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What is an example of a tax incentive?

Tax incentives are an important aspect of economic policy, as they can stimulate investment, especially for (SR&ED) tax credit. They also serve to support businesses and increase economic growth. Tax incentives are reductions or credits in taxation that encourage investment or behaviour that serves a public policy objective.

Understanding how different kinds of incentives work can help you save money on your taxes or benefit from other incentives associated with them. Here are some examples of tax incentives and how they can help you.

Examples of Tax Incentives


Examples include accelerated depreciation, deductions for research and experimentation costs. But also exempting capital gains on certain assets, deferring income taxes due on investments made into specific industries, providing state and local subsidies to companies investing in certain areas.


Examples include personal exemptions, deductions for dependent, progressive tax rates (taxpayers with higher incomes subject to higher rates), credits like Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). But also deductions for retirement savings plans such as 401(k)s or IRAs and foreign tax credit (allowing taxpayers to offset foreign taxes paid against their domestic income taxes).

Consumption Related

Examples include sales tax reductions for certain goods, rebates/credits applicable when purchasing energy efficient products such as; appliances or vehicles governed by the Fuel Economy Standards and excise tax exemptions for products such as foods prescribed by governmental authority.

Regional Development

Examples include investment in designated enterprise zones eligible for specified valuable treatment relating to planning/zoning matters; grants awarded on projects based upon accessioning of production sites; reduced rate electricity tariffs granted only within pre-defined geographical boundaries; waivers of property taxes granted only within designated regions.

But also creation/funding of Regional Development Authorities by governmental authorities whose purpose is to undertake specific regional site development initiatives excluding all other projects outside its jurisdiction; favourable banking regulatory regimes enacted exclusively within specified 2 sites/localities etc…


Tax credits provide taxpayers with a dollar-for-dollar reduction in their taxes instead of reducing their taxable income like deductions do. Tax credits can be earned for activities such as adopting children, taking college classes relevant to their job field, or qualifying improvements made to their home that increase energy efficiency (such as adding insulation or replacing windows).


A deferral allows taxpayers to delay paying taxes on income that they receive in one year but defer paying until next year (or any subsequent year). For example, taxpayers who receive certain types of stock options may choose to defer paying taxes on them until the options are exercised (at which point they become actual earnings).


Examples include Child Care Credit which allows taxpayers with dependent children under the age of 13 to deduct from their income taxes a portion of childcare expenses incurred so that they can go out and work etc…

It is clear that there are many types of tax incentives available depending on your circumstances. While some may provide significant financial benefits in terms of reducing your total amount owed come filing time. Others may have a more limited impact but still help those who choose to pursue them achieve their objectives efficiently and effectively.