Bill contains 2018 provincial budget measures, among other changes
Quebec Bill 13 received first reading on February 26, 2019. This 468-page bill contains measures previously announced in Quebec's 2017 and 2018 budgets and in various information bulletins published between 2016 and 2018. It includes measures to gradually reduce the province's small business income tax rate to 4% in 2021, as proposed in the 2018 budget. Notably, this bill re-introduces a majority of the tax measures that were included in Bill 175, a previous budget bill that died on the order paper when the legislature was dissolved for the October 1, 2018 provincial general election.
However, Bill 13 does not include the accelerated CCA measures announced in the Quebec fall economic update or the additional CCA measures originally included in Bill 175.
The corporate income tax measures in Bill 175 continue to be substantively enacted for purposes of IFRS and Accounting Standards for Private Enterprise (ASPE) as of May 9, 2018, the date Bill 175 received first reading. The new corporate income tax measures introduced in Bill 13 that were not previously included in Bill 175 are considered substantively enacted on February 26, 2019, the date Bill 13 received first reading (as Quebec has a majority government).
Key measures from Bill 13 that were not included in Bill 175 are listed below.
Corporate tax measures
Bill 13 reduces the province's small business income tax rate to 7% (from 8%) effective March 28, 2018, with further reductions effective January 1 of each year—6% in 2019, 5% in 2020, and 4% in 2021 (as announced in the province's 2018 budget).
Bill 13 also:
This bill also introduces, enhances, expands or modifies several corporate tax credits, including:
Personal tax measures
Bill 13 introduces, enhances, expands, or modifies several personal tax credits (see TaxNewsFlash-Canada No. 2018-52 “Highlights of the 2018 Quebec Fall Economic Update”), including:
Bill 13 also introduces the refundable "Tax Credit Granting an Allowance to Family" to replace the previous refundable "Tax Credit for Child Assistance". The new refundable tax credit will increase the allowance available to an eligible individual's second and third children by $500 (see TaxNewsFlash-Canada No. 2018-15 "Highlights of the 2018-2019 Quebec Budget").
Harmonization with federal bills
The Taxation Act and the Act respecting the Québec Sales Tax are amended to harmonize with recent changes made to the Income Tax Act and the Excise Tax Act for federal bills enacted in 2016, 2017 and 2018. Bill 13 mainly enacts harmonization measures that were announced in Information Bulletins published in 2016, 2017 and 2018, including:
The bill also introduces various changes to the Act constituting Capital régional et coopératif Desjardins, the Act to establish Fondaction, le Fonds de développement de la Confédération des syndicats nationaux pour la coopération et l'emploi and the Act to establish the Fonds de solidarité des travailleurs du Québec (F.T.Q.).
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