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Hot Topics in Commodity Tax Law

April 27, 2015

The OBA Taxation Law Section and the CBA National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section have joined together for a discussion of the hottest topics in commodity tax law, impacting both commodity tax specialists and non-specialists alike.

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CBA E-News – March 2015

Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade articles:

Importers may benefit from reversal of CBSA policies

Jean-Guillaume Shooner and Alan Kenigsberg of Stikeman Elliott say changes to the Canada Border Services Agency’s position on the treatment of downward price adjustments in value for duty calculations could be of benefit for many importers.

Read Importers May Benefit

Requirement to file new and existing GST/HST closely related party elections

Allan Gelkopf and Zvi Halpern-Shavim of Blake, Cassels and Graydon examine recent amendments to the Excise Tax Act (Canada), which affects the date on which elections under Section 156 to be filed with the Canada Revenue Agency.

Read Requirement to File

GST/HST Questions for Revenue Canada Rulings

(with CBA membership number)

The GST/HST Questions and Answers are prepared once a year by CBA National Commodity, Tax, Customs & Trade Section/Canada Revenue Agency and is considered to be a service to CBA members. The comments are provided for your reference. As they may not completely address your particular operation, you may wish to refer to the Act or appropriate regulation, or contact any CRA GST/HST Rulings Centre for additional information.

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Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee

The most recent minutes of the Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee meetings are now available to CBA Members (Member login required).  November 24, 2013.

Read more about the Tax Court Bench and Bar Committee.

Recent Submissions

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CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine Business and Corporate Edition – February 2015

Recent issues of the Business and Corporate Bulletin - from CBA PracticeLink and National Magazine.




NOTICE: Section Members are requested to forward at any time to Norma Pugliese suggestions for agenda items to be considered by the Section Executive and their Committees at subsequent meetings with:

  • CBSA Customs;
  • CITT Bench and Bar Committee;
  • CRA Liaison;
  • Federal Courts Bench and Bar Committee;
  • Finance Liaison;
  • Tax Court Bench and Bar;
  • Department of Justice Annual Meeting



The Section released a May 2014 newsletter and is currently looking for articles for the next issue. If you would like to contribute to the next edition, please contact us at CBA Newsletters.

Past issues of  Sales Tax can be found on the Newsletter page.



This Section deals with law and practice related to commodity tax, customs and trade remedy matters including, but not limited to, the goods and services or harmonized sales tax, provincial sales taxes, excise taxes, North American Free Trade Agreement, customs duties, valuation, tariff classification, rules of origin, procurement, trade remedies, import/export controls and related matters. Activities include consultation with the Department of Finance (Canada), the Canada Revenue Agency, the Canada Border Services Agency, involvement in the Federal Court/Tax Court review process and Bench and Bar Committees with the Tax Court and Canadian International Trade Tribunal, as well as ongoing activities to promote the objects of the Association within this area of law.

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