Saskatchewan -> Personal tax credits
SK Non-Refundable Tax Credits
For information on the amounts of most non- refundable tax credits available to Saskatchewan residents, see the non-refundable personal tax credits tables.
Income Tax Act, 2000 s. 37.1
The SK 2015 Budget announced that the GRP will become a non-refundable tax credit. Post-secondary graduates who stay in Saskatchewan will be able to receive the full amount of their tuition back - up to $20,000 through reduced provincial income tax. They will now have up to 10 years, instead of 7 years, to use the tax reduction.
Effective January 1, 2008, this refundable income tax credit replaced the Graduate Tax Exemption. The GRP provides a tuition rebate.
Eligible graduates include individuals who successfully complete an approved program at a Saskatchewan post-secondary institution. Eligible programs must be at least 6 months in duration, and must:
In an October 30, 2008 news release, it was announced that this program is being opened up to eligible post-secondary graduates within and beyond Canada.
The tuition rebate will be based on T2202A tuition receipts. The maximum rebate for each program of studies is:
To fully qualify, graduates must remain in Saskatchewan for seven years following graduation. Additional tuition rebates may be earned by eligible graduates who opt to continue their post-secondary education in another certificate, diploma, or undergraduate program. The maximum lifetime tuition rebate is $20,000 per person.
The tuition rebates will be paid out through the provincial income tax system. 10% of the entitlement will be paid out in each of the first 4 years after graduation, and 20% will be paid out in each of the following 3 years.
2006 and 2007 graduates who were eligible under the previous Graduate Tax Exemption will continue to benefit from that program for the 2007 tax year. In addition, if 2006 and 2007 graduates meet eligibility criteria, they will benefit from the GRP. The maximum tuition rebates for 2006 and 2007 graduates are:
For 2008 and 2009 graduates, the maximum tuition rebates are:
Full benefits are available for 2010 and later graduates.
For more information see the Government of Saskatchewan Graduate Retention Program (GRP).
SK Refundable Tax Credits
Income Tax Act, 2000 s. 39.2
As per the Saskatchewan 2016 Budget, this tax credit is now eliminated, effective for the 2016 taxation year.
Saskatchewan had the Active Families Benefit, which started for the 2009 tax year, which provided a refundable tax credit of up to $150 per child (100% of amount paid) for cultural, recreational and sport activities. Children were eligible if they are under 18 years of age on the last day of the year in which the eligible fees were paid. Prior to a 2012 budget change, only children who were at least 6 years of age and not older than 15 years of age were eligible.
As per the SK 2015 Budget, the Active Families Benefit became income tested starting with the 2015 tax year. It was only be available to families with adjusted net incomes of $60,000 or less. Adjusted net income is family net income from line 236 of the tax return, less any Universal Child Care Benefit (UCCB) benefits and Registered Disability Savings Plan (RDSP) income.
For more information on this tax credit for 2015, see "Completing your Saskatchewan forms" re Form SK479 Lines 1 to 7 - Active families benefit, which is part of the General tax and benefit guide on the CRA website.
It was announced on October 21, 2008 that this tax credit would be renamed the Saskatchewan Low-Income Tax Credit, with increases to the amount of tax credits, retroactive to January 1, 2008. The amounts for July 2010 to June 2011 are:
Tax tip: File a tax return even if you have no income, to get the GST/HST and sales tax credits.
SK Previously Available Tax Credits
This exemption was replaced by the Graduate Retention Program (GRP) effective January 1, 2008.
See the section on Saskatchewan post-secondary graduate tax exemption amount in the Canada Revenue Agency ( CRA) document Completing your Saskatchewan Form from the Saskatchewan General Income Tax and Benefit Package page.
Revised: January 05, 2017
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