Taxation of NBI Solutions

09 February 2022 by National Bank Investments
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Here are 7 things of interest to know about the taxation of NBI solutions

1. How are distributions tax-efficient?

Mutual funds are designed to maximize tax credits and fund expenses.
They offer tax optimization to participants by minimizing taxation on distributions.
As such, the mutual fund fees, or management expense ratio (MER), are applied to the taxable portions in the following order: 

  • Interest income
  • Dividend income
  • Capital gains

2. Which tax slip for which type of mutual fund?

If the fund is:



T3 slip

(RL-16 slip in Quebec)

T5 slip

(RL-3 slip in Quebec)

3. What is the adjusted cost base?

ACB includes:

All purchases


Reinvested distributions


Returns of capital


The reinvestment of distributions in a mutual fund may cause its cost base to change in relation to its net asset value. This can have a fiscal impact.

4. In what case does the client get a return of capital?

If the mutual fund has a fixed target distribution policy and the mutual fund income (interest, dividends and/or capital gains) is insufficient, participants receive a non-taxable return of capital for the year underway.
This reduces the cost base of the initial investment and defers income taxes to when units are sold or the adjusted cost base is back at zero.

5. What is the fiscal impact of purchasing mutual fund units at the end of the year?

If an investor decides to purchase mutual fund units at the end of the year, they must first identify the last business day before the distribution date.

  • Before the distribution date: Distributions are taxed, whether they are paid out or reinvested in the mutual fund. This increases the ACB, thereby avoiding a double taxation1 situation. While taxes are partly paid in advance, the investment can benefit from market movements more quickly.
  • After the distribution date: No income tax is paid when units are purchased after the distribution date.

6. What happens if units are redeemed or switched?

The resulting capital gains or losses will be equal to the amount received during the redemption or switch, net of fees or the adjusted cost base of units. In a non-registered account, half of this capital gain must be included in the calculation of the taxable income.

7. What happens if units are converted? 

Converting units from one mutual fund series to units from another series of the same mutual fund does not have any fiscal impact.
Converting units between series of different currencies, from a hedged series to an unhedged series and vice versa, results in a capital loss or gain and therefore has a fiscal impact.

1Applicable to non-registered accounts only.

Legal notes

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