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Federal 2010 Budget - March 4, 2010
See the following on the Federal Budget 2010 website:
- Quick Index for links to selected budget topics
Draft legislative proposals were released for consultation on August 27, 2010, to implement tax measures from Budget 2010 as well as several previously announced tax initiatives. The Sustaining Canada's Economic Recovery Act, Bill C-47, received Royal Assent on December 15, 2010. Measures included in the Act:
Personal Income Tax Changes
Basic personal amount, tax brackets, tax credits
There were no new changes of amounts announced for these items. They were indexed for inflation in 2010. See our tables of non-refundable tax credits and the marginal tax rate tables for 2010 amounts and rates.
Medical expense tax credit (METC) - cosmetic procedures
The Budget proposes to change the wording of the Income Tax Act in order to make it clear that medical or dental services or related expenses which are provided for purely cosmetic purposes are not eligible medical expenses for purposes of the medical expense tax credit, unless the services are necessary for medical or reconstructive purposes. This is effective for expenses incurred after March 4, 2010.
See Medical Expense Tax Credit on the Budget 2010 website.
Shared custody and child benefits
The Budget proposes to allow two eligible individuals who share custody of a child to each receive 50% of
This policy will apply when a child lives more or less equally with two individuals who live separately. It will apply to benefits payable commencing July 2011.
Single parents and Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB)
The Budget proposes to allow a single parent the option of including the UCCB income in the income of the dependent for whom an eligible dependent credit is claimed. If the single parent is unable to claim an eligible dependent credit, the UCCB income can be claimed in the income of one of the children for whom the UCCB is received.
This measure will apply to the 2010 and subsequent tax years.
Budget 2010 provided legislation (Income Tax Act s. 60.02) to allow a tax-deferred rollover of a deceased individual's RRSP/RRIF or RPP proceeds to the Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) of a financially dependent infirm child or grandchild. This is effective for deaths occurring on or after March 4, 2010.
RDSP beneficiaries are currently unable to carry forward unused Canada Disability savings Grants (CDSGs) and Canada Disability Savings Bonds (CDSBs) to future years.
Budget 2010 proposes to amend the Canada Disability Savings Act to allow a 10-year carry forward of CDSG and CDSB entitlements. The carry forward will be available starting in 2011. Plan holders will receive annual statements of CDSG entitlements.
For more information see the 2010 Budget website topic Carry forward of RDSP grants and bonds.
Scholarship exemption and education tax credit
Post-secondary scholarships, fellowships and bursaries are exempt from tax when they are received in connection with the student's enrolment in an educational program that entitles the student to the Education Tax Credit.
Budget 2010 proposes
These measures will apply to the 2010 and subsequent taxation years.
Stock option cash outs
Stock option tax deferral election repealed
Relief for taxpayers who have made stock option deferral elections
For more information on all employee stock option measures, see Employee Stock Options in the Budget 2010 web site.
For all business tax measures see the Budget 2010 website Business Income Tax Measures.
Distribution Equipment of a District Energy System
Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses - Principal-Business Corporations
using Class 43.1 or Class 43.2 property.
For more information on the Budget 2010 website, see Tax Measures: Accelerated CCA for Clean Energy Generation.
GST/HST Simplification for Direct Sellers
A simplified GST/HST accounting method was proposed in Budget 2009 for network sellers employing the commission-based model. Budget 2010 proposes enhancements and clarifications to the previously announced measure, which will apply for fiscal years of a network seller that begin after 2009. For more information on the Budget 2010 website, see Tax Measures: Simplification of the GST/HST for the Direct Selling Industry.
Vehicle and Equipment Financing Partnership
The Government is creating the Vehicle and Equipment Financing Partnership as part of the Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP), in order to expand financing options for small and medium-sized finance and leasing companies, increasing the availability of credit at market rates for dealers and users of vehicles and equipment. For more information on the Budget 2010 website, see Tax Measures: Extending Access to the Financing Needed to Support the Recovery.
Revised: October 26, 2023
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