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Technology From income taxes to AirBnB rentals: How Alberta's new budget will affect your personal finances

12:15  25 october  2019
12:15  25 october  2019 Source:   cbc.ca

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The budget documents forecast revenues from personal income tax to increase by .3 billion, or Also gone is the education tax credit. User fees. Starting next year, registering your personal There will also be new tourism levies on short-term rentals like AirBnB by 2020, according to the budget .

With the rising popularity of Airbnb and other vacation rental companies, more and more people are renting their homes and learning about a new set of tax issues that come with it. "I ended up paying hefty taxes and investing a lot of time in trying to figure out my tax deductions and finances .

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives the thumbs up before the delivery of the provincial budget in Edmonton, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.© Jason FransonSpecial\THE CANADIAN PRESS Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives the thumbs up before the delivery of the provincial budget in Edmonton, Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019.

Albertans will pay more for everything from income taxes to user fees to tuition to smoking under the budget unveiled by the United Conservative government on Thursday.

The budget aims to balance the books by 2022-23 and relies heavily on tax reductions and streamlining for corporations with the assumption those benefits will trickle down to individuals.

The only signs of relief for individuals will come in the form of child benefits for families, or in the form of reduced taxes on corporate dividend payouts if you happen to own profitable stock.

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Thinking about financing a property to use rent through Airbnb ? Your new loan structure could also allow you to rent your property on Airbnb more frequently. This program is a big deal because not all lenders allow you to count short-term rental income in a mortgage application.

Here's how the new budget will affect Albertans' individual bottom lines.

Income tax

The government says they're not increasing taxes, but the amount you pay will effectively go up. That's because the amount you're allowed to exempt will not increase, as it has in the past. The budget will de-index that amount from inflation, so you'll end up paying more, in real-dollar terms.

How much more? The government was either unable or unwilling to answer that question during the budget lockup on Thursday.

The budget documents forecast revenues from personal income tax to increase by $2.3 billion, or an average of 6.1 per cent per year until 2023. That includes factors like more population and improved incomes.

"This forecast includes the impact of pausing indexation of tax brackets and credits, and elimination of the tuition and education tax credits," reads the budget.

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The new economy brings with it new tax filing considerations that weren’t even on most tax filers’ radar a few In most cases, the occasional Airbnb rental will be considered rental income as opposed to business income . WatchThese are the election promises that could affect your personal finances .

Learn how rental income from Airbnb may affect your taxes here. If Airbnb withholds income tax from your earnings, they will also send a form indicating how much was withheld. Sally Herigstad is a certified public accountant and personal finance columnist and author of Help!

Education and tuition

The tuition freeze was already slated to end under the previous NDP government, but it would have had a cap tied to inflation. That is gone.

Tuition will be allowed to increase up to seven per cent every year for the next three years — a maximum 21 per cent increase.

Also gone is the tuition tax credit as mentioned above. And interest on student loan rates will go up from prime to prime plus one per cent.

Also gone is the education tax credit.

User fees

Starting next year, registering your personal vehicle will cost more, up to $93.65 from the current rate of $84.45 including registry fees.

If you want to haul your recreational vehicle, that's also going to jump to $163.65 from $109.45.

Going to a museum will also get more expensive starting next year. Admission for an adult will increase by $3 per visit or $2 per visit for a family. Special exhibits will go from zero dollars to $15.

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Homeowners can now use income from Airbnb to qualify for mortgage refinances, thanks to a new pilot program through Fannie Mae. Fannie Mae allows borrowers to use the rental income as part of the income qualification to refinance their home loans.

Filing Your Airbnb Taxes : How does it work? Every Airbnb host will receive a 1099-K form from Airbnb . They don't withhold any taxes on your Depending on how you run your Airbnb business, you have know whether your Airbnb income is Schedule C or schedule E . The distinction is based

Cigarettes and AirBnB

If you smoke, it's going to cost you.

Fees are going up for a carton of smokes, loose tobacco and cigars.

There are also going to be new fees on vaping — but those details are yet to be announced.

There will also be new tourism levies on short-term rentals like AirBnB by 2020, according to the budget.

Carbon tax

The government says it anticipates the elimination of the carbon tax will mean savings of $665 per year for a family with two children, but that figure doesn't take into account the rebates most Alberta households received under the provincial carbon tax system the UCP government cancelled.

There's also the federal carbon tax that is expected to come into effect in Alberta in the new year under the re-elected Liberal government.

Electricity

The government will be eliminating the rate cap on electricity bills.

Previously, if the rate per kilowatt-hour was above 6.8 cents, the cost would be absorbed by the government. That's gone.

So, your bill could grow beyond that threshold. By how much? That's anyone's guess.

Municipal taxes

It's no secret that Calgary has been struggling with its tax base, trying to cut spending and find ways to reduce the tax impacts, particularly on businesses, from the hollowing out of downtown.

That math is about to get even more difficult for the city.

Municipal funding from the province will decrease in this budget. That means Calgary, which just cut its own budget, will have to make even deeper cuts, raise taxes and fees, or some combination of all three.

Either way, you're likely to pay more.

On the plus side for cities, the province won't increase its take from the educational property tax, leaving a bit more room for the city to hold on to those funds.

Family benefits

Now a bit of good news, at least for families.

The province will roll two family benefits into one program called the Alberta Child and Family Benefit Program.

According to the government, that will increase benefits for the lowest income families by 15 per cent per year.

It says a family of two could see $593 more per year, compared to the previous two programs.

How will new rules for Airbnb and short-term rentals change Toronto? .
Stricter rules governing Airbnbs and other short-term rentals in Toronto are coming following a decision handed down by the Local Planning and Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) — here's what you need to know.Back in December 2017, Toronto city council approved zoning bylaw amendments that were supposed to take effect in June 2018. However, those rules were put on hold as they were challenged at the LPAT, which made its final ruling on Monday.

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