The September 20, 2021 re-election resulting in the Liberal Party of Canada securing a second minority government provides an opportunity to look at the campaign promises made.
In this article by Manulife’s Jon Hreljec (Tax, Retirement & Estate Planning) we review how some of these promised tax measures may impact taxpayers.
RHSP (Registered Home Savings account Program): This new first time home buyers program allows up to $40,000 to be saved and withdrawn tax free.
Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit: This new program allows a tax credit of 15% for up to $50,000 of renovation expenses related to modifying their home for an immediate or extended family member.
Increase First-Time Homebuyers Tax Credit: An increase from $5,000 to $10,000, resulting in a tax credit of 15%, driving $1,500 of tax savings.
Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT): Changes designed to limit the current benefits of all AMT credits and have a greater impact and be more punitive than the existing system for those caught by the new rules.
Home Office Expenses Expansion: extended through 2022 and increase to $500 from $400.
And don’t forget that Budget 2021 already passed changes to
- New tax on luxury goods: vehicles and aircraft over $100,000 and boats over $250,000
- Increasing OAS for Canadians over 75: an increase of 10%
- Enhancing the Canada Workers Benefit (CWB), a non-refundable tax credit that will be enhanced.
Don’t forget: The NDP platform called for an INCREASE to the capital gains exclusion rate. Who knows what may happen if the form part of minority government legislative support.