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Old 05-05-2019, 10:55 PM   #1
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Ordering From Amazon Canada

I need to order a Houzer sink for ETI. I read the best way would be to order from Amazon Canada. After setting up an Amazon Canada acct, I got to the shopping cart and noticed these fees (EGST/HST, and PST/RST/QST). What's this? I backed out of order. Noticed the high rate too. Is there a better option to get sink to ETI?

Order Summary
Items (2): USD 250.41
Shipping & Handling: USD 6.07
FREE Shipping: -USD 6.07
Total before tax: USD 250.41
Estimated GST/HST: USD 12.53
Estimated PST/RST/QST: USD 17.53
Order Total: USD 280.47
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Items (2): CAD 323.71
Shipping & Handling: CAD 7.85
FREE Shipping: -CAD 7.85
Total before tax: CAD 323.71
Estimated GST/HST: CAD 16.19
Estimated PST/RST/QST: CAD 22.66
Order Total: CAD 362.56

1 CAD = 0.7735750239 USD
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Old 05-05-2019, 11:10 PM   #2
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Those are sales taxes. There are only actually two, federal and provincial, but Canada is a bilingual country, so everything has to be described twice.
I believe there is a form that you would fill in to have those taxes returned to you when the trailer is exported, as a US citizen. Best ask ETI.
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We ordered from wayfair.ca and paid about $25 CAD in tax on a $200 order. I didn't see any way to avoid the tax (or get a refund later). All the prices shipped to ETI from the US ended up much more expensive for us even after tax.
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Tax Refunds - Canada's International


https://www.canadainternational.gc.ca/...canada/tax_refund-remboursement_taxe.aspx...
Apr 8, 2011 - Tax Refunds. Visitors to Canada may qualify for a refund of some of the Goods and Services Tax/Harmonized Sales Tax (GST/HST) they have paid during their visit in Canada. Please visit the Canada Revenue Agency website for more information.


After visiting the site, I'd just pay the tax. Less painful than navigating a government web site.
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Glenn described the tax situation well, but here's a little more detail:
  • GST is the federal Goods and Services Tax
  • PST/RST/QST is the provincial sales tax, described by three different terms depending on which province is involved (RST is Retail Sales Tax in Manitoba, QST is Quebec Sales Tax, everyone else calls it Provincial Sales Tax)
  • In some provinces, the federal and provincial sales taxes are combined, so there is just the one item of HST (Harmonized Sales Tax).
Provincial sales tax is only charged for one province, generally the one where the purchaser is receiving the product, so shipments to ETI should be charged GST at 5% plus British Columbia PST at 7%, for a total of 12%, as Michael experienced.

Unlike what I have seen in the U.S., I have never seen county or city taxes on general retail purchases in Canada.
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