Indirect Tax

Canada operates within a complex indirect tax system. While some provinces have harmonization between federal and local indirect taxes, others operate with separate tax systems. This can be a challenge for domestic and foreign corporations operating in Canada.

Indirect taxes, also known as commodity taxes, are usually transaction based and include everything from the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST), the blended federal / provincial Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) to the provincial sales taxes (PST) levied by many provinces. They also include excise taxes levied on goods such as fuel, tobacco and alcohol.

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Indirect Corporate Tax Brochure

Indirect taxes can have significant impacts on your business. MNP will help you effectively meet all your filing obligations while getting the most out of the and to benefits to which you’re entitled.

Solutions for Your Success

We develop tax minimization strategies that effectively meet your filing obligations while identifying opportunities for claiming benefits to which you’re entitled, including:

  • Providing indirect tax planning for business start-ups and expansions (domestic or foreign)

  • Developing and reviewing systems and procedures

  • Training and compliance

  • Advice on indirect tax implications on a purchase or sale of a business, including due diligence reviews

  • Preparing Canada Revenue Agency ruling requests

  • Helping with audits and appeals, such as corresponding with tax authorities and preparing notices of objection

    Insights

    • Stack of brand new tractor tires

      July 30, 2021

      New tax incentive on equipment purchase provides immediate benefit

      Federal Budget 2021 provides an upfront tax incentive for Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPC) to undertake significant capital asset puchases. It does so by allowing for the immediate deduction of up to $1.5 million of certain depreciable property purchased from arm’s-length parties between April 19, 2021, and January 1, 2024.

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      July 09, 2021

      Budget 2021 Professionals Must be Mindful of the Proposed Immediate Expensing Rules

      Changes from the 2021 budget could have a significant impact on tax strategies for professionals.

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      June 23, 2021

      Tax Alert: Bill C-208 approved

      Bill C-208 allows the intergenerational transfer of certain family businesses to receive the same tax treatment as businesses sold to a third party. Find out how it could apply to you and your business.

    Contact our Indirect Tax Team

    Heather Weber

    Heather Weber CPA, CGA

    Indirect Tax Services Leader

    Heather Weber, CPA, CGA, is the leader of MNP’s Indirect Tax Group. Since 2001, Heather has specialized in assisting her clients with all their indirect taxation needs, including: GST, PST, Excise Taxes, Property Taxes and more. Working closely with her team, Heather serves business owners, Indigenous organizations, Hutterites and clients in the health care, winery, construction and public company sectors.

    Heather’s in-depth understanding of indirect tax issues helps her develop customized tax minimization strategies for her clients. She also helps organizations capture the compliance information they need to claim all the benefits they are entitled to. Heather also has extensive experience in real property and cross-border transactions.

    Through extensive dealings with both the federal and provincial governments as an auditor for the Canada Revenue Agency, Heather has the insight and experience her clients need when dealing with government authorities at the audit and appeal stage.

    Before earning her Certified General Accountant (CGA) designation in 1995, Heather received her Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University in 1991. She is also a member of both the Kelowna Tax Discussion Group and the Vancouver Commodity Tax Discussion Group.