Tax highlights from the 2020 Saskatchewan estimates

Mar 24, 2020
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On March 18, 2020, Finance Minister Donna Harpauer tabled the 2020-21 Estimates, unveiling spending plans for the coming year. Revenue forecasts were not provided due to the COVID-19 pandemic impacting world markets. A full budget with revenue forecasts is expected later this year.

The Estimates reveal $14.15 billion of government expenditure, representing an increase of 3.1% from 2019-20, and covers investments and spending on health care, education, social services and infrastructure. Spending includes a record-investment of $5.77 billion in health care, representing a 3.8% increase over the year prior.

On the income tax side, there were no increases or decreases to personal or corporate income tax rates for 2020 presented in the Estimates.

The following is a summary of changes announced. Please note that these changes are still proposals until passed into law by the provincial government.

Personal Tax Matters

Personal income tax rates and tax brackets

The Estimates leaves personal income tax rates unchanged from 2019. The table below shows Saskatchewan tax rates and brackets for 2020.

Taxable Income Range 2020 Tax Rates
First $45,225 10.5%
$45,226 - $129,214 12.5%
Over $129,214 14.5%

The table below shows the 2020 combined federal and provincial highest marginal tax rates for various types of income.

Type of Income 2020 Combined Tax Rates
Regular income 47.5%
Capital gains 23.75%
Eligible dividends 29.64%
Non-eligible dividends 40.37%

Re-indexation of personal tax system

The province intends to introduce the re-indexation of Saskatchewan’s Personal Income Tax system to the national rate of inflation, beginning with the 2021 taxation year.

Saskatchewan Housing Benefit

$3.4 million is allocated to launch the new Saskatchewan Housing Benefit.  The benefit is intended to help make housing more affordable for individuals or families who require rental support.

Corporate Tax Matters

Corporate income tax rates

The Estimates reveal no changes proposed to corporate income tax rates. The table below shows Saskatchewan tax rates and the small business limit for 2020.

Category 2020 Tax Rates
General rate 12%
Manufacturing and processing rate 10%
Investment income rate 12%
Small business rate 2%
Small business limit $600,000

The table below shows the 2020 combined federal and provincial corporate income tax rates for various types of income earned by a Canadian-controlled private corporation (CCPC).

Type of Income 2020 Combined Tax Rates
Small business income 11%
Active income over
$500,000 / $600,000
17% / 27%
Manufacturing and processing income 25%
Investment income 50.7%

Provincial sales tax rebate

The Estimates propose a Provincial Sales Tax (PST) rebate of up to 42% of PST paid (up to $350,000, excluding the land) on a new home construction. This is intended to help both the construction industry and families looking to purchase a new home.

Oil Infrastructure Investment Program

This newly introduced program is a growth tax incentive, administered by the Ministry of Energy and Resources, to support new and expanded pipelines, as well as new pipeline terminals, to flow oil to markets.

Manufacturing and Processing Exporter Tax Incentive

The manufacturing and processing (M&P) exporter tax incentive will be extended for an additional three years. This incentive provides non-refundable tax credits to eligible corporations that expand the number of M&P-related full-time employees above the number that were employed in 2014.

Agricultural sector

Two new growth tax incentives will also be introduced. An agricultural technology incentive will support the application of emerging digital technologies and will help attract agricultural technology companies to Saskatchewan.  A new chemical fertilizer incentive will encourage investment in Saskatchewan’s chemical fertilizer sector.

How We Can Help

Your Assante advisor can help you assess the impact of these proposals on your personal finances or business affairs and show you ways to take advantage of their benefits or ease their impact. The resources available to you and your advisor include Assante Private Client’s Wealth Planning Group, a multi-disciplinary team of accountants, lawyers and financial planners.

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Facts and data provided herein are believed to be reliable as at the date of publication, however AWM cannot guarantee that they are accurate or complete or that they will remain current at all times. 

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