Taxes and Rebates

Budget 2016 was introduced on April 14, 2016, and outlines measures to support the economy during the downturn and reaffirms measures that provide more benefits to families. This budget also provides more information on the government’s Climate Leadership Plan. More on Budget 2016.

Budget 2016 Taxes and Rebates topics

Supporting Jobs
Includes proposed investor and investment tax credits and small business tax rate reduction

Benefits for Families
Includes new Alberta Child Benefit and enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit

Climate Leadership Plan
Includes new carbon levy and Climate Leadership Adjustment Rebate

Supporting Jobs

With the current economic slowdown, the government recognizes the need to promote economic development and diversification. The government will implement a number of options to create jobs, attract investment, and support the economy. This includes:

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Benefits for Families

The new Alberta Child Benefit and the enhanced Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit come into effect in July 2016. Together, these programs will provide about $340 million in support of 380,000 children in 199,000 Alberta families.

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Climate Leadership Plan, Carbon Levy and Climate Leadership Adjustment Rebate

Alberta has developed a new Climate Leadership Plan based on the recommendations put forward by the Climate Change Advisory Panel. An important component of this plan is the introduction of an economy-wide price on carbon, which will include a carbon levy to be introduced on January 1, 2017.

The government acknowledges that taking action on climate change will raise costs for households, due to higher costs for natural gas, gasoline and diesel. The Climate Leadership Adjustment Rebate will be introduced to protect lower and middle income Albertans from the higher costs resulting from the levy.

The reduction to the small business corporate income tax rate will also help small businesses adjust to the new costs imposed by the carbon levy, and will be worth $185 million to Alberta small business owners in 2017-18.

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Links to Information on Tax Programs

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Contact Information

Questions about the Carbon Levy? Email: climate.leadership@gov.ab.ca

General Budget 2016 questions? Email: budget.feedback@gov.ab.ca

Contact Information for
Individuals & Families

Information about Alberta personal income tax:

Note:  if you have questions about your own personal income taxes, or you are mailing a personal income tax return:

Contact Information for
Programs administered by
Tax & Revenue Administration (TRA)

Questions about ePay, Alberta corporate tax, insurance premiums tax, fuel tax, tobacco tax, tourism levy, Emergency 911 Levy, International Fuel Tax Agreement, Alberta Indian Tax Exemption program and Health Cost Recovery program:

Questions about the GST-free Entities List:

Questions about the Unclaimed Property program:

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Page last updated: July 27, 2016