Income taxes

This is a question every expat wonders when they live abroad. When you are an international, where do you pay taxes?

Two options: as an expat resident in Canada, you pay taxes in Canada on money earned anywhere in the world. By resident, it means living in Canada for more than 183 days. As an expat non-resident in Canada, you pay taxes on money earned only in the country.

How it works? both the federal and provincial governments impose income taxes on individuals. Income taxes in Canada are progressive. The high income residents pay a higher percentage of taxes than the low income residents. Below you can find an overview of the progressive percentage of taxes on the amount of taxable income.

Get more details here.

Sales taxes

Sales taxes include a federal tax and a provincial tax. The federal one is the GST (Goods and Services Tax) of 7%. The provincial one is the PST (Provincial Sales Tax) of up to 10% depending on the province.

Property taxes

The rates of the property tax depend on the location, the type and the assessed value of the property. The types of property include: residential, multi-residential, commercial, industrial, pipelines, farms, and managed forests.

Although property taxes is calculated on the property value, they are regressive with respect of the family income.

Business taxes

As individuals, resident businesses are taxed on their worldwide yearly income.

Get more information here.


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