graph shows the total additional provincial tax and carbon charges that individuals and businesses would pay if Alberta had the same tax system and carbon charges as other provinces. This information reflects tax rates for other provinces known as of March 24, 2016. This comparison includes personal and corporate income tax, sales tax, fuel tax, tobacco tax, health premiums, payroll tax, liquor tax and markups, land transfer tax, other minor taxes and assumes full implementation of announced provincial carbon charges.

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Interprovincial Tax Comparison

Click here for Major Provincial Tax Rates, as of March 24, 2016 (Government of Alberta 2016-19 Fiscal Plan, Tax Plan chapter).

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Personal Income Tax in Alberta

Personal Income Tax is collected for the Government of Alberta by the Canada Revenue Agency, at the same time federal income tax is collected.

See information and links regarding personal income tax, including Changes to Personal Income Tax - Questions and Answers, and our Personal Income Tax Calculator.

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Other Tax Information for Albertans

Taxes & Rebates - Programs administered by Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA)

Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA), a division of Alberta Treasury Board and Finance, is responsible for tax and revenue collection and administration. For information about programs which are administered by TRA, please visit the Tax and Revenue Administration website.

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Page last updated:  April 12, 2016