As previously announced, the book publishing tax credit is extended for five years to March 31, 2026.
Self-employed individuals are not required to repay the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers if they would have qualified for the benefit or the Canada Emergency Response Benefit based on their gross income. This announcement mirrors a federal change to the rules surrounding the Canada Emergency Response Benefit.
As previously announced, the mining flow-through share tax credit eligibility period during which an expenditure must be incurred by the issuer to be renounced in favour of flow-through shares is temporarily extended by 12 months for eligible agreements. This aligns with proposed temporary federal timelines due to COVID-19.
Effective July 1, 2021, the climate action tax credit rate remains at $174 per adult and $51 per child due to the delay in the carbon tax rate increase. The tax credit rates will increase to $193.50 per adult and $56.50 per child on July 1, 2022, in line with the upcoming carbon tax rate increase.
Effective July 1, 2021, amounts received from the federal Memorial Grant Program for First Responders by a person’s estate will not be subject to probate fees under the Probate Fee Act.
As previously announced, the threshold for the phase-out of the home owner grant is increased to $1.625 million from $1.525 million for the 2021 tax year. For properties valued above the threshold, the grant is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 of assessed value that exceeds the threshold.
Exemption for Registered Charities that Hold Property through a Trustee
Effective November 27, 2018, a residential property owned by a trustee of a trust who is holding legal title for the benefit of a registered charity can claim an exemption from the speculation and vacancy tax. The Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act already provides an exemption for owners that are registered charities and this new exemption ensures that registered charities are also exempt when they are not on legal title, and instead hold property through a trust.
Definition of Beneficial Owner Amended
Effective November 27, 2018, the Speculation and Vacancy Tax Act is amended to clarify that a beneficial owner, whose interest in a residential property is registered in the name of a trustee of a trust and contingent on the death of another individual, is not considered a beneficial owner for the purpose of the speculation and vacancy tax. This change to the definition of beneficial owner with respect to ownership interest contingent on death may affect seniors and their spouses who own homes and are residents of B.C.