Sales Tax Amendments Act, 2006
S.C. 2007, c. 18
Assented to 2007-06-22
An Act to amend the Excise Tax Act, the Excise Act, 2001 and the Air Travellers Security Charge Act and to make related amendments to other Acts
Part 1 of this enactment mainly implements proposed measures relating to the Goods and Services Tax and Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST). Part 2 contains measures relating to the Excise Act, 2001 and other Acts with respect to the taxation of tobacco, spirits and wine. Finally, Part 3 contains measures relating to the Air Travellers Security Charge.
The GST/HST measures, contained in Part 1 of this enactment, are principally aimed at improving the operation and fairness of the GST/HST in the affected areas and ensuring that the legislation accords with the policy intent. In some cases, adjustments have been made to the legislation as originally proposed in response to representations from the tax and business communities.
The principal GST/HST measures are as follows:
(1) Health: confirms the GST/HST exemption for speech-language pathology services; exempts health-related services rendered in the practise of the profession of social work; zero-rates sales and importations of a blood substitute known as plasma expander; restores the zero-rated status of a group of drugs, collectively known as Benzodiazepines; broadens the specially equipped vehicle GST/HST rebate so that this rebate applies to motor vehicles that have been used subsequent to being specially equipped for use by individuals with disabilities.
(2) Charities: ensures that the exemption of supplies by charities of real property under short-term leases and licences extends to any goods supplied together with such real property.
(3) Business Arrangements: provides transitional GST/HST relief on the initial asset transfer by a foreign bank that restructures its Canadian subsidiary into a Canadian branch; removes technical impediments that hinder the use of existing group relief provisions under the GST/HST; simplifies compliance by excluding beverage container deposits that are refundable to the consumer from the GST/HST base; permits an agent to claim a GST/HST deduction for bad debts, and to claim adjustments or refunds of tax, in respect of sales made on behalf of a principal where the agent collects and reports tax; extends the existing agent rules under the GST/HST legislation to persons acting only as billing agents for vendors; better accommodates special import arrangements between businesses in certain situations where goods are supplied outside Canada to a Canadian customer; ensures that GST/HST group relief rules cannot be used to exempt from GST/HST otherwise taxable clearing services that are provided by a group member to a closely related financial institution who will then re-supply those services on an exempt basis to a third-party purchaser outside the group; clarifies the treatment of the right to use certain types of amusement or entertainment devices, such as the playing of a game, when it is provided through the operation of a mechanical coin-operated device that can accept only a single coin of twenty-five cents or less as the total consideration for the supply; confirms the policy intent and Canada Revenue Agency’s existing practice that no GST/HST or provincial sales taxes on a passenger vehicle are included in calculating the maximum allowable value for input tax credit purposes.
(4) Governments: ensures that a small supplier division of a municipality is treated in the same manner as a municipality that is a small supplier; exempts a supply of a right to file or retrieve a document or information stored in an electronic official registry.
(5) HST-related Rules: as announced by the Government of Nova Scotia, limits the availability of the current Nova Scotia HST New Housing Rebate to first-time homebuyers and reduces the maximum rebate available to $1,500; includes in the Act the draft Specified Motor Vehicle (GST/HST) Regulations, which prescribe the value of a specified motor vehicle for the purposes of calculating the 8% provincial component of the HST in circumstances where the vehicle is brought into a participating province and prescribe the manner in which that tax is required to be paid.
(6) Administration: adds a discretionary power for the Minister of National Revenue to accept late-filed applications for the GST New Housing Rebate and the Nova Scotia HST New Housing Rebate for owner-built homes, where exceptional circumstances have prevented an applicant from meeting the normal filing deadline; adds a discretionary power for the Minister of National Revenue to accept late-filed elections between closely related financial institutions for adjustments that they are required to make for the provincial component of the HST; permits the Minister of National Revenue to exchange GST/HST information with foreign governments that are signatories to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters; adds a discretionary power under the Act for the Chief Statistician of Canada to provide statistical information concerning business activities to the provinces similar to an existing provision in the Income Tax Act.
The measures contained in Part 2 of this enactment amend the Excise Act, 2001 to implement minor refinements that will improve the operation of the Act and more accurately reflect current industry and administrative practices. They also implement related and consequential amendments to the Access to Information Act, the Customs Act, the Customs Tariff and the Excise Tax Act.
The principal measures related to the Excise Act, 2001 are as follows:
(1) Tobacco: extends the requirement to identify the origin of tobacco products to all products, including those for sale at duty-free shops or for export, consistent with the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control, an international treaty on tobacco control; clarifies that cigarettes, tobacco sticks, fine-cut tobacco or cigars, but not packaged raw leaf tobacco, may be supplied to the export market or the domestic duty-free market.
(2) Alcohol: authorizes private laboratories, provincial liquor boards and vintners to possess a still or similar equipment and produce spirits for the purpose of analysing substances containing ethyl alcohol without holding a spirits licence; defers the payment of duty by small vintners selling wine on consignment in retail stores operated by an association of vintners until the wine is sold.
(3) Administration: permits the Minister of National Revenue to exchange excise duty information with foreign governments that are signatories to the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters; adds a discretionary power under the Act for the Chief Statistician of Canada to provide statistical information concerning business activities to the provinces similar to an existing provision in the Income Tax Act.
The measures pertaining to the Air Travellers Security Charge (ATSC), contained in Part 3 of this enactment, include previously announced relief provisions, as well as technical changes to the Air Travellers Security Charge Act.
The principal measures related to the ATSC are as follows:
(1) Relief: relieves, in particular circumstances, the ATSC in respect of air travel sold by resellers or donated by air carriers.
(2) Administration: provides authority for the Governor in Council to add, delete or vary by regulation the schedule of listed airports.
Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Marginal note:Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the Sales Tax Amendments Act, 2006.
Marginal note:R.S., c. E-15
AMENDMENTS TO THE EXCISE TAX ACT
Amendments in Respect of the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax
Marginal note:1990, c. 45, s. 12(1)
“closely related group”
« groupe étroitement lié »
“closely related group” means a group of corporations, each member of which is a registrant resident in Canada and is closely related, within the meaning assigned by section 128, to each other member of the group, and for the purposes of this definition,
(a) a non-resident insurer that has a permanent establishment in Canada is deemed to be resident in Canada, and
(b) credit unions and members of a mutual insurance group are deemed to be registrants;
Marginal note:1990, c. 45, s. 12(1)
(2) The definition logement en copropriété in subsection 123(1) of the French version of the Act is replaced by the following:
« logement en copropriété »
“residential condominium unit”
logement en copropriété Immeuble d’habitation qui est, ou est destiné à être, un espace délimité dans un bâtiment et désigné ou décrit comme étant une unité distincte sur le plan ou la description enregistrés afférents, ou sur un plan ou une description analogues enregistrés en conformité avec les lois d’une province, ainsi que tous droits et intérêts fonciers afférents à la propriété de l’unité.
Marginal note:1997, c. 10, s. 150(6)
(3) Subparagraph (iii) of the description of A in paragraph (a) of the definition “basic tax content” in subsection 123(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:
(iii) the tax under section 165 that would have been payable by the person, in respect of the last acquisition of the property by the person or in respect of improvements to the property acquired by the person after the property was last acquired or imported by the person, in the absence of subsection 153(4), section 167, section 167.11 in the case of property acquired under an agreement for a qualifying supply (as defined in that section) that was not, immediately before that acquisition, capital property of the supplier or the fact that the property or improvements were acquired by the person for consumption, use or supply exclusively in commercial activities,
Marginal note:1997, c. 10, s. 150(6)
(4) Subparagraph (iv) of the description of J in paragraph (b) of the definition “basic tax content” in subsection 123(1) of the Act is replaced by the following:
(iv) the tax under section 165 that would have been payable by the person, in respect of improvements to the property acquired by the person after the property was brought into the participating province, in the absence of subsection 153(4), section 167, section 167.11 in the case of property acquired under an agreement for a qualifying supply (as defined in that section) that was not, immediately before that acquisition, capital property of the supplier or the fact that the improvements were acquired by the person for consumption, use or supply exclusively in commercial activities, or
Marginal note:1990, c. 45, s. 12(1)
(5) The portion of the definition “qualifying subsidiary” in subsection 123(1) of the Act before paragraph (b) is replaced by the following:
« filiale déterminée »
“qualifying subsidiary” of a particular corporation means another corporation not less than 90% of the value and number of the issued and outstanding shares of the capital stock of which, having full voting rights under all circumstances, are owned by the particular corporation, and includes
(a) a corporation that is a qualifying subsidiary of a qualifying subsidiary of the particular corporation,
(6) Subsection 123(1) of the Act is amended by adding the following in alphabetical order:
“listed international agreement”
« accord international désigné »
“listed international agreement” means the Convention on Mutual Administrative Assistance in Tax Matters, concluded at Strasbourg on January 25, 1988, as amended from time to time;
« surintendant »
“Superintendent” means the Superintendent of Financial Institutions appointed pursuant to the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions Act;
(7) Subsections (1) and (5) are deemed to have come into force on November 17, 2005.
(8) Subsection (2) is deemed to have come into force on January 1, 2000.
(9) Subsections (3) and (4) and the definition “Superintendant” in subsection 123(1) of the Act, as enacted by subsection (6), are deemed to have come into force on June 28, 1999.
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