On December 22, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) listing concerns with the new filing obligations under Section 156 of the Excise Tax Act raised by TEI members that would be best addressed in the new election form and its instructions. The letter was prepared under the aegis of TEI's Canadian Commodity Tax Committee, whose chair is Richard Taylor of Rogers Communications Inc. Contributing substantially to the development of TEI's comments was Chantal Grouix of SNC-Lavalin Group, Inc. Daniel B.
On September 19, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) and Canadian Department of Finance on proposed changes to the section 156 election for nil consideration. The election allows supplies between qualifying members of a closely related group to be made free of GST/HST.
On July 18, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the Canadian Revenue Agency and Canadian Department of Finance expressing appreciation for proposed changes to the GST/HST joint venture election. The new rules will expand the availability of the election to all joint ventures engaged in commercial activities where all participants of the joint venture are also engaged exclusively in commercial activities.
On December 7, 2012, TEI submitted a letter to the Canada Revenue Agency commending CRA for its efforts to modernize the GST/HST place of supply rules, and suggesting a number of clarifications to the CRA's draft Technical Information Bulletin that would make the document as useful, clear, and comprehensive as possible.
On June 27, 2012, TEI submitted a letter to the government of Prince Edward Island and Finance Canada in response to the announcement that the province had entered into formal negotiations with the Canadian government to replace its provincial sales tax with a harmonized sales tax. TEI's letter summarizes the Institute's general support for the HST and makes recommendations to enable the Province and taxpayers to achieve the benefits of reducing the complexity and costs of compliance with the new tax system.
On March 25, 2010, TEI filed a letter urging the Canada Department of Finance to permit sufficient time for companies to implement the new harmonized sales tax regime. TEI's letter follows amendments proposed by the Department of Finance on February 25, 2010. The amendment relates to the harmonized sales tax (HST), including place of supply, self-assessment and rebate, and the imported taxable supply rules relating to the provincial component of the HST in regulations under the Excise Tax Act.