Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024 – Good News! Annual Labour Cost limit increased from $55,000 to $85,000 per employee

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Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024: The Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit is a refundable tax credit amount which is provided to particular organizations that are corporations, a partnership or a trust. The officials provide the credit by calculating it. 25% of the total qualifying labour expenditure incurred for a particular tax year commencing on or after 1st January 2014 concerning all eligible employees of the QJO Newsroom i.e., Qualifying Journalism Organization is considered.

It reduces any amount which was offered from the Aid to Publishers component of CPG of the same year. The full form of CPF is the Canada Periodical Fund. It must be noted that other types of help provided by the government can also affect the calculation of the Qualifying Labour Expenditure. Get more details about the $85,000 Journalism Labour Tax Credit below.

Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024

According to the Fall Economic Statement for the 2023 Tax Year, the government wants to increase the cap on labour expenditures per eligible employee of the newsroom. Annual Labour Cost limit increased from $55,000 to $85,000 per employee. It is also mentioned in the statement that the government will also increase the tax rate to 10% i.e., from 25% to 35% for a total of four years. These measures have been applied after 2022.

Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024 - Good News! Annual Labour Cost limit increased from $55,000 to $85,000 per employee

Required Eligibility for Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit

The eligibility criteria section is important as the tax credit will be offered to eligible ones only. So, an organization must be a Qualifying Journalism Organization to get the benefits of the Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit. To become a QJO, the organization should be first designated as QCJO i.e., Qualified Canadian Journalism Organization. Afterwards, it must meet the following eligibility conditions:

  • The organization must not have a license as mentioned in the Broadcasting Act Subsection 2(1).
  • If the organization is a corporation which holds share capital then it must meet the mentioned ownership conditions of the Canadian Newspaper as mentioned in the Income Tax Act.

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How to Claim the $85,000 Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024?

The following section includes information regarding the claiming process to get benefits from the canada.ca Journalism Labour Tax Credit:

  • Corporation:
    If the corporation wants to claim the above-mentioned benefits then they must file a T2SCH58, Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit and also mention the total amount of the credit in the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return Form in the 798 line.
    If it is a member of a partnership which is a corporation it must claim the allocated credit from the partnership on the T2SCH58 (130 Line), CJLTC. Please note that the amount will be considered in the claimed credit amount by the corporation on the T2 Corporation Income Tax Return (798 line).
  • Partnership:
    If applying as a partnership then the eligible member should file the T5013SCH58, Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit form and mention the allocated amount provided to each eligible beneficiary in Part 4 (220 Line). Tax Returns (T1, T2 and T3) can be used by the eligible members to claim the Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit.
    On line 47555 of their T1, line 798 of the T2 and line 91 of their T3 return need to be used to get the credit. The authority will distribute the credit between the eligible members of a partnership concerning a partnership that is a Qualifying Journalism Organization.
  • Trust:
    Supporting documents will be needed from a trust claiming the above-mentioned tax credit along with the mention of the credit amount on the T3 Trust Income Tax and Information Return (On-Line 91). One can check the publication T4013, T3 Trust Guide to get more information on the return.
    In this case, the trust is not a Qualifying journalism Organization. However, if it is a member of a partnership which fulfilled the QJO conditions, the allocation tax credit amount will be offered to the trust by the partnership. It can be claimed easily on line 91 supported by a valid T5013.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to get more information regarding the Canadian Journalism Labour Tax Credit 2024?
Readers can go to the Guidance on the income tax measures to support journalism to get information on the tax credit criteria and more queries can be solved by visiting Supporting Canadian Journalism.

What are the CJLTC eligibility conditions in terms of salary?
The officials have stated that the credit will not be applied to salaries or wages that are in respect of a period before 1st January 2019.

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