Overview

Alberta has the highest basic personal and spousal tax amounts in Canada. This means that Albertans are able to earn more before they have to start paying provincial income tax. When all taxes are taken into consideration, Albertans across all income ranges generally pay lower overall taxes compared to other provinces.

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Personal income tax rates

The rates are based on the following income tax brackets:

Tax Rate Tax Bracket
10% Up to $131,220
12% $131.220.01 to $157,464
13% $157,464.01 to $209,952
14% $209,952.01 to $314,928
15% $314,928.01 and up
Source: Treasury Board and Finance

The dividend tax credit rate for dividends paid out of income taxed at the general corporate income tax rate (eligible dividends) will be adjusted on January 1, 2021, corresponding with the acceleration of the general corporate income tax rate reduction announced June 29, 2020 in Alberta’s Recovery Plan.

Child and family benefits

Beginning on July 1, 2020, the Alberta Child Benefit (ACB) and the Alberta Family Employment Tax Credit (AFETC) are being consolidated into a single program, the new Alberta Child and Family Benefit (ACFB), with the first payment issued in August 2020. The new ACFB will provide more benefits to lower-income families while streamlining administration.

Final payments for the ACB and AFETC programs have already been issued, although the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will continue to issue retroactive payments for previous benefit years, if applicable. Households who previously received the AFETC will no longer receive a payment in July, as those that qualify will now receive one combined quarterly ACFB benefit payment starting in August.

Commonly used forms

Alberta's personal income tax system is administered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The following forms are commonly used and are available from the CRA:

Contact

If you have questions about your own personal income taxes, or you are mailing a personal income tax return: