Government expands applicability of Livestock Tax Deferral

September 15, 2021


Authored by RSM Canada


Farmers and ranchers across Western Canada are grappling with especially brutal drought conditions this year, due to low precipitation and scorching temperatures throughout much of the spring and summer. With crop and feed yields a fraction of what an average year would bring, as well as skyrocketing hay prices, livestock producers are facing significant uncertainty about how they will manage to feed their herds in the months to come. For some, selling a significant percentage of their herd may be the only way forward.

The Livestock Tax Deferral (LTD) provision allows eligible livestock producers some reprieve from the tax burden arising from income earned on the sale of their herd. This provision permits those in prescribed drought and flood regions who sell part of their breeding herd due to drought, flooding or excessive moisture to defer a portion of the income arising from a sale of their breeding herd. Income can be deferred if the breeding herd has been reduced by at least 15%. Where the reduction in the breeding herd is at least 15% but less than 30%, 30% of the income from net sales can be deferred. Similarly, where the reduction in the breeding herd is 30% or more, 90% of income from net sales can be deferred. The income from net sales can be deferred to the earliest of:

  • The first taxation year in which the region is no longer prescribed by the government;
  • The first taxation year at the end of which the taxpayer is a non-resident and not carrying on business through a fixed place of business; and
  • The taxation year in which the taxpayer dies.

While the LTD provision is not new, the list of prescribed drought and flood regions is updated annually. Given the unfavourable conditions across much of the country, the 2021 list of prescribed regions has been extended to include additional impacted regions.

This article was written by Clara Pham, Danielle Wallace, Chetna Thapar and originally appeared on 2021-09-15 RSM Canada, and is available online at

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