The Sustaining Canada’s Economic Recovery Act, Bill C-47, received Royal Assent on December 15, 2010. Measures included in the Act:
Shared custody and child benefits
The Budget proposes to allow two eligible individuals who share custody of a child to each receive 50% of
- Canada Child Tax Benefit
- Universal Child Care Benefit, and
- GST/HST credit
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.
RRSP/RRIF/RPP rollover to an RDSP
Budget 2010 proposes 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 will be effective for deaths occurring on or after March 4, 2010. The actual transfer to the RDSP, however, cannot be made until after June 2011.
Carry forward of RDSP grants and bonds
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
- to clarify that post-doctoral fellowships will be taxable. A post-secondary program consisting primarily of research will only be eligible for the education tax credit and the scholarship exemption if it leads to a college or CEGEP diploma, or a bachelor, masters or doctoral degree or equivalent.
- that an amount will be eligible for the scholarship exemption only to the extent that it is received in connection with enrolment in an eligible educational program for the duration of the period of study related to the scholarship
- that the scholarship exemption will be limited, in the case of part-time programs, to the amount of tuition paid for the program plus the costs of program-related materials. There would be an exception to this for a student entitled to the disability tax credit, or a student whose medical or physical impairment prevents them from being enrolled on a full-time basis.
These measures will apply to the 2010 and subsequent taxation years.
Stock option tax deferral election repealed
Currently, the taxable employment benefit from the acquisition of securities under stock options can be deferred under certain conditions, until the disposition of the optioned securities.
Budget 2010 proposes to repeal the tax deferral election, and to ensure that withholding tax is remitted by the employer based on the value of the employment benefit related to the acquisition of securities under stock options.
The repeal of the tax deferral election will apply to employee stock options exercised after 4pm EST on March 4, 2010. The clarifications to remittance requirements will not apply until 2011.
Relief for taxpayers who have made stock option deferral elections
For taxpayers who have made tax deferral elections on stock options, Budget 2010 is proposing a special elective tax treatment which will ensure that the tax liability on a stock option benefit will not exceed the proceeds of disposition of the optioned securities, taking into account tax relief resulting from the offsetting of the capital losses on the securities against capital gains from other sources.
Business Income Tax Changes
For all business tax measures see the Budget 2010 website Business Income Tax Measures.
Accelerated CCA for Clean Energy Generation
Budget 2010 proposes to expand Class 43.2 to include:
- heat recovery equipment used in a broader range of applications; and
- distribution equipment used in district energy systems that rely primary on ground source heat pumps, active solar systems or heat recovery equipment.
Class 43.2 provides accelerated capital cost allowance at a rate of 50% per year on a declining balance basis. Class 43.1 also provides accelerated CCA, at the rate of 30% per year, for assets acquired before February 23, 2005. A higher efficiency standard is required for Class 43.2 than for Class 43.1 Systems that only meet the lower efficiency standard are eligible for Class 43.1.
These measures will apply to eligible assets acquired on or after March 4, 2010 that have not been used or acquired for use before that date.
Distribution Equipment of a District Energy System
Budget 2010 proposes to broaden Class 43.1 and Class 43.2 to include certain specified distribution equipment which is part of a district energy system used by the taxpayer to provide district heating or cooling through the use of thermal energy.
Canadian Renewable and Conservation Expenses – Principal-Business Corporations
Budget 2010 proposes that the definition “principal-business corporation” be amended to clarify that flow-through share eligibility extends to corporations the principal business of which is one, or any combination, of:
- producing fuel;
- generating energy; or
- distributing energy
using Class 43.1 or Class 43.2 property