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Completing Your Northwest Territories Forms

The information in this section will help you complete Form NT428, Northwest Territories Tax and Form NT479, Northwest Territories Credits .

The terms spouse and common-law partner are defined on page 11 in the  General Income Tax and Benefit Guide .

The term end of the year means December 31, 2002, the date you left Canada if you emigrated in 2002, or the date of death for a person who died in 2002.

Tax Tip
A growing number of Northwest Territories tax measures are distinct from corresponding federal measures. However, many rules for calculating Northwest Territories tax are still based on the federal Income Tax Act. As a result, you may find it easier to calculate your federal tax first. Your total taxes payable will be the same, no matter which tax you calculate first.

Form NT428, Northwest Territories Tax

Complete this form if you were a resident of the Northwest Territories at
the end of the year.

If you had income from a business with a permanent establishment outside the Northwest Territories, complete Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for 2002 - Multiple Jurisdictions , instead of completing Form NT428.

You also have to complete Form NT428 if you were a non-resident of Canada in 2002 and you earned income from employment in the Northwest Territories or received income from a business with a permanent establishment only in the Northwest Territories.

Step 1 - Northwest Territories tax on taxable income

Enter on line 1 your taxable income from line 260 of your return. Use this amount to determine which one of the four columns you have to complete. Enter this amount on line 2 of the applicable column and complete the calculation.

Step 2 - Northwest Territories non-refundable tax credits

Northwest Territories now has its own non-refundable tax credits. These credits reduce the amount of territorial tax you owe. However, if the total of these credits is more than the amount of territorial tax you owe, you will not get a refund for the difference.

The eligibility criteria and rules for claiming the Northwest Territories non-refundable tax credits are the same as for the federal non-refundable tax credits. However, the value and calculation of most Northwest Territories non-refundable tax credits are different than the corresponding federal credits.

To calculate some of the non-refundable tax credits, you will need to use the new Territorial Worksheet .

Newcomers to Canada and emigrants

If you prorated any of the amounts you claimed on lines 300 to 306, 315, 316, 318, 324, and 326 of your federal Schedule 1, you have to prorate the corresponding territorial amounts at lines 5804 to 5820, 5840, 5844, 5848, 5860, and 5864.

Line 5804 - Basic personal amount

Claim the basic personal amount of $9,342.

Line 5808 - Age amount

You can claim this amount if you were 65 or older on December 31, 2002, and your net income (line 236 of your return) is less than $58,189.

If your net income is:

  • $27,749 or less, enter $4,566 on line 5808; or
  • more than $27,749 but less than $58,189, complete the calculation for line 5808 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

Line 5812 - Spouse or common-law partner amount

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 303 of federal Schedule 1. You still may be able to claim the territorial amount if your spouse or common-law partner's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $9,091.

If your spouse or common-law partner's net income is:

  • $325 or less, enter $8,766 on line 5812; or
  • more than $325 but less than $9,091, complete the calculation on Form NT428 to determine your claim, and enter the result on line 5812.

Note
Enter your marital status and the information about your spouse or common-law partner (including his or her net income, even if it is zero) in the Identification area on page 1 of your return.

Line 5816 - Amount for an eligible dependant

  • can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 305 of federal Schedule 1. You still may be able to claim the territorial amount if your dependant's net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount it would be if he or she filed a return) is less than $9,091.

If your dependant's net income is:

  • $325 or less, enter $8,766 on line 5816; or
  • more than $325 but less than $9,091, complete the calculation for line 5816 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

If you have not already completed federal Schedule 5, complete and attach it to your return.

Line 5820 - Amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 306 of federal Schedule 1.

Complete the calculation for line 5820 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

Line 5824 - Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan contributions through employment

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 308 of federal Schedule 1.

Line 5828 - Canada Pension Plan or Quebec Pension Plan contributions on self-employment and other earnings

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 310 of federal Schedule 1.

Line 5832 - Employment Insurance premiums

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 312 of federal Schedule 1.

Line 5836 - Pension Income amount

You can claim this amount if you met the rules for claiming it on line 314 of federal Schedule 1. Enter on line 5836 the same amount that you entered on line 314.

Line 5840 - Caregiver amount

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 315 of federal Schedule 1.

Complete the calculation for line 5840 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

Line 5844 - Disability amount

You can claim this amount if you met the rules for claiming it on line 316 of federal Schedule 1.

  • If you were 18 or over at the end of the year, enter $7,570 on line 5844.
  • If you were under 18 at the end of the year, you may be eligible to claim a supplement up to a maximum of $3,605 in addition to the disability amount of $7,570. Complete the calculation for line 5844 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

Line 5848 - Disability amount transferred from a dependant (other than your spouse or common-law partner)

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 318 of federal Schedule 1. Complete the calculation for line 5848 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine your claim.

Line 5852 - Interest paid on your student loans

Enter on this line the amount you claimed on line 319 of federal Schedule 1.

Line 5856 - Your tuition and education amounts

The tuition and education amounts that you claimed, on line 323 of your federal Schedule 1, may be different than the territorial amounts you calculate.

Complete Part 1 of Schedule NT(S11), Territorial Tuition and Education Amounts , to calculate your claim.

Receipts - If you are filing a paper return, attach the completed Schedule NT(S11). Whether you are filing a paper return or electronically, keep your forms and official tuition fees receipts in case we ask to see them.

Transferring and carrying forward amounts

You may not need all of your 2002 tuition and education amounts to reduce your territorial income tax to zero. In this case, you may transfer all or part of the unused portion to one person, either your spouse or common-law partner (who would claim it on line 5864), your parent or grandparent, or your spouse or common-law partner's parent or grandparent (who would claim it on line 5860).

You can only transfer an amount to your parent or grandparent, or your spouse or common-law partner's parent or grandparent, if your spouse or common-law partner does not claim an amount for you on line 5812 or 5864.

Complete Part 2 of Schedule NT(S11) to calculate the territorial amount available to transfer, as well as the back of Form T2202, Education Amount Certificate , or T2202A, Tuition and Education Amounts Certificate , to designate who can claim it and the amount the person can claim. This amount may be different from the amount calculated for the same person on your federal Schedule 11. You must enter the territorial amount you are transferring on line 20 of your Schedule NT(S11).

Tax Tip
If you are transferring an amount to a designated person, do not transfer more than the person can use. That way, you can carry forward as much as possible to use in a future year.

Complete Part 2 of Schedule NT(S11) to calculate the amount you can carry forward to a future year. This amount corresponds to the part of your tuition and education amounts you do not need to use (and do not transfer) for the year.

Line 5860 - Tuition and education amounts transferred from a child

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming it on line 324 of federal Schedule 1.

Enter, on line 5860, the total of all territorial amounts transferred to you that each student designated on the back of Form T2202 or T2202A.

Notes
The student must have entered this amount on line 20 in Part 2 of his or her Schedule NT(S11). He or she may have chosen to transfer an amount that is less than the available territorial amount. The student cannot transfer to you any unused tuition and education amounts carried forward from a previous year.

If the student was a resident of another province or territory on December 31, 2002, contact your tax services office to determine the amount you can claim on line 5860.

See other rules for line 324 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide that may apply if the student has a spouse or a common-law partner.

Receipts - If you are filing a paper return, do not include the student's Schedule NT(S11), forms, or official tuition fees receipts. Whether you are filing a paper return or electronically, keep all of your documents in case we ask to see them.

Line 5864 - Amounts transferred from your spouse or common-law partner

You can claim these amounts if the rules are met for claiming them on line 326 of federal Schedule 1. Complete Schedule NT(S2), Territorial Amounts Transferred From Your Spouse or Common-law Partner , to calculate your claim. Attach this schedule to your return.

Line 5868 - Medical expenses

The allowable medical expenses you can claim on line 5868 are the same as those you can claim on line 330 of your federal Schedule 1. They have to cover the same 12-month period ending in 2002 and must not have been claimed on a 2001 return.

Line 5872 - Medical expenses adjustment

If you claimed, on line 5868, medical expenses for a dependant, other than your spouse or common-law partner, whose net income (line 236 of his or her return, or the amount that it would be if he or she filed a return) is more than $9,342, complete the calculation for line 5872 on the Territorial Worksheet to determine the adjustment.

Tax Tip
The territorial adjustment that you calculate for a dependant will be different than the federal adjustment. If the territorial adjustment you calculate is less than the total medical expenses paid for that dependant, it will be to your benefit to include these expenses at line 5868

Line 5896 - Donations and gifts

To calculate your claim on line 5896, enter the amounts from lines 345 and 347 of federal Schedule 9 and multiply them by the rates on lines 33 and 34 of Form NT428.

Step 3 - Northwest Territories tax

Line 38 - Northwest Territories tax on split income

If you have to pay federal tax on split income on line 424 of your federal Schedule 1, complete Part 2 of Form T1206, Tax on Split Income , to calculate the territorial tax that applies to this income. Form T1206 also contains a special rule that applies to the amount you enter on line 428 of your return. You can find more information on tax on split income on page 13 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide.

Line 46 - Northwest Territories additional tax for minimum tax purposes

If you have to pay minimum tax as calculated on Form T691, Alternative Minimum Tax , you will have to determine your Northwest Territories additional tax for minimum tax purposes. To do this, complete Form T1219, Provincial and Territorial Alternative Minimum Tax , and enter the calculated amount on line 46 of Form NT428. You can find information about minimum tax on page 29 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide .

Form NT479, Northwest Territories Credits

Cost of living tax credit (lines 1 to 14)

If you were a resident of the Northwest Territories at the end of the year, you can claim the cost of living tax credit, which now includes a supplement for you and your spouse or common-law partner. If your credit is more than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund for the difference.

If you had a spouse or common-law partner on December 31, 2002, you and your spouse or common-law partner have to decide which one of you will claim the cost of living tax credit supplement for your family.

As a resident of the Northwest Territories, you or your spouse or common-law partner may have income from a business with a permanent establishment outside the Northwest Territories. If so, enter, on line 1 of Form NT479, the net income allocated to the Northwest Territories from column 4 on Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for 2002 - Multiple Jurisdictions .

Political contribution tax credit (lines 15 to 20)

You can claim this credit if, in 2002, you contributed to a candidate seeking election to the Northwest Territories Legislative Assembly.

How to claim

Enter your total contributions on line 15 of Form NT479, and determine the amount to enter on line 16 as follows:

  • For contributions of $100 or less, enter the amount of your contributions on line 16 of Form NT428.
  • For contributions of more than $100 but not more than $900, complete the following chart.
  • For contributions of more than $900, enter $500 on line 16.

How to claim political contribution tax credit

Receipts - Attach to your return official receipts signed by an official agent of the candidate or, if you are filing electronically, keep them in case we ask to see them.

Risk capital investment tax credits

As an eligible investor, you can claim a credit against Northwest Territories tax of up to $30,000, or 30% of investments made in eligible shares, to a maximum of $100,000 annually.

You can choose from the following investment vehicles in the Northwest Territories and Nunavut:

  • labour-sponsored venture capital corporations;
  • employee venture capital corporations;
  • community endorsed venture capital corporations; and
  • direct investment in territorial business corporations.

Lines 22 and 23 - Labour-sponsored venture capital corporation tax credit

You can claim a credit equal to 15% of the first $5,000 and 30% of the next $95,000 you invested in eligible shares acquired in 2002 (and did not claim on your 2001 return) or in the first 60 days of 2003.

Enter the cost of the shares from Slip T2C(NWT), Risk Capital Investment Tax Credit, beside box 6241 on Form NT479. Calculate your credit on lines 22 and 23.

If you are filing a paper return, attach Slip T2C(NWT) to your return. If you are filing electronically, keep all your documents in case we ask to see them.

If you have invested in a labour-sponsored venture capital corporation, you are also eligible for a federal tax credit. For details, see lines 413 and 414 in the General Income Tax and Benefit Guide .

Line 24 - Employee venture capital corporation, community endorsed venture capital corporation, and territorial business corporation direct investment tax credits

You can claim a credit of up to 30% of investments made, to a maximum of $100,000 of amounts that you invested in 2002 (and did not claim on your 2001 return) or in the first 60 days of 2003.

Enter the cost of the shares from Slip T2C(NWT), Risk Capital Investment Tax Credit, beside box 6243 on Form NT479, and calculate your credit on line 24. Attach Slip T2C(NWT) to your paper return or, if you are filing electronically, keep it in case we ask to see it.

Note
The amount of risk capital investment tax credits is subject to an annual limit. Complete the calculation for line 28 of Form NT479.

Unused risk capital investment tax credits

You can carry forward unused credits for seven years, or back three years.

Any unused credit is shown on your most recent Notice of Assessment or Notice of Reassessment. Enter any unused credit from previous years on line 30 on Form NT479.

Enter, on line 42 on Form NT479, any part of this amount you want to carry back to reduce your 1999 Northwest Territories tax. Enter, on line 41, any amount you want to carry back to 2000 and, on line 40, any amount you want to carry back to 2001.

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