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Jan 28, 2014 20:08 |  #1

Those who has purchased used camera gears from US sellers here at POTN - there should be duty free, right? What about other taxes? What is this GST/HST tax? Does it apply to every providence in Canada. Thanks in advance for your input!




  
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Jan 28, 2014 23:22 |  #2

Should be no duty and your provincial / territorial tax rate applies.




  
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Jan 28, 2014 23:35 as a reply to  @ SamFrench's post |  #3

That's what I am afraid of...$450 in tax :-(

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Jan 30, 2014 22:27 |  #4

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That's what I am afraid of...$450 in tax :-(

Thanks for replying!

Man, I thought our taxes were bad. What is the tax rate over there?


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Jan 31, 2014 00:15 |  #5

How can the tax be assessed? How is the value determined?


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Jan 31, 2014 09:57 |  #6

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Man, I thought our taxes were bad. What is the tax rate over there?

Depends on the province. Ours are 12%. They find every way to double dip though.


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Jan 31, 2014 13:22 |  #7

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How can the tax be assessed? How is the value determined?

Tax is assessed by Customs when it crosses the border and collected by the shipper. Fedex/UPS will charge you the tax when they deliver, and won't release it until you pay. If you use the "Ground" shipping option expect a $30-50 brokerage fee.

If you ship USPS/Canada Post, they typically deliver and send you a bill afterwards. There's generally a $5-10 administration fee as well.

The amount of the tax is based on GST and PST or HST depending on where you live. The shipper has to declare the value of the item being shipped, they will tax based on that amount if it's reasonable. If they think the shipper is under-declaring the value of the item they can adjust the assessed value higher and tax that instead.

If you're buying from B&H and ship with Purolator you have an option to pre-pay the taxes through B&H. Then your package should show up with no additional bills due. Makes life a little simpler.




  
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Jan 31, 2014 13:34 |  #8

Very well stated!




  
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Jan 31, 2014 15:27 |  #9

That is crazy


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Jan 31, 2014 15:41 as a reply to  @ Methodical's post |  #10

The actual tax amount will be $750...$5000 at 15% (Nova Scotia) ;-(




  
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Jan 31, 2014 16:25 |  #11

Yeah it's a bunch of money, but it's the same as if you buy it in town. If it's cheaper in the states, at least you're paying tax on the lower price, not the higher Canadian price. The only way to dodge sales tax in Canada is to mail order from another province.

However that will only get you out of PST. You pay the GST, and if your provice has HST (I believe Nova Scotia does) then you're paying the full HST regardless.

I don't recommend it anyways, as it's illegal. Even on personal purchases you are supposed to report and remit any PST out of province purchases. It rarely gets caught at a personal level, but if you run a business or organization this will get picked up on. The fencing club I used to be part of ordered a bunch of gear from Alberta (I'm in BC). They had their taxes reviewed and found out they never paid PST on those purchases. So they paid the PST then, with a boatload of penalties and interest to boot.

In short - pay your taxes!




  
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Jan 31, 2014 16:34 |  #12

Thanks for the explanation and clarification. What a hassle! 15%?


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Jan 31, 2014 22:29 as a reply to  @ l89kip's post |  #13

Luckily here in Alberta we only have 5% GST. No Provincial tax at all.

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Jan 31, 2014 22:51 |  #14

Expect to see phantom fees if delivered by UPS, Fedex or DHL. I have gotten charged by these couriers 25-35% extra upon receiving goods.


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Feb 01, 2014 16:44 |  #15

Man, it sounds like our Governor is from you'll part of the world. He loves taxes - taxes on taxes. Dam shiister.


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