Nova Scotia – Provincial corporation tax

Lower rate

The lower rate of Nova Scotia income tax is 2.5% effective April 1, 2020. It was previously 3%.

The income eligible for the lower rate is determined using the $500,000 Nova Scotia business limit.

Higher rate

The higher rate of income tax is 14% effective April 1, 2020. It was previously 16%. This rate applies to taxable income earned in Nova Scotia that does not qualify for the lower rate.

If the rate changes during the tax year, you have to base your calculation on the number of days in the year that each rate is in effect.


These rates also apply to the income earned in the Nova Scotia offshore area.

For more information, see Dual tax rates.

Reporting the tax

You can use Schedule 346, Nova Scotia Corporation Tax Calculation, to help you calculate the Nova Scotia tax before the application of credits. You do not have to file it with the return. See the schedule for more details.

On line 215 and/or 220 of Schedule 5, Tax Calculation Supplementary – Corporations, enter the amount of tax calculated.

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