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Overview

The Government of Alberta maintains a tax system that is competitive, fair and efficient. For more information, see:

Personal income tax

Personal income tax is collected for the Government of Alberta by the Canada Revenue Agency, at the same time federal income tax is collected.

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) was adjusted on January 1, 2021, corresponding with the acceleration of the general corporate income tax rate reduction (see ‘Corporate income tax’ section below for more information).

More information on personal income tax

For more information, see personal income tax.

Questions about your personal income tax should be directed to the Canada Revenue Agency.

Corporate income tax

Corporations doing business in Alberta are generally required to pay Alberta corporate income tax and file a corporate income tax return with Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration.

Corporate income tax rates

The Job Creation Tax Cut is the government’s legislated plan to reduce Alberta’s general income tax rate on businesses from 12% to 8%. As part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan, the government accelerated the Job Creation Tax Cut, reducing the general corporate income tax rate to 8% on July 1, 2020, a year and a half sooner than originally planned. Alberta's small business tax rate is 2% (see current and historical corporate income tax rates).

General corporate income tax rate Tax rate
July 1, 2015 12%
July 1, 2019 11%
January 1, 2020 10%
July 1, 2020 8%

To further improve Alberta’s competitiveness and encourage investment, Alberta has paralleled recent federal measures to enhance the capital cost allowance (CCA) regime. These measures allow corporations to claim the cost of new capital assets more quickly for tax purposes, improving a company’s cash flow and making it more attractive for them to invest in new assets.

Innovation Employment Grant

Alberta’s Recovery Plan also introduced the Innovation Employment Grant (IEG), a program that helps create jobs for Albertans by supporting small and medium-sized businesses that invest in research and development (R&D).

The IEG promotes economic growth by providing eligible businesses with a grant worth up to 20% of their qualifying R&D expenditures. The program launched on January 1, 2021.

For more information, see Innovation Employment Grant.

For more detailed information for businesses interested in applying for the IEG, see: Corporate tax credit information and Special Notice Vol. 5 No. 61 – Innovation Employment Grant.

More information on corporate income tax

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Fuel tax

As of April 1, 2022, Albertans stopped paying the provincial fuel tax, including for the following fuels:

  • gasoline – 13 cents per litre
  • diesel – 13 cents per litre
  • marked gasoline and marked diesel – 4 cents per litre

Albertans will see these savings at the pump.

The government will review the collection of the fuel tax on a quarterly basis and, if required, consider reinstating collection in stages. The government will not start to reinstate collection before October 1, 2022.

Alberta’s fuel tax is applied to purchases of fuel, including gasoline, diesel, propane (for motive purposes), aviation fuel, locomotive fuel and renewable fuels.

Fuel tax rates

See current and historical fuel tax rates on different types of fuel.

More information on fuel tax

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Related programs

The Tax Exempt Fuel User (TEFU) and Alberta Farm Fuel Benefit (AFFB) programs provide tax exemptions of nine cents per litre on the purchase of marked gasoline and marked diesel used for qualifying purposes.

The International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) is an agreement among American and Canadian jurisdictions that enables uniform collection and distribution of fuel taxes paid by motor carriers traveling in several jurisdictions. IFTA membership allows the carrier to significantly reduce the paperwork and compliance burden for fuel tax reporting.

Tobacco tax

On March 1, 2022, smokeless tobacco was introduced as a separate category with a tax rate of 27.5 cents per gram. Prior to this date, smokeless tobacco was taxed as loose tobacco.

Smokeless tobacco includes tobacco that is consumed orally and is not smoked or heated, including chewing tobacco.

For more information, see Special Notice Vol. 3 No. 18 - Budget 2022 Implementation of New Category and Tax Rate for Smokeless Tobacco (February 24, 2022).

Alberta’s tobacco tax is applied to all tobacco purchased in the province, including cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, loose tobacco and cigars.

Tobacco tax rates

See current and historical tobacco tax rates on different types of tobacco.

Tobacco product Tax rate
Cigarettes 27.5 cents per cigarette or tobacco stick
Loose tobacco 41.25 cents per gram
Smokeless tobacco 27.5 cents per gram
Cigars 142% of the taxable price of the cigar
(minimum tax per cigar of 27.5 cents and a maximum of $8.61)

More information on tobacco tax

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Tourism levy

COVID-19 response: Support for Tourism Sector

As part of government’s response to COVID-19, hotels and other accommodation providers are permitted to keep tourism levy amounts collected between March 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. In addition, eligible accommodation providers with a 40% decline in net revenue compared with the same period in 2019 are permitted to keep tourism levy amounts collected between October 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Hotels and other accommodation providers are still expected to file returns, as required by legislation, and must continue to collect the tourism levy from guests staying at their properties during these periods. For more information, see Alberta Tourism Levy.

The tourism levy is charged on most types of temporary accommodation in Alberta.

Tourism levy rate

The tourism levy rate is 4% on the purchase price (see current and historical tourism levy rates).

More information on the tourism levy

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Education property tax

All property owners in Alberta (with some exceptions, such as non-profit organizations and seniors' lodge facilities) are required to pay the education property tax, based on the property’s assessment value and an equalized assessment process.

This tax revenue is pooled into the Alberta School Foundation Fund. It is then distributed among Alberta's public and separate school boards on an equal per-student basis.

More information on the education property tax

See more information from Alberta Municipal Affairs:

Freehold mineral rights tax

The freehold mineral rights tax is:

  • an annual tax on petroleum and natural gas mineral rights within provincial boundaries, not owned by the Government of Alberta
  • assessed on revenue derived from production from freehold oil and gas properties
  • assessed annually based on calendar year production
  • levied on each owner of a petroleum or natural gas mineral right as shown on the estate fee simple Certificate of Title

More information on the freehold mineral rights tax

See more information from Alberta Energy:

Insurance premiums tax

The insurance premiums tax is payable by insurers on premiums receivable on contracts of life, accident, sickness and all other contracts of insurance transacted in Alberta during a year.

Insurance premiums tax rates

Insurance premium Tax rate
Life, accident and sickness insurance 3%
Other insurance 4%

More information on the insurance premiums tax

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Other programs

To avoid imposing additional burdens on Alberta businesses during the pandemic, the Alberta government delayed the implementation of the new tax on vaping products.

In its 2021 budget, the Government of Canada announced its intention to bring in a federal taxation framework for vaping products in 2022, including the possibility of federal‑provincial coordination of this tax. As a coordinated tax structure would minimize the burden on Alberta businesses, Alberta will work with the federal government to explore a coordinated taxation approach to collect a provincial tax on vaping products sold in Alberta, instead of introducing a stand‑alone provincial tax.

Emergency 911 levy

Wireless subscribers, such as cell phone users, must pay a monthly 911 levy of $0.95 on each of their active wireless devices that has a phone number with an Alberta area code. The money generated by the 911 levy, after administrative costs, goes to 911 call centres in Alberta to help them provide services and maintain their systems.

See more information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration, which administers this program on behalf of Alberta Municipal Affairs:

Health cost recovery

Under the Health Cost Recovery program, automobile insurers remit an amount for each calendar year representing their share of the total estimated Crown cost of those health services.

See more information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration, which administers this program on behalf of Alberta Health:

Alberta Indian Tax Exemption (AITE)

The Government of Alberta recognizes that many First Nations people and communities in the province prefer not to describe themselves as Indians/Indian bands. These terms have been used where necessary to reflect their legal meaning in the federal Indian Act.

Eligible consumers are exempt from payment of Alberta taxes on fuel and tobacco purchased as personal property on reserve in Alberta. The exemption can only be provided to eligible Indian consumers by retailers registered with Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration.

As of October 4, 2021, the only accepted proof of eligibility for tax-exempt purchases made on reserve in Alberta will be the federal Certificate of Indian Status card (status card) or Temporary Confirmation of Registration document. Any version of the status card will be accepted, including expired cards. AITE retailers will no longer accept the AITE card as of October 4, 2021.

See more information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Credits, rebates and exemptions

See the Credits, rebates and exemptions page.

Contact

Personal income tax

Contact the Canada Revenue Agency or visit Get ready to do your taxes.

Education property tax

See the Education property tax page, and more information in the Property tax section.

Freehold mineral tax

See the Freehold mineral tax page.

All other tax and levy programs are administered by Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration

(Administrative questions on Alberta corporate income tax, fuel tax, tobacco tax, tourism levy and other programs)

Contact Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration

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