Alberta's tax advantage

Alberta continues to have an overall tax advantage compared to other provinces, with no sales tax, no payroll tax and no health premium.

Overview

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

As of March 2017, Albertans and Alberta businesses still pay at least $8.7 billion less in total taxes and carbon charges than if Alberta had the same tax system and carbon charges as any other province.

For more information, see the Government of Alberta 2017-20 Fiscal Plan (Tax Plan chapter).

Alberta's Tax Advantage

Source: Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

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 22, 2017. A minimum carbon charge of $10/tonne is assumed in 2018 for all provinces according to the federal government’s carbon pricing plan. This comparison includes personal and corporate income tax, sales tax, fuel tax, carbon charges, tobacco tax, health premiums, payroll tax, liquor tax and markups, land transfer tax and other minor taxes.

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Page last updated:  January 26, 2018