Changes to some of these programs were implemented in Budget 2019: A plan for jobs and the economy. See Implementing Budget 2019.

Overview

The Government of Alberta maintains a tax system that is fair, efficient and effective in generating a stable source of revenue. 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 (2018) Tax bracket (2019)
10% Up to $128,145 Up to $131,220
12% $128,145.01 to $153,773 $131,220.01 to $157,464
13% $153,773.01 to $205,031 $157,464.01 to $209,952
14% $205,031.01 to $307,547 $209,952.01 to $314,928
15% $307,547.01 and up $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 and then again on January 1, 2022, corresponding with legislated reductions to the general corporate income tax rate. These adjustments will ensure that the combined corporate and personal income tax paid on dividend income approximately equals the individual’s personal tax rate.

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 general income tax rate on businesses is being reduced from 12% to 8% over 4 years. 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 to June 30, 2019 12%
Current (effective July 1, 2019) 11%
January 1, 2020 10%
January 1, 2021 9%
January 1, 2022 8%
 
To further improve Alberta’s competitiveness and encourage investment, Alberta also paralleled federal measures to enhance the capital cost allowance (CCA) regime. These measures allow corporations to claim the costs 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. Consistent with the federal announcement, these measures begin to phase out in 2023 and will be completely phased out by 2027.

More information on corporate income tax

See the following information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Carbon tax

Bill 1, An Act to Repeal the Carbon Tax, received Royal Assent on June 4, 2019. The provincial carbon tax no longer applies to any type of fuel as of the beginning of the day on May 30, 2019. Fuel sellers are expected to comply with the changes set out in the Bill.

See Carbon levy – Information for fuel sellers and Carbon levy – Information for consumers for more information.

Contact Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) if you have questions related to the federal fuel charge under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act (Canada).

Fuel tax

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

The fuel tax rates are as follows (see current and historical fuel tax rates on different types of fuel):

Fuel type Tax rate
Gasoline 13 cents per litre
Diesel 13 cents per litre
Propane 9.4 cents per litre

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

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

Tobacco tax rates

Alberta’s tobacco tax rates are as follows (see current and historical tobacco tax rates on different types of tobacco products):

Tobacco product Tax rate
Cigarettes 27.5 cents per cigarette or tobacco stick
Loose tobacco 41.25 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

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

Emergency 911 levy

Wireless subscribers, such as cell phone users, must pay a monthly 911 levy of $0.44 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 Indian consumers are exempt from payment of Alberta tax and levy on fuel and tobacco products purchased for their own use on reserves in Alberta. The exemption can only be provided to eligible Indian consumers by retailers registered with Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration.

See more information from Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration:

Contact

Personal income tax

Contact the Canada Revenue Agency or visit their “Get Ready” site

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 administered by Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration

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

Contact Alberta Tax and Revenue Administration