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As an importer of goods to Canada, are you concerned about your Canadian Sales Tax implications?

The Canadian Sales Tax Implications for Importers of Goods to Canada

As a successful foreign business, you know what it takes to thrive in your native country. However, if you are considering doing business in Canada, trying to understand a new set of laws and regulations in a foreign country can be challenging and time-consuming. Why spend valuable time deciphering Canada’s complex tax rules, when our commodity tax experts can do it for you.

As the importer of record, your company will be required to pay 5% Goods and Services Tax (“GST”) on most commercial goods your company is importing to Canada. The tax is then collected by Canada Border Services Agents at the time of importation and is indicated on the B3 – Canada Customs Coding form.

Canadian Non-residents

As a non-resident of Canada, you may be required to register for GST/HST purposes OR you may be able to able register voluntarily. As a GST/HST registrant, your company will generally be able to claim a credit to recover GST paid on the importation of goods. At Crowe Soberman, our commodity tax experts can:
  • Assist you with determining your potential GST/HST obligations, including whether you are required to register and charge the tax and whether you can recover the GST paid on importation.
  • Review arrangements that can be made with your Canadian customers that are GST/HST registered to ensure the tax paid on importation is recovered.
  • Assess any other Canadian tax implications related to your company and assist you with any required compliance matters for various Canadian taxes, such as:
    • Provincial Sales Taxes in Quebec, Manitoba, British Colombia and Saskatchewan
    • Income tax filing requirements and withholding tax
    • Payroll tax filing and remittance requirements (if you send employees to Canada)

Our fees are based on time spent, our standard rates plus any out-of-pocket expenses. We can also discuss fixed fees for specific requirements. They will vary depending on the facts and complexity of each situation. A retainer may be required for first-time clients.

If you would like to discuss any of the above considerations, please don’t hesitate to contact Frederic Pansieri for more information.

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Frederic Pansieri
Frédéric Pansieri
Partner, Commodity Tax
Frédéric Pansieri Professional Corporation