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Canada Taxes: Federal & Provincial on Imports

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Canada Taxes: Federal & Provincial on Imports

Postby bridgat » Mon Nov 17, 2008 12:20 pm

Federal Tax: Goods and Service Tax (GST) of 6% is levied on all taxable imports.

The Provinicial Sales Tax (PST) is generally payable on imports which are not for re-sale.

The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is an agreement between the federal government and the provinces of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Newfoundland to combine the PST and the GST so that there will be a flat rate of 14%. Revenue Canada Customs & Excise will collect the 14% on all taxable imports of goods for use in these three provinces. The HST is collected on imported goods that exceed personal exemptions

Province Rate Coverage Collected at Import
Alberta 0% no
British Columbia 7% Goods only no
Manitoba 7% Goods & Services no
New Brunswick HST Goods & Services yes
Newfoundland HST Goods & Services yes
Northwest Territories 0 no
Nova Scotia HST Goods & Services yes
Ontario 8% Goods & Services no+
Prince Edward
Island 10% Goods & Services no
Quebec 7% Goods & Services yes++
Saskatchewan 7% Goods & Services no
Yukon 0% no
+ Provincial tax will be collected at the border for personal shipments only, not on commercial shipments.
++Personal shipments only, not on commercial shipments.

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