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Municipal Election contributions


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Hello darlenea. Donations directly to a municipality where a receipt is provided are allowable for Donation/Charity claims. Contributions to individuals running for a municipal office however are not eligible as a Donation or as a Political tax credit. Only contributions to Federal and in some cases Provincial political parties are eligible for the Political tax credit, and all such contributions must have a valid receipt.

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49 minutes ago, TheTaxSmith said:

Hello darlenea. Donations directly to a municipality where a receipt is provided are allowable for Donation/Charity claims. Contributions to individuals running for a municipal office however are not eligible as a Donation or as a Political tax credit. Only contributions to Federal and in some cases Provincial political parties are eligible for the Political tax credit, and all such contributions must have a valid receipt.

Thank you!  I found information that said if you made contributions to a "registered Alberta political party, a candidate, a leadership or nomination contestant..." you can claim the non-refundable tax credit.  So a municipal candidate must be registered and must give receipts for contributions so why can these contributions not be claimed as a Political tax credit?  Just wondering...

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Basically the municipal candidate is not a political party. The registration of the candidate has nothing to do with the income tax system. They are still required to issue receipts but that has nothing to do with income tax credits. It is what it is. It's just the law. Perhaps looking at the fact that municipal elections have little to do with National or Provincial politics, just administration of your local area for services such as roads and garbage disposal.

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10 hours ago, TheTaxSmith said:

Basically the municipal candidate is not a political party. The registration of the candidate has nothing to do with the income tax system. They are still required to issue receipts but that has nothing to do with income tax credits. It is what it is. It's just the law. Perhaps looking at the fact that municipal elections have little to do with National or Provincial politics, just administration of your local area for services such as roads and garbage disposal.

Ok, thanks!

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