Single Administration of Ontario Corporate Tax
The Governments of Canada and Ontario signed a Memorandum of Agreement on October 6, 2006, that will lead to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) administering most of Ontario's corporate taxes.
Ontario businesses will benefit from one form, one set of rules, one audit, one appeals process and one point of contact.
The CRA will administer the following corporate taxes on behalf of Ontario:
- Corporate income tax
- Corporate minimum tax
- Capital tax
- Special additional tax on life insurers
Ontario will continue to administer:
- Mining tax
- Insurance premiums tax
- Electricity Act payments-in-lieu of federal and Ontario corporate taxes
Single administration will take effect for tax years ending after December 31, 2008. This means that:
- The CRA is now accepting blended provincial and federal instalment payments for the 2009 tax year; and
- The CRA will be ready to accept a single, harmonized T2 Corporation Income Tax Return (including the Ontario Corporations Information Act Annual Return) for tax years ending after December 31, 2008.
The CRA will assume some responsibilities for tax years ending before December 31, 2008 as a means of providing early compliance gains to business. From April 2008, the CRA will start:
- auditing Ontario Corporation Tax Returns (CT23) at the same time as the federal Corporation Income Tax Return (T2) with a view to all audits being integrated by 2009;
- processing objections and appeals related to CT23 returns; and
- providing rulings and interpretations to corporations on CT23 matters.
What does this mean for businesses?
- News Release: Corporate tax harmonization will save Ontario business up to $190 million a year, May 02, 2008
- News Release: Human Resources Agreement Reached for Harmonization of Ontario Corporations Tax with Federal Regime, July 31, 2007
- New Ontario Legislation is introduced, July 2007
- Agreement Concerning the Provision of Services by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in Respect of the Administration of the Corporations Tax Act
- News Release: Ontario Business Will Benefit From New Tax Collection Agreement, October 6, 2006
The Canada Revenue Agency is committed to keeping stakeholders informed on a timely basis when major milestones in planning and implementation are reached.
Regular updates on the CRA's single administration of Ontario's corporate income tax will continue to be posted on the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/ctao.
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