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Personal Tax -> Dividend tax credits -> Enhanced dividend tax credit
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Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit

Income Tax Act s. 82(1)(b)(ii)(D), 121(b)(iv)

There is an enhanced dividend tax credit for eligible Canadian dividends received after 2005 from:

bullet public corporations resident in Canada
bullet other corporations resident in Canada that are not Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPCs) and are subject to the general corporate tax rate
bullet CCPCs resident in Canada to the extent that their income (other than investment income, which is eligible for a special refundable tax) is subject to tax at the general corporate tax rate

A portion of dividends paid by public corporations will sometimes be not eligible for the enhanced dividend tax credit.

With the enhanced dividend tax credit, a "gross-up" is added to the actual dividend to determine the taxable dividend amount to include in income.  The tax credit is calculated as a portion of the gross-up.  See the tables below for gross-up and Federal tax credit percentages.  See the tables of enhanced dividend tax credit rates for the provincial and territorial rates.

Changes to the enhanced dividend tax credit

In keeping with the previously announced reductions to the federal corporate income tax rates, the 2008 Federal Budget reduced the gross-up on dividends eligible for the enhanced dividend tax credit, and reduced the dividend tax credit rate, beginning in the 2010 tax year.  The dividend tax credit factor of 11/18ths of the gross-up was changed to
bullet 10/17 for 2010
bullet 13/23 for 2011
bullet 6/11 for 2012 and later years

Federal Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit (DTC)

2008/09 2010 2011 2012+
Gross-up (ITA s. 82(1)(b)(ii)) 45% 44% 41% 38%
DTC as % of grossed-up dividends (ITA s. 121(b)) 18.9655% 17.98% 16.44% 15.02%
DTC as % of actual dividends 27.5% 25.88% 23.17% 20.73%

What does this do to the marginal tax rates for eligible dividends?

Federal Marginal Tax Rates on Dividends Eligible for the Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit

Taxable Income
2010 Tax Brackets

Tax Rate

Eligible Dividends Marginal Tax Rates

2009 2010 2011 2012+
First $40,970 15% -5.75% -4.28% -2.02% -0.03%
over $40,970 up to $81,941 22% 4.40% 5.80% 7.85% 9.63%
over $81,941 up to $127,021 26% 10.20% 11.56% 13.49% 15.15%
over $127,021 29% 14.55% 15.88% 17.72% 19.29%

The tax bracket thresholds are indexed each year.  For all marginal tax rates and thresholds for the current year, federally and for each province and territory, see the Tables of Marginal Tax Rates.

See also our article which shows the maximum amount of dividends that can be received before any tax is payable.


Revised: April 26, 2015


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