Nunavut Information Guide

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New for Nunavut for 2020

The personal income levels used to calculate your Nunavut tax have changed.

The amounts for most territorial non-refundable tax credits have changed.

Beginning in 2020, the Nunavut tuition, education and textbook amounts will be reduced by any Canada training credit claimed for the year.

Nunavut benefits for individuals and families

Nunavut child benefit

The Nunavut child benefit (NUCB) is a non-taxable amount paid monthly to qualifying families with children under 18 years of age. The territorial workers’ supplement is an additional benefit paid to qualifying families who have children under 18 years of age. These benefits are combined with the Canada child benefit (CCB) into one monthly payment.

You do not need to apply for the NUCB. The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) will use the information from your CCB application to determine if you are entitled to receive the benefit.

File your return

To make sure you get your payments on time, you (and your spouse or common-law partner) need to file your 2020 Income Tax and Benefit Return(s) by April 30, 2021. The CRA will use the information from your return(s) to calculate the payments you are entitled to get from this program.

The NUCB is fully funded by Nunavut. For more information about this program, go to Nunavut or call the CRA at 1-800-387-1193.

Completing your Nunavut forms

You can download and print a copy of Form NU428, Nunavut Tax, and Form NU479, Nunavut Credits, to calculate your Nunavut tax and credits. Complete the forms that apply to you and attach a copy to your return.

Definitions

Spouse refers to a person you are legally married to.

Common-law partner refers to a person who is not your spouse but with whom you are in a conjugal relationship and at least one of the following conditions applies:

  • This person has been living with you in a conjugal relationship for at least 12 continuous months (including any period of time where you were separated for less than 90 days because of a breakdown in the relationship)
  • This person is the parent of your child by birth or adoption
  • This person has custody and control of your child (or had custody and control immediately before the child turned 19 years of age) and your child is wholly dependent on them for support

End of the year means any of the following dates:

  • December 31, 2020
  • the date you left Canada if you emigrated in 2020
  • the date of death for a person who died in 2020

Form NU428, Nunavut Tax

Complete Form NU428 if one of the following applies:

  • You were a resident of Nunavut at the end of the year
  • You were a non-resident of Canada in 2020 and any of the following applies:
    • You earned income from employment in Nunavut
    • You received income from a business with a permanent establishment only in Nunavut

When to complete Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for Multiple Jurisdictions

Complete Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for Multiple Jurisdictions, instead of Form NU428, if both of the following apply:

  • You resided in Nunavut on December 31, 2020 (or the date you left Canada if you emigrated in 2020)
  • All or part of your 2020 business income (including income received as a retired, inactive, or limited partner) was earned and can be allocated to a permanent establishment outside Nunavut
You also must complete Form T2203 if both of the following apply:
  • You were a non-resident of Canada throughout 2020
  • You were carrying on business in more than one province or territory in Canada or were receiving income from an office or employment that can reasonably be attributed to duties performed in more than one province or territory in Canada

Part A – Nunavut tax on taxable income

Nunavut tax rates for 2020

The following tax rates are used in the calculation of your Nunavut tax on taxable income:

  • 4% on the portion of your taxable income that is $46,277 or less, plus
  • 7% on the portion of your taxable income that is more than $46,277 but not more than $92,555, plus
  • 9% on the portion of your taxable income that is more than $92,555 but not more than $150,473, plus
  • 11.5% on the portion of your taxable income that is more than $150,473

Part B – Nunavut non-refundable tax credits

The eligibility conditions and rules for claiming most Nunavut non-refundable tax credits are the same as those for the federal non-refundable tax credits. However, the amount and calculation of most Nunavut non-refundable tax credits are different from the corresponding federal credits.

Newcomers to Canada and emigrants

As a newcomer or an emigrant, you may be limited in the amount you can claim for certain territorial non-refundable tax credits.

If you reduced your claim for any of the following federal amounts, you also need to reduce your claim for the corresponding territorial amount in the same manner. 

Corresponding federal and territorial non-refundable tax credits
Federal amount on 
your return
Corresponding territorial 
amount on Form NU428
line 30000 line 58040
line 30100 line 58080
line 30300 line 58120
line 30400 line 58160
line 30425 line 58200
line 30450 line 58400
line 31600 line 58440
line 31800 line 58480
line 32400 line 58600
line 32600 line 58640

Note

You may also need to reduce your claim for line 58230 of your Form NU428 if you were a newcomer to Canada or emigrant in 2020.

For examples on how to calculate these amounts, see Guide T4055, Newcomers to Canada.

Line 58120 – Spouse or common-law partner amount

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 30300 of your return and your spouse’s or common-law partner’s net income from line 23600 of their return (or the amount that it would be if they filed a return) is less than $16,304.

Line 58160 – Amount for an eligible dependant

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 30400 of your return and your dependant’s net income from line 23600 of their return (or the amount that it would be if they filed a return) is less than $16,304.

Line 58200 – Amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older

You can claim up to $5,003 for each of your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) dependent children or grandchildren born in 2002 or earlier who has an impairment in physical or mental functions.

You can also claim this amount for more than one person if each one meets all of the following conditions:

  • They are your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) parent, grandparent, brother, sister, aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew
  • They were 18 years of age or older
  • They were dependent on you (or on you and others) because of an impairment in physical or mental functions
  • They were a resident of Canada at any time in the year
Notes

You cannot claim this amount for a person who was only visiting you.

A parent includes someone you were completely dependent upon and who had custody and control of you when you were under 19 years of age.

A child includes someone who is completely dependent upon you for support and whom you have custody and control of, even if they are older than you.

You can claim this amount only if the dependant’s net income from line 23600 of their return (or the amount that it would be if they filed a return) is less than $12,101.

If you had to make support payments for a child, you cannot claim an amount on line 58200 for that child unless both of the following conditions apply:

  • You were separated from your spouse or common-law partner for only part of 2020 because of a breakdown in your relationship
  • You did not claim any support amounts paid to your spouse or common-law partner on line 22000 of your return

If both of these conditions are met, you can claim whichever of the following amounts is better for you:

  • line 58200 of your Form NU428
  • line 22000 of your return
How to claim this amount

Complete the calculation for line 58200 using Worksheet NU428. If you are claiming this amount for more than one dependant, enter the total amount on line 58200 of your Form NU428.

Note

The CRA may ask for a signed statement from a medical practitioner showing when the impairment began and how long it is expected to last. You do not need a signed statement from a medical practitioner if the CRA already has an approved Form T2201, Disability Tax Credit Certificate, for a specified period. The notice of determination will show which years you are eligible for.

Claim made by more than one person

If you and another person support the same dependant, you can split the claim for that dependant. However, the total amount of your claim and the other person’s claim cannot be more than the maximum amount allowed for that dependant.

Line 58230 – Amount for young children less than six years of age

You can claim this amount if you lived in Nunavut at the end of the year and you had a dependent child less than six years of age.

You can claim $1,200 for each child if all of the following conditions apply:

  • The child was less than six years of age at any time in 2020
  • The child lived with you at the end of the year (or on the date of death for a child who died in 2020)
  • No one has received a special allowance under the Children's Special Allowances Act for that child

Note

You cannot claim this amount if anyone made a claim for this child as an eligible dependant on line 58160.

If you have a spouse or common-law partner, only one of you can claim this amount. When both of you are eligible to make this claim, the person with the lower net income must make the initial claim. The other person may claim any unused amount by completing Schedule NU(S2), Territorial Amounts Transferred from your Spouse or Common-Law Partner, and attaching it to their return.

How to claim this amount

Complete the chart "Details of amount for young children" on your Form NU428.

Enter the number of children you are claiming on line 63710 of your Form NU428. Multiply this number by $1,200 and enter the total amount on line 58230 of your Form NU428.

Line 58400 – Caregiver amount

If, at any time in 2020, you (alone or with another person) kept a dwelling where you and one or more of your dependants lived, you may be able to claim up to $5,002 for each dependant.

Each dependant must be one of the following:

  • your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) child or grandchild
  • your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) brother, sister, niece, nephew, aunt, uncle, parent, or grandparent who was a resident in Canada

Note

You cannot claim this amount for a person who was only visiting you.

Also, each dependant must meet all of the following conditions:

  • They were 18 years of age or older when they lived with you
  • Their net income in 2020 from line 23600 of their return (or the amount that it would be if they filed a return) was less than $22,087
  • They were dependent upon you because of an impairment in physical or mental functions, or they were your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) parent or grandparent born in 1955 or earlier

If you had to make support payments for a child, you cannot claim an amount on line 58400 for that child unless both of the following conditions apply:

  • You were separated from your spouse or common-law partner for only part of 2020 because of a breakdown in your relationship
  • You did not claim any support amounts paid to your spouse or common-law partner on line 22000 of your return

If both of these conditions are met, you can claim whichever of the following amounts is better for you:

  • line 58400 of your Form NU428
  • line 22000 of your return
How to claim this amount

Complete the calculation for line 58400 using Worksheet NU428. If you are claiming this amount for more than one dependant, enter the total amount on line 58400 of your Form NU428.

Claim made by more than one person

If you and another person support the same dependant, you can split the claim for that dependant. However, the total amount of your claim and the other person’s claim cannot be more than the maximum amount allowed for that dependant.

Notes

If you or someone else is claiming the caregiver amount (line 58400) for a dependant, you cannot claim the amount for infirm dependants age 18 or older (line 58200) for that dependant.

If someone other than you is claiming the amount for an eligible dependant (line 58160), you cannot claim the caregiver amount for that dependant.

Line 58440 – Disability amount for self

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 31600 of your return.

If you were 18 years of age or older at the end of the year, enter $13,877 on line 58440 of your Form NU428.

If you were under 18 years of age at the end of the year, use Worksheet NU428 to calculate the amount to enter on line 58440.

Line 58480 – Disability amount transferred from a dependant

You can claim this amount if the rules are met for claiming the amount on line 31800 of your return.

Note

If you and your dependant were not residents of the same province or territory at the end of the year, special rules may apply. For more information, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.

Line 58560 – Your tuition, education, and textbook amounts

Complete Schedule NU(S11), Nunavut Tuition, Education, and Textbook Amounts.

Note

If you claimed the Canada Training Credit (CTC) on line 45350 of your return, the amount you enter on line 59140 of your Schedule NU(S11) is already reduced by the CTC claimed.

Transferring amounts

If you do not use all of your 2020 tuition, education, and textbook amounts to reduce your territorial income tax to zero, you can transfer all or part of the unused amount to one of the following designated individuals:

Note

If your spouse or common-law partner is claiming an amount for you on line 58120 or line 58640 of their Form NU428, you cannot transfer your unused current-year amount to your (or your spouse’s or common-law partner’s) parent or grandparent.

To designate who can claim the transferred amount and to specify the territorial amount they can claim, complete any of the following designated forms that you received as a student:

Complete the “Transfer or carryforward of unused amounts” section of Schedule NU(S11) to transfer an amount.

Carrying forward amounts

Complete the “Transfer or carryforward of unused amounts” section of Schedule NU(S11) to calculate the amount you can carry forward to a future year. 

This amount is the part of your tuition, education, and textbook amounts that you are not claiming for the current year and are not transferring to a designated individual.

Supporting documents

If you are filing a paper return, attach your completed Schedule NU(S11). Keep your supporting documents in case you are asked to provide them later.

Line 58600 – Tuition, education, and textbook amounts transferred from a child

You may be able to claim the transfer of all or part of the unused 2020 tuition, education and textbook amounts from your child or grandchild or their spouse or common-law partner.

How to claim this amount

Enter on line 58600 the total of all tuition, education and textbook amounts transferred to you from each student as shown on their forms T2202, TL11A, or TL11C.

Notes

The student must enter this amount on line 59200 of their Schedule NU(S11). They may choose to transfer an amount that is less than the available territorial amount. 

The student cannot transfer to you any unused tuition, education, and textbook amounts carried forward from a previous year.

If you and the student were not residents of the same province or territory on December 31, 2020, special rules may apply. For more information, call the CRA at 1-800-959-8281.

Line 58689 – Medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children born in 2003 or later

The medical expenses you can claim on line 58689 are the same as those you can claim on line 33099 of your return. They also have to cover the same 12-month period ending in 2020 and must be expenses that were not claimed for 2019.

Line 58729 – Allowable amount of medical expenses for other dependants

You can claim medical expenses for other dependants in addition to the medical expenses for self, spouse or common-law partner, and your dependent children born in 2003 or later on line 58689.

The medical expenses you can claim on line 58729 are the same as those you can claim on line 33199 of your return. They also have to cover the same 12-month period ending in 2020 and must be expenses that were not claimed for 2019.

Part C – Nunavut tax

Line 51 – Nunavut tax on split income

If you are reporting federal tax on split income on line 40424 of your return, complete Part 3 of Form T1206, Tax on Split Income, to calculate the Nunavut tax to enter on line 42800 of your return.

Line 58 – Nunavut additional tax for minimum tax purposes

If you need to pay federal minimum tax as calculated on Form T691, Alternative Minimum Tax, complete the calculation on line 58 of your Form NU428 to determine your Nunavut additional tax for minimum tax purposes.

Line 60 – Territorial foreign tax credit

If your federal foreign tax credit on non-business income is less than the related tax you paid to a foreign country, you may be able to claim a territorial foreign tax credit.

How to claim this credit

Complete Form T2036, Provincial or Territorial Foreign Tax Credit.

Supporting documents

If you are filing a paper return, attach your Form T2036.

Line 62 – Volunteer firefighters' tax credit

You can claim this credit if you meet all of the following conditions:

  • You were a resident of Nunavut at the end of the year
  • You were a volunteer firefighter for a minimum of six months in 2020
  • You completed at least 200 hours of community service (that can include training) in 2020
  • You did not receive salary, wages, or compensation, other than reasonable reimbursement or allowance for expenses in respect of firefighting services in 2020
  • You were listed as a volunteer firefighter on the report filed by the fire chief of the volunteer fire department

If you qualify for this credit, enter $611 on line 62 of your Form NU428.

If you are preparing a return for a person who died in 2020, you can claim this credit on their final return if they were a resident of Nunavut on the date of death and met all of the conditions.

Form NU479, Nunavut Credits

You may be entitled to the credits listed in this section even if you do not have to pay tax. If the total of these credits is more than the taxes you have to pay, you may get a refund for the difference.

To claim these credits, attach a completed Form NU479, Nunavut Credits, to your return.

Cost of living tax credit

You can claim the cost of living tax credit if you were a resident of Nunavut at the end of the year. If your credit is more than the tax you owe, you will receive a refund for the difference.

If you were a resident of Nunavut with income from a business with a permanent establishment outside Nunavut, enter on line 1 of your Form NU479 the net income allocated to Nunavut from column 4 of your Form T2203, Provincial and Territorial Taxes for Multiple Jurisdictions.

Cost of living supplement for single parents

You can claim the cost of living supplement if you were a single parent and your adjusted net income (line 5 of Form NU479) is more than $60,000.

You are considered a single parent if, at any time in 2020, you met all of the following conditions:

  • You are not married or living in a common-law partnership, or you are married or in a common-law partnership but you are living apart due to a breakdown in the marriage or partnership
  • You have custody of a child, for at least 50% of the time, who is under 18 years of age, or who is 18 years of age or older and is dependent on you due to a mental or physical impairment

Political contribution tax credit

You can claim this credit if, in 2020, you contributed to a candidate seeking election to the Nunavut Legislative Assembly.

How to claim this credit

Enter your total political contributions made in 2020 on line 63991 of your Form NU479. Then calculate and enter your credit on line 16 as follows:

  • For contributions of $100 or less, enter the amount of your contributions on line 16 of your Form NU479
  • For contributions of $900 or more, enter $500 on line 16 of your Form NU479

Otherwise, complete the calculation for line 16 using the chart at the end of your Form NU479.

Supporting documents

If you are filing a paper return, attach the official receipt (signed by a financial agent of the candidate) for each contribution.

 

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