Tax Credits for British Columbian Residents in 2024

By Remitbee - Jan 25, 2024

What Are Tax Credits?

Tax credits are deductions that can be claimed on your income tax returns. These credits can be based on various factors, including location, income level, investments, training, education, or specific activities. Unlike tax deductions that reduce taxable income or rates, tax credits directly reduce the amount of tax owed.

This article provides an overview of the province of British Columbia and the different tax credits available to its residents.

Types of Tax Credits

Tax credits generally fall into two categories: refundable and non-refundable.

  • Refundable tax credits allow taxpayers to receive a refund if their tax credits exceed their tax obligations.
  • Non-refundable tax credits reduce taxes but do not provide refunds if the credit amount surpasses the tax owed.

British Columbia Basic Tax Credits

These are non-refundable credits calculated by multiplying the base amount by the lowest tax rate for the year 2024. The tax rates and base amounts are as follows:

Taxable Income BracketTax Rate
$0 to $47,9375.06%
$47,937.01 to $95,8757.70%
$95,875.01 to $110,07610.50%
$110,076.01 to $133,66412.29%
$133,664.01 to $181,23214.70%
$181,232.01 to $252,75216.80%
Over $252,75220.50%
Tax Credit2024 Base Amount2023 Base AmountIndexedNote
Basic Personal Amount$12,580$11,981Yes
Spousal$10,772$10,259YesCredit reduced when spousal income exceeds: $1,078 (2024) or $1,026 (2023)
Eligible Dependant$10,772$10,259YesCredit reduced when dependant income exceeds: $1,078 (2024) or $1,026 (2023)
B.C. Caregiver$5,505$5,243YesCredit reduced when dependant income exceeds: $18,629 (2024) or $17,742 (2023)
Age (65 or older)$5,641$5,373YesCredit reduced when income exceeds: $41,993 (2024) or $39,994 (2023)
Adoption ExpenseActual (up to $19,066)Actual (up to $18,210)NoCredit based on federal indexed maximum amount
Volunteer Firefighters and Search and Rescue Volunteers$3,000$3,000No
Charitable and Other GiftsActualActualNoThe lowest tax rate on the first $200; 20.5% on the lesser of the amount over $200 and the portion of taxable income above $252,752 (2024) or $240,716 (2023); and 16.8% on the remaining amount
Medical ExpenseActualActualYesCredit reduced by lesser of 3% of net income or $2,616 (2024) or $2,491 (2023)
Mental or Physical Impairment$9,435$8,986Yes
Mental or Physical Impairment for Children under 18$5,505$5,242YesCredit reduced by attendant care and child care expenses over: $3,196 (2024) or $3,044 (2023)

"Indexed" means that the tax credit adjusts yearly based on inflation, as indicated by the Consumer Price Index for British Columbia (BC CPI).

Other Tax Credits Available to B.C. Residents

In addition to Basic Tax Credits, British Columbia offers specialized tax credits for residents in specific circumstances. Some of the notable ones include:

  • B.C. Mining Flow-Through Share Income Tax Credit: This credit applies to individuals who invest in flow-through mining shares, offering a 20% non-refundable credit on their expenditures. It can be carried back three years or forward ten years.

  • B.C. Renter's Tax Credit (Introduced in 2023): Provides up to $400 to assist low- and moderate-income renters with adjusted incomes of $60,000 or less. The assistance amount decreases by 2% for incomes exceeding $60,000.

  • Home Renovation Tax Credit for Seniors and Persons with Disabilities: A refundable tax credit for seniors over 65 or persons with disabilities, covering the cost of certain home renovations that improve accessibility and functionality, up to $1000 annually.

  • Employee Share Ownership Plan (ESOP) and Employee Venture Capital Corporation (EVCC): ESOP promotes employee investment in their company, with a 20% tax credit on investments in employers' businesses. EVCC offers a 30% tax credit to investors for equity capital investments in B.C.-based small businesses.

  • Climate Action Tax Credit: A quarterly payment designed to offset the impact of carbon taxes for eligible individuals based on age, marital status, and residency.

  • Political Contribution Personal Income Tax Credit: Encourages responsible community participation by providing tax credits for eligible political contributions.

In conclusion, British Columbia residents may be eligible for various tax credits to reduce their tax liability. These credits cover personal and financial aspects, including essential personal amounts, medical expenses, home ownership, childcare, education, and political donations. Staying informed about tax law updates and consulting tax professionals for personalized advice is essential for maximizing potential savings. Leveraging available tax credits can contribute to financial planning and savings for British Columbia residents.