1. Middle class tax cuts: People with taxable income between $44,700 and $89,401 will save as much as $670 per year on their income taxes.
2. Tax increases for high earners: The Liberals will increase income taxes on people making more than $200,000 a year. At $300,000, the extra tax would amount to $3,330; the top combined federal and provincial marginal tax rate will be above 50 per cent in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia.
3. Changes to the TFSA limit: The annual contribution limit would likely fall back to $5,500 from the current $10,000.
4. Goodbye, Family Tax Cut: This current income splitting measure allows the higher-earning spouse in a family with kids under 18 to transfer up to $50,000 of income to the lower-earning spouse so it can be taxed at a lower rate. The maximum tax break under this measure is $2,000.
5. A new Canada Child Benefit: This will replace the current Universal Child Care Benefit and provide an extra $2,500 a year or so for a typical family of four. Families with household income of $200,000 or more will not receive this benefit.
6. OAS at 65: The Liberals have said they would not go ahead with plans to gradually raise the age of eligibility for Old Age Security by 2023.
7. CPP Enhancement: The Liberals have talked about working with the provinces to bolster Canada Pension Plan benefits. This calls into questionthe future of the proposed Ontario Retirement Pension Plan.
8. Home buying: Relaxing the rules under which people can pull money out of a registered retirement savings plan for a house down payment. The Home Buyers’ Plan currently focuses on first-time buyers; people would additionally be able to use it multiple times when moving for work, after the death of a spouse, after a marital split or to take in an elderly relative.
9. Student loans: Grads would not have to repay student loans until they earned at least $25,000 a year, with interest paid by the federal government during that period; also, the maximum Canada Student Grant for low-income students would rise to $3,000 annually for people studying full time.
Culled from: The Globe and Mail
Written by: Rob Carrick