December 29, 2015 12:39 pm
Updated: December 29, 2015 9:09 pm

Tax bills to edge lower for millions of Canadians in 2016

WATCH: The upcoming new year may be a happy one for your wallet. As of January 1, the Liberal tax cut for the middle class comes into effect. Experts says the majority of Canadians will see savings. Vassy Kapelos breaks down what the changes could mean.


The majority of Canadians will wake Jan. 1 to a new year and a lower tax bill.

With the Liberals’ promised re-jigging of income tax rates coming into effect on Friday, millions of Canadians will get a break when they file their annual income taxes for 2016, experts say.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation crunched the numbers this week and released its projections on how much individual earners will pay in tax this upcoming year versus 2015.

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The projections are an all-in look that take into account provincial taxes and obligations such as Canada Pension Plan contributions and employment insurance premiums.

When it’s all said a done, most are walking away with a bit more money in their pocket (see below).

“The Trudeau government’s middle-income tax cut means more money for most Canadians,” the non-profit tax watchdog group said.


But there are exceptions – notably those in the lowest income brackets. While taxes were expected to rise for high earners under the new government’s reforms, individuals with income of $30,000 or less also face an uptick based on the CTF’s calculations, albeit a modest one.

It also seems individuals earning between $80,000 and $150,000 stand to see the most generous reduction in taxes, too, according to a report from the watchdog group.

Here’s the CTF’s 2016 average tax estimates based on income level. While tax levels vary province to province, the estimates have been smoothed out into national averages:

  • Single earner $15,000: $406 in taxes this year vs. $402 in 2015 (up $4 versus 2015)
  • Single earner $30,000: $5,929 vs. $5,888 in 2015 (up $41)
  • Single earner $60,000: $16,002 vs. $16,186 in 2015 (down $181)
  • Single earner $80,000: $22,622 vs. $23,095 in 2015 (down $473)
  • Single earner $100,000: $30,471 vs. $31,082 in 2015 (down $611)
  • Single earner $150,000: $52,744 vs. $53,287 in 2015 (down $543)
  • Single earner $200,000: $76,729 vs. $77,116 in 2015 (down $387)
  • Single earner $250,000: $102,741 vs. $101,169 in 2015 (up $1,572)
  • Single earner $300,000: $128,907 vs. $125,337 in 2015 (up $3,570)

Who pays

The centrepiece of Ottawa’s new tax program is a broad-based cut for Canadians who earn between $45,000 and $90,000 combined with a hike on earners making north of $200,000 annually.

The first group will see their federal tax rate drop to 20.5 per cent from 22 per cent. The richest Canadians will see their federal rate rise four full percentage points, to 33 per cent of yearly income.

READ MORE: Here’s how your chequebook will fare next year

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During the fall election campaign, the Liberals said the tax increases on higher earners would pay for the “middle-class” tax cut.

Estimates released earlier this month however indicated the tax-reduction measure will cost Ottawa $1.2 billion this year —a sum adding to Ottawa’s expanding budget deficit.

WATCH: Gov. Gen. David Johnston’s speech from the throne in early December reiterated Ottawa’s pledge to cut taxes for middle-income earners and provide a more generous child benefit to those who need it.

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