Insurance premiums tax

Information for insurers about the insurance premiums tax, payable for premiums for all contracts of insurance transacted in Alberta.

Important notices

Access your account information online

As of October 3, 2022, Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) will no longer be processing phone or email requests for basic account information.

Account owners or their representatives can access most of the information related to their account in Tax and Revenue Administration Client Self-Service (TRACS) portal. Currently accessible information includes:

  • installment balances
  • financial or assessment details
  • statement of accounts
  • copies of Notice of (Re)Assessments.

Complete the TRACS Enrolment Request to enrol in TRACS.

TRA's online services

Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) encourages taxpayers to use electronic means (for example: Netfile, TRACS, secure email, electronic payment, etc.) to submit payments, registrations, applications, returns, claims, objections, waivers and appeals.

TRA recognizes electronic signatures. To add a digital signature, the form must first be downloaded or opened as a PDF.

For more information, see TRA online services.

Overview

Insurers must file an insurance premiums tax return and remit an amount related to all premiums written in the province during the year.

As of April 1, 2016, insurance premiums tax rates are:

  • 3% on premiums receivable on contracts of life, accident and sickness insurance
  • 4% on all other contracts of insurance

The insurance premiums tax program is legislated under the Alberta Corporate Tax Act.

How to register

Insurers do not have to pre-register with Tax and Revenue Administration. New insurers will be registered automatically once a licence to provide insurance in Alberta has been issued by the Superintendent of Insurance.

How to file

Step 1: Register for TRACS (TRA Client Self-Service)

Step 2: Complete your report

  • Log in to your TRACS account and select ‘File a Return’.
  • Returns are due on or before the 75th day following the taxation year-end.
  • You will be charged a penalty if you file your return late.
  • The Property and Casualty pages 67.10 and 93.30 or Life pages 95.010 and 95.020 from the fourth quarter return, submitted to the Superintendent of Insurance, may be requested by TRA.

Step 3: Remit the amount owing and view the Notice of Assessment

  • Remit the amount owing on or before the 75th day following the taxation year-end.
  • Interest will be charged on late remittances and will continue to accrue until the balance is paid in full.
  • If there were changes made to your return or a balance is owing, a notice of assessment will be available in your TRACS account under View Assessments.

How to pay

Maintain your account in TRACS

TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) is a secure online system for authorized clients to conveniently conduct business with TRA. Log in to your TRACS account to:

  • file an Insurance Premiums Tax return
  • confirm receipt of submitted returns
  • submit documents
  • view status of prior assessments, financial details and notices of assessment and reassessment
  • access financial information and view account period balances
  • update address and contact information
  • delegate account access to other employees or authorized individuals
  • request for waiver of penalties and interest

For more details, instructional videos and to log in to your TRACS account, see TRACS information.

How to authorize a representative

An individual with proper authorization for the business may consent to the release of confidential information about account(s) with TRA to a specific firm and/or individual.

An individual with proper authorization for the business includes a(n):

  • owner
  • partner of a partnership
  • corporate director
  • trustee of an estate
  • individual with delegated authority

Step 1: Fill out the Alberta Consent Form

Step 2: Submit the consent form

  • Submit your completed consent form to TRA.

Step 3: Representative receives PIN (only for TRACS access)

  • TRA will review the consent form to ensure it is complete.
  • TRA will issue a PIN number to the individual via secure e-mail. TRACS access can only be provided to an individual.

The representative must enter the PIN and account number to access TRACS account. See How to access TRACS for instructions.

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  2. Open the PDF form with Adobe Reader. Fill it in and save it.

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Phone: 780-427-3044
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Fax: 780-427-0348
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