As a resident of Nova Scotia, if you invested in eligible shares of a business registered under the ETC (Equity Tax Credit) program during 2018 (or within the first 60 days of 2019), and the government of Nova Scotia issued you a NSETC-1 receipt for your investments, you can claim the Nova Scotia equity tax credit.
This credit allows you to claim:
- 35% of your investment (up to $17,500 in credits for a maximum investment of $50,000) for investments made after December 31, 2009
- 30% of your investment (up to $15,000 in credits for a maximum investment of $50,000) for investments made before January 1, 2010
Any unused amounts will show up on your notice of assessment or reassessment. You can carry forward your unused amounts for up to 7 years, or back for up to 3 years.
Remember to keep all of your documents if you’re filing electronically, just in case the CRA asks to see them later. If you’re filing a paper return, remember to attach your T1285 form and NSECT-1 receipt.
Where do I claim this?
Follow these steps in H&R Block’s 2018 tax software:
Before you begin, make sure that you told us that you lived in Nova Scotia on December 31, 2018.
- Under the PREPARE tab, click the IN THIS SECTION icon.
- In the Investments box, click the Add This Topic button.
- Click the PENSION PLANS AND INVESTMENTS icon. You will find yourself here:
- Under the RESOURCE INCOME AND CREDITS heading, select the checkbox labelled Nova Scotia equity tax credit (T1285), and then click Continue.
- When you arrive at the Nova Scotia equity tax credit page, enter your information into the tax software.