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March 30, 2023 | RBC Wealth Management


Introduction to income tax in Canada

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In Canada, most of our income is subject to at least some tax. The Canadian tax system is based on progressive tax rates, which means the tax rate goes up as income goes up. Your marginal tax rate is the rate at which additional dollars earned will be taxed at. You don’t pay your marginal rate on all of your income. You only pay the rate that applies to the amount of income you have in each bracket, or at each step. Your average tax rate refers to the amount of tax you pay in a year, relative to your total income.

To calculate your income tax, add up your income, subtract applicable deductions, multiply this by the tax rates, then deduct applicable credits. Tax deductions and credits can save you money by reducing how much income tax you pay. Since not every deduction and credit applies to every individual, it’s important to research those that might apply to you and/or consult with a qualified tax advisor.

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