Majority government may bring significant changes to the tax system

KPMG on The Hill when budget drops

TORONTO, Feb. 29, 2012 /CNW/ - With a Harper majority government in power, this could be a big year for changes to the tax system, KPMG predicts. Budget day is now set for March 29 and may bring potential cuts to government programs, including the retirement income system, Old Age security and R&D tax incentives.

"Prime Minister Harper's recent message in Davos on science and technology leads us to believe we could see significant changes to R&D tax credits," says Elio Luongo, Canadian Managing Partner, Tax with KPMG in Canada. "The Jenkins report calls for more direct funding through targeted grants and incentives, a move that will change the current tax credit program with a view to better results."

What to expect

This year's Finance Committee's report, Staying Focussed on Canadian Jobs and Growth highlights additional 2012 budget considerations:

  • Business tax changes: a stronger focus on international competitiveness, including potential new rules for the taxation of corporate groups and continuing tax incentives for Canada's traditional industries like mining, forestry and manufacturing
  • Personal tax changes: stronger support for charitable giving, reduced personal taxes through income splitting and increased TFSA contribution limits and additional tax support for skilled workers, retirees and family businesses
  • Expert panels convened by the government to review, modernize and simplify the federal corporate tax and personal tax systems

KPMG on the Hill

KPMG will be on the front lines come Budget day. Whatever tax changes are announced, KPMG will provide commentary and explain the Budget's impact and ways to take advantage of new opportunities. Budget highlights will be made available late afternoon on Budget day. Details will be made available at www.kpmg.ca.

About KPMG

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For further information:

Kathleen Killen
Senior Manager, Media Relations
KPMG in Canada
(416) 777-3447
kkillen@kpmg.ca

Michael Bodsworth
Manager, Media Relations
KPMG in Canada
(416) 777-3407
mbodsworth@kpmg.ca