Alberta’s tax advantage
Alberta continues to have an overall tax advantage compared to other provinces, with no sales tax, no payroll tax and no health premium.
Alberta’s tax advantage is an estimate of the total additional provincial taxes and carbon charges that individuals and businesses would pay if Alberta had the same tax system and carbon charges as other provinces.
If Alberta had the same taxes and carbon charges as any other province, Albertans and Alberta businesses would pay at least $11.2 billion more in total taxes in 2018-19.
For more information, see the Government of Alberta 2018-21 Fiscal Plan (Tax Plan chapter).
Alberta tax advantage chart
Albertans across all income ranges will continue to pay the lowest overall taxes when compared to other provinces.
Figure 1: Alberta's tax advantage, 2018-19 (billions of dollars)
This graph shows the total additional provincial tax and carbon charges that individuals and businesses would pay if Alberta had the same tax system and carbon charges as other provinces. This information reflects tax rates for other provinces known as of March 9, 2018.
A minimum carbon charge of $20/tonne is assumed in 2019 for all provinces according to the federal government's carbon pricing plan. This comparison includes:
- personal and corporate income tax
- sales tax
- fuel tax
- carbon charges
- tobacco tax
- health premiums
- payroll tax
- liquor tax and markups
- land transfer tax
- other minor taxes