Specialized GST/HST course: Cross-border transactions

Boost your knowledge about the technical aspects of GST/HST and learn practical solutions to handle complex cross-border transactions with our specialized course.

Event Details

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Online On-Demand Event

Dive into the complex GST/HST areas of non-residents and cross-border transactions with our nationally recognized faculty. Enhance your knowledge of technical GST/HST legislation and learn how to implement valuable strategies while gaining incredible insights into practical solutions that have been successfully applied to real client situations.

This online course is a must for any practitioner or professional in industry who deals with cross-border activities.

This course material reflects legislative changes as of May 12, 2016.

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Additional options and pricing may be available. See pricing and registration for more details.

Members $765; Non-members $895

12  CPD hour(s)
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You will learn about:

  • GST and HST in overview
  • GST/HST and non-residents’ requirement to register
  • avoiding or recovering taxes for non-residents who are not registered, including drop shipment rules
  • registration, reporting and compliance obligations for registered non-residents
  • ecommerce issues
  • continuous transmission commodities issues
  • imported financial services issues

Who should attend?

This specialized GST/HST course is intended for alumni of the In-Depth GST/HST Course and other experienced professionals, including:

  • accounting professionals, lawyers and others who advise clients on GST/HST matters
  • CFOs, controllers, treasurers and other financial executives and managers directly responsible for GST/HST compliance or oversight within their organization — big or small
  • government personnel in CRA, department of finance and other areas who are responsible for GST/HST matters

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Session Descriptions

Module 1: Overview of GST/HST
This introductory module provides a general overview of the Canadian GST/HST system. It is designed to ensure you are familiar with the fundamentals of the system, its structure and operation.

Module 2: GST/HST and non-residents: Registration and reporting
In this module, we focus on whether and under what circumstances a non-resident of Canada is required to be registered for GST/HST purposes. Particular attention will be focused on what constitutes a "permanent establishment" for GST/HST purposes and its implications (both for persons who are not resident in Canada and those who are), and the concept of "carrying on business in Canada," its meaning, and the circumstances under which a non-resident may be viewed as "carrying on business in Canada" and practical steps that can be taken to avoid "carrying on business in Canada" and having to register for GST/HST purposes.

Module 3A: Non-residents not registered for GST/HST: Avoiding or recovering the tax
If a non-resident of Canada is not registered for GST/HST purposes, they will want to ensure that either (a) they will not have to pay GST/HSTor (b) if they do, they will be able to recover the GST/HST paid. In this module, we focus on the GST/HST place of supply rules, the zero-rated supply provisions with respect to exports, and the non-taxable importation rules with a view to providing you with a firm grounding in how to structure transactions to avoid paying GST/HST. The module then turns to the flow-through input tax credit rules and the GST/HST rebate provisions to provide an understanding as to how a non-resident who is not registered for GST/HST purposes can recover GST/HST that cannot be avoided.

Module 3B: GST/HST drop shipment rules
In this module, we focus in detail on the GST/HST drop shipment rules and how they operate to permit non-residents who are not registered for GST/HST purposes to purchase from GST/HST registered suppliers and deliver products and services to customers in Canada and yet avoid paying GST/HST or having to register for GST/HST purposes.

Module 4: GST/HST registered non-residents: Registration, reporting and compliance obligations
In this module, you will review the general compliance obligations for non-residents required to register for the GST/HST. The discussion will include the non-resident security requirements, collection of GST/HST, and reporting and filing requirements. We will also review section 178.8 and the de facto importer rule and election and its implications for non-residents.

Module 5: Sector specific issues: E-commerce, continuous transmission commodities and imported financial services
This module will familiarize you with special sector-specific GST/HST issues. We will focus on electronic commerce, continuous transmission commodities (oil, gas, electricity and other commodities delivered by pipeline, wire, or conduit), the obligation for financial institutions and financing entities to self-assess on imported financial services and other expenses.


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