British Columbia mining exploration tax credit

Important notice

A permanent extension to the British Columbia mining exploration tax credit has been announced. See what's new for British Columbia corporations.

A corporation that has incurred qualified mining exploration expenses in British Columbia may qualify for the British Columbia mining exploration tax credit. The corporation must have maintained a permanent establishment in the province at any time in the tax year.

The expenditures have to be incurred for determining the existence, location, extent, or quality of a mineral resource in British Columbia.

Qualified mining exploration expenses may include expenses incurred in the course of prospecting, carrying out geological surveys, drilling, trenching, digging test pits, and preliminary sampling. Exploration expenses include expenses incurred after February 28, 2015, for environmental studies and community consultation to get a right, licence or privilege for determining the existence, location, extent or quality of a mineral resource in BC.

Any flow-through mining expenditure renounced under subsection 66(12.6) of the federal Income Tax Act does not qualify for the credit.

This credit also applies to partnerships. Taxpayers who are active members of a partnership, other than specified members (such as limited partners), can each claim their proportionate share of the partnership’s tax credit.

The credit is equal to 20% of the amount by which:

  • the total qualified mining exploration expenses incurred in the tax year
    is more than
  • the total assistance for amount included in the total qualified mining exploration expenses for the tax year

Prospecting, drilling, trenching, digging test pits and preliminary sampling expenses incurred after May 17, 2018, are qualified mining exploration expenses only to the extent the expenses exceed any revenues resulting from those expenses before the mine comes into production in reasonable commercial quantities.

A corporation can claim an additional 10% of the total qualified mining exploration expenses incurred in prescribed mountain pine beetle affected areas. These expenses must be reduced by the total assistance attributable to them.

The credit is fully refundable, but must first be applied against total taxes payable.

Claiming the credit

File Schedule 421, British Columbia Mining Exploration Tax Credit, with your return.

You must claim this credit no later than 18 months after the end of the tax year, for a tax year that ends on or after January 1, 2017. It was previously 36 months.

To claim your proportionate share of the partnership's tax credit, also file Schedule T1249, British Columbia Mining Exploration Tax Credit Partnership Schedule.

For more information about this credit, see the schedules and section 25.1 of the British Columbia Income Tax Act.

On line 673 of Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations, enter the amount of credit you are claiming.

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