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Nunavut Budgets - NU Department of Finance

Information for all budget years can be accessed from the above link.

The Nunavut 2015-16 budget was presented on February 5, 2015, with no income tax changes announced.

Nunavut Income Tax

Nunavut/Federal tax brackets and marginal tax rates

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Nunavut Dividend Tax Credit

Nunavut Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit for Eligible Dividends

NU Income Tax Act, 2000 s. 2.32

The dividend tax credit for dividends eligible for the enhanced dividend tax credit is 20% of the Federal gross-up amount.

The federal gross-up reductions which started in 2010 automatically reduced the amount of the NU enhanced dividend tax credit as follows:

Nunavut Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit

Year 2009 2010 2011 2012+
Gross-up % 45% 44% 41% 38%
enhanced dividend tax credit as a % of
grossed-up dividends 6.21% 6.11% 5.82% 5.51%
actual dividends 9.0% 8.8% 8.2% 7.6%

The Federal 2008 Budget reduced the gross-up rate and the dividend tax credit rate for dividends eligible for the enhanced dividend tax credit.  See the Enhanced Dividend Tax Credit article for details.

Nunavut Dividend Tax Credit for Non-eligible Dividends

NU Income Tax Act s. 2.32

The Nunavut dividend tax credit rate for non-eligible, or small business dividends is defined as 20% of the Federal gross-up.

The Federal 2015 Budget announced that the gross-up rate for non-eligible dividends would be revised starting in 2016, and the Federal tax credit rate for these dividends will be reduced.  The change in the gross-up rate automatically applies to the provincial treatment of these dividends.  The result will be an increase in the marginal tax rate for these dividends.

The 2013 Federal Budget reduced the gross-up rate for non-eligible dividends 25% to 18% for 2014 and later years.  The BC legislation currently in place defines the tax credit as 17% of the federal gross-up.

The rates for non-eligible, or small business dividends, if the NU tax credit rate remains at 20% of the federal gross-up, are reflected in the following table.

   NU Dividend Tax Credit Rate for Non-Eligible Dividends

Year Gross-up
%of Federal
% of Grossed-up
% of Actual
2019+ 15% 20% 2.61% 3.0%
2018 16% 20% 2.76% 3.2%
2016/17 17% 20% 2.91% 3.4%
2014/2015 18% 20% 3.05% 3.6%
2013 25% 20% 4.00% 5.0%

The Nunavut table of marginal tax rates shows the marginal tax rates for eligible and non-eligible dividends and other income.

Nunavut Refundable Cost of Living Tax Credit

This is refundable to the taxpayer even if no income tax was paid.  The basic amount of the tax credit is 2% of net income, to a maximum of $1,200 per person.  A single parent with net income over $60,000 is eligible for a supplement of 2% of the excess of net income over $60,000, to a maximum of $255.12.

See Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) forms NU479 from the  Nunavut General Income Tax and Benefit Package page for detailed calculation.

Tax tip:  File a tax return even if you have no income, to get the refundable tax credits.


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