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Tycho
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« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2006, 04:20:00 AM »

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I can't believe we get charged the GST for products payed for and shipped from outside of the country!

The rationale, FWIW, is this.  If I remember it right, in the pre-GST days, all manufactured products, even those from outside the country, would get hit at the wholesale level with a Manufacturer's Sales Tax (MST).  This would get passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. The idea behind the GST was to make the tax "visible".  Tax specialists say this is a good thing, because visible taxes are better than hidden taxes.  Why, since you're paying the same amount of money in the end?  Don't ask me, I'm not a tax specialist.

But the point is that since imported goods were charged the old MST, they should be charged GST to maintain a level playing field.  (Otherwise the imported good would have an advantage over homemade goods.)

That was the idea, anyway, more or less.
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« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2006, 11:02:26 AM »

I've always been under the impression that if you shipped or asked the shipper to send it as a "gift" on the customs declaration, that all taxes and even brokerage fees were waved??  Obviously, a dealer cannot ship as a gift but if it's a private sale between two individuals, I don't see where it could be questioned. 

I believe that the "gift" is tax free up to a value of $60 Cdn. and after that it is taxable. I know people that used to mail "gift" packages home to themselves when on vacation and as long as the value was $60 or less, it always went through ok. It was also sent through the post office as well so there was never any courier company grief.
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