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Alberta Begins Paying Carbon Tax Rebates

by Mike Godfrey,, Washington

06 January 2017

On January 5, the Albertan Government began paying carbon levy rebates to low- and middle-income households.

The rebates are designed to help households adjust to the new carbon levy and reduce their carbon footprint. The Government said that the rebate is expected to recycle CAD95m (USD71.6m) back to Albertan households in 2016-17 and CAD435m in 2017-18.

According to the Government, in 2017, 60 percent of households are expected to receive a full rebate. A single adult earning up to CAD47,500 a year will receive a rebate of CAD200, while a couple earning up to CAD95,000 will receive CAD300. Parents that qualify for the rebate will receive up to an additional CAD30 per child, up to a maximum of four children.

Rebates will increase in 2018, when the carbon levy increases. The rebates will be worth CAD300 for singles, CAD450 for couples, and CAD45 per child.

Households do not have to apply to receive the rebate, but they must file their 2015 and subsequent income tax returns to be eligible. The rebate is non-taxable and refundable, meaning that people will receive it even if they pay no provincial income taxes.

The province's CAD20 per tonne carbon levy entered into force on January 1, 2017. It is charged on all fuels that emit greenhouse gases when combusted. The rate is based on the amount of carbon pollution released by the fuel when it is combusted. The rate will rise to CAD30 in 2018.

Deputy Premier Sarah Hoffman said: "The carbon price is a made-in-Alberta solution that protects pocketbooks with rebates for 66 percent of Albertans to help our most vulnerable and ensures that we get pipelines built. We are committed to providing Albertans with the support they need to use energy more efficiently and save money."

TAGS: tax | energy | tax credits | tax rates | carbon tax | Canada | tax reform

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