05 Apr 2019

Federal Budget 2019 - How It Will Impact You

The 2019 Federal Budget was released in March, and here are the three parts we think you should be aware of and why:

The new budget will amend the Income Tax Act (ITA) to allow certain registered plans to purchase Advanced Life Deferred Annuities (ALDAs) that will allow Canadians to defer commencement up until age 85 on up to $150,000. This could be very important for some of you. We are looking into the implications and will keep you informed as we find out more.

It also seeks to extend incentives for first-time home buyers to Canadians who have suffered a breakdown in their marriage or common-law relationship. No one wants to think about relationships coming to an end, but this is a very positive change for anyone trying to buy a home for the first time as a single person.

In another change to the ITA, the rules that allow a taxpayer to defer the realization of any accrued capital gain until the gain is realized on a future disposition to owners of multi-unit residential properties (e.g., duplexes, houses with legal basement rental suites, etc.) will be extended.

Here are a couple other changes that you might be interested in:

  • Limit the allowable employee stock option deductions to make sure the policy is benefiting younger and growing families and growing businesses and is not being used as a tax-preferred method of compensation.
  • Create a new incentive (up to $5000) for individual purchasers of electric battery cars or hydrogen fuel cell vehicles that have a manufacturers retail price of less than $45,000.
  • Remove taxable income as a factor in determining Canadian-controlled private corporations’ annual expenditure limit under the Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax incentive program so that they can benefit from the full access to the enhanced 35% tax credit.

Obviously, this is just a sliver of what was covered. Hopefully, these highlights give you a quick snapshot of what the budget means to you. If you have any questions, we’re always happy to help.