Companies that earn passive or investment income such as capital gains, interest or rental income pay corporate tax at a higher rate than the low rate on active business income. To ensure integration of the tax system, part of the Part I tax and where applicable Part IV tax goes into a notional refundable dividend tax account (“RDTOH”) that is refundable when a taxable dividend is paid to the shareholder or to a recipient corporation. The dividend refund also results in a reduction in the RDTOH of the payor corporation.
In order the obtain the dividend refund, the corporate returns of the payor must be filed on a timely basis and no later than 3 years after the end of the year in which the dividend refund arose. Annual filing due dates of the T2 is within 6 months after the end of the taxation year. Read more