Tax Credit for the 2020 Tax Year Open to Canola Farmers in Alberta

February 1, 2021

Edmonton, Alberta – February 1, 2021 Canola growers in Alberta that do not request a refund of their check off from the Alberta Canola Producers Commission qualify for a tax credit for the 2020 tax year.

The Scientific Research and Experimental Development (SR&ED) tax credit allows canola growers to claim the tax credit for that portion of the check off paid that was used to fund qualifying research.

“The tax credit is an additional benefit for growers who pay check-off on crops like canola”, says John Mayko a farmer from Mundare, Alberta and the Chair of Alberta Canola’s research committee. “Farmers are funding research into finding agronomic solutions for growing canola and human nutritional research to help grow market demand. The SR&ED tax credits allows farmers to capture some of that investment back at tax time.”

The tax credit rate for canola producers in Alberta for 2020 is 21.30 percent. For example, for an individual grower that paid $1000.00 in check off to the Alberta Canola in 2020, $213.00 is eligible to earn the tax credit.

The tax credit can:

  • offset federal taxes owing in the current year,
  • be received as a tax refund,
  • be carried forward up to 10 years to offset federal taxes owing, or
  • be carried back 3 years to reduce federal taxes paid in those years.
  • Individual producers must file a T2038 (IND). Farm corporations must file form T2SCH31.

For more information, contact the Canada Revenue Agency or your accountant.

Click here for SR&ED information on the Canada Revenue Agency Website

The mission of Alberta Canola is to support the long-term success of canola farmers in Alberta through research, extension, consumer engagement, and advocacy for canola farmers.

For more information, please contact:

Ward Toma, P. Ag.
General Manager
Alberta Canola Producers Commission
780.454.0844
[email protected]

click here for information on previous SR&ED Tax Credits for Alberta canola growers

Additional 2020 SR&ED tax credits will be available for producers who paid check-off into the following organizations (links will be updated when 2020 rates are posted):

Alberta Wheat Commission – 31%
Alberta Barley – 7%
Alberta Pulse Growers – 19.5%
Prairie Oat Growers – Alberta – 8.4%

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