# What is the difference between eligible and ineligible dividends in Canada?

Contents

## What is the difference between eligible and non-eligible dividends in Canada?

Eligible dividends are “grossed-up” to reflect corporate income earned, and then a dividend tax credit is included to reflect the higher rate of corporate taxes paid. Non-eligible dividends are received from small business corporations that earn under \$500,000 of net income (most companies).

## What is an eligible Canadian dividend?

An eligible dividend is any taxable dividend paid to a resident of Canada by a Canadian corporation that is designated by that corporation to be an eligible dividend. A corporation’s capacity to pay eligible dividends depends mostly on its status.

## How are non-eligible dividends taxed in Canada?

Non-eligible dividends, generally paid from income subject to lower small business and passive income tax rates, are taxed in the hands of the shareholder ranging from 35.98%-47.34% (depending on Province/Territory). RDTOH, a notional tax account balance, is refunded to the corporation when a taxable dividend is paid.

## What are eligible dividends and ineligible dividends?

Corporate income that has been taxed at the higher rate can be paid as an eligible dividend, whereas, income that has been taxed at the lower rate small business deduction rate will be paid as an ineligible dividend.

## What’s the difference between eligible and ineligible dividends?

JH: The eligible dividend is the one that investors can qualify for the dividend tax credit. Ineligible dividends are coming from different stream of income from private companies. They are not available with the same significant tax advantages.

## How do you know if a dividend is eligible?

A corporation designates a dividend as an eligible dividend by notifying, in writing, each person to whom any dividend is paid that the dividend is an eligible dividend so that the recipient individual can claim the appropriate gross-up and DTC.

## How are Canadian eligible dividends calculated?

Calculating Dividend Income With Gross-Up

So, you would claim \$506 as dividend income on your return: Taxable amount of the eligible dividends = \$200 X 1.38 = \$276; then. Taxable amount of the other than eligible dividends = \$200 X 1.15 = \$230. Total taxable amount = \$276 + \$230 = \$506.