Manitoba PC Party Vows to End NDP Death Taxes

A re-elected PC government will eliminate probate fees on estates and the PST on Wills

A PC government will continue to make life more affordable by eliminating all Probate Fees and the PST on professional services related to the preparation of wills, putting an end to years of NDP death taxes.   

These changes will save Manitoba families an estimated $11 million annually.

“Death and taxes need not go together,” said Manitoba Progressive Conservative Leader Brian Pallister, “When people are grieving, the last thing they should be concerned about is how to pay more taxes and do government paperwork.”

The elimination of the PST on wills combined with the elimination of probate fees -- otherwise known as a death tax -- will save the typical family estate over $2,600, allowing more money to be passed along to family members.

The PC party believes that preparing a will is an essential step to protect your family and assets in case of a sudden death. “Removing the PST on will preparation will help encourage more individuals and families to better protect themselves,” added Pallister.

Probate fees, increased in another NDP tax grab in 2005, impact about 3,500 Manitoba families annually. Eliminating them altogether means more money from estates remains with family members, where it belongs.

Manitoba NDP leader Wab Kinew has publicly expressed interest in slapping more death taxes on Manitobans, and floated the idea during his inaugural appearance in the Legislature in October, 2017, saying:

"But it's interesting what the federal government is leaving out–no changes to estate taxes, where wealth is handed down from one generation to the next..." Kinew told the Legislature on Oct. 5, 2017.

“We know the NDP never saw a tax they didn’t like,” said Pallister. “First, they added the PST to many more items and services, then they raised it to 8 per cent to help fund their big spending habits. The NDP is a risk Manitobans can’t afford.”

The PC government has already provided historic tax relief to Manitobans, including:

  • Reducing the PST from eight to seven per cent, saving taxpayers $325 million annually.
  • Indexing the Personal Income Tax Brackets and the Basic Personal Amount every year, which has removed an estimated 7,720 Manitobans from the tax rolls over 3 years.

If re-elected, a PC government will help keep more money in the pockets of Manitobans by:

  • Eliminating the PST on home insurance, saving the average household – both homeowners and renters - approximately $70 annually.
  • Removing the PST on personal care services, such as haircuts and nail treatments. In all, Manitobans will save $7 million each year.
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