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I am Aboriginal, and I need help with my income tax

Income tax is the tax that the federal and provincial governments put on your income. Under the Indian Act, personal property on reserve is tax free, and if you are a registered status Indian (a person who is registered with the federal government under the Indian Act), you may not have to pay tax on your other employment income. Whether or not you pay income tax has to do mainly with the location of your work, although other factors are considered. The resources below explain how Canada Revenue Agency decides whether or not your employment income is tax exempt (free from tax).

Good starting points include:

  • Taxes for Aboriginal Peoples, from the federal government, has information about tax benefits and requirements that apply to Aboriginal peoples. It includes information on the tax exemption under section 87 of the Indian Act.
  • Tax Information for Individuals, from the BC Ministry of Finance, provides personal and general tax information, including information for First Nations.

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Last reviewed November 2017

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