T2038 (IND): Investment Tax Credit for Individuals

If you invested in or paid for qualified propertyscientific research and experimental development (SR&ED)mining explorationapprenticeship jobs, or childcare spaces, you might be able to claim an investment tax credit (ITC) to lower your federal tax payable. To claim an ITC, complete the T2038 (IND) form in H&R Block’s tax software.

There are several situations that make you eligible to claim an ITC, such as:

  • You bought a new building, machinery, or equipment and it was used in certain Canadian regions for qualifying farming, fishing, logging, manufacturing, or processing activities
  • You have unclaimed credits that were earned in the last 10 years
  • You’ve done work that qualifies for SR&ED tax incentives or
  • You created a licensed childcare space for the children of your employees

Note: This list isn’t complete. For a full list, visit the Canada Revenue Agency's (CRA) website.

You can also use the T2038 (IND) to carry your unused ITC back up to 3 years or forward up to 20 years, claim a refund of the ITC (see section below), or if you have an ITC recapture on your SR&ED or childcare expenses.

For example: if you created a childcare space for the children of your employees and that space becomes unavailable or used for another purpose at any time within 5 years of the day it was created, the CRA will recapture the ITC for that space or property.

Important: Be sure to file your T2038 (IND) form within 12 months of the income tax filing deadline of the year you purchased the property or paid the expense. If you don’t, you’ll need to complete form T1-ADJ: T1 Adjustment Request.

Refund of the ITC

If you have unused ITC amounts, you might be able to get a refund of up to 40% of your unused credit amounts. Refer to the CRA website for more information.

Where do I claim this?

Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:

  1. On the PREPARE tab, click the IN THIS SECTION icon.

  2. In the Investments box, click the Add This Topic button.

  3. Click the PENSION PLANS AND INVESTMENTS icon. 

  4. Under the INVESTMENT INCOME heading, select the checkbox labelled Investment tax credit for individuals (T2038), then click Continue.

  5. When you arrive at the Investment tax credit for individuals page, enter your information into the tax software.

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