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2024 Alberta provincial budget: personal tax highlights

By ATB Wealth 1 March 2024 2 min read

The 2024 Alberta provincial budget was tabled on Feb. 29, 2024 by Finance Minister Nate Horner. Highlights from the tax plan include proposed personal income tax rate reductions beginning in 2026, a new tax on electric vehicles starting in 2025 and pending increases to land titles fees.


Proposed personal tax rate changes

As announced by Premier Danielle Smith in her pre-budget speech last week, the budget did not include the announcement of any personal tax rate changes for the current year. 

As such, personal tax rates remain as follows for 2024:

Alberta personal income tax bracket Alberta personal income tax rate
First $148,269 10%
$148,269 - $177,922 12%
$177,922 - $237,230 13%
$237,230 - $355,845 14%
Over $355,845 15%

The government confirmed its commitment to create a new personal income tax bracket for income below $60,000. Implementation is proposed to take place over a two-year period, with a personal income tax rate of nine per cent in 2026 and eight per cent in 2027 for this new income tax bracket, with the caveat that this implementation schedule is contingent on the province being able to do so while maintaining a balanced budget.

Year Lowest income tax bracket Alberta personal income tax rate
2024 First $148,269 10%
2025 First $148,269 (plus indexation) 10%
2026 (proposed) First $60,000 9%
2027 (proposed) First $60,000 (plus indexation) 8%

Tax on electric vehicles

Budget 2024 introduces a new $200 annual tax on electric vehicles, with a targeted effective date of Jan. 1, 2025. The tax will not apply to hybrid vehicles. The tax on electric vehicles will be paid along with existing vehicle registration fees. The new electric vehicle tax is intended to provide revenue comparable with the fuel taxes paid by those driving typical internal combustion vehicles. 


Increases to land titles fees

Currently, Alberta’s land titles fees include a base fee of $50 plus $2 per $5,000 of property value for property transfers and $1.50 per $5,000 of mortgage value for mortgage registrations. Budget 2024 proposes to increase these fees, with the implementation of a new Land Titles Registration Levy of $5 per $5,000 of value for both property transfers and mortgage registrations. Following the proposed fee increase, Alberta land titles fees will remain well below that of neighbouring provinces. 


Alberta is Calling Attraction Bonus

The Alberta is Calling Attraction Bonus has been proposed in the 2024 Alberta budget. This one-time initiative will provide a $5,000 refundable tax credit to individuals working in eligible occupations who move to Alberta after the program start date in April 2024. Additional eligibility criteria requirements will include working full time in a specified occupation, filing their 2024 taxes in Alberta and living in the province for at least 12 months. Further information and announcements on this credit will be made available in the coming weeks. 

For further information regarding the 2024 Alberta provincial budget, please refer to the Government of Alberta’s budget web page.

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