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May 19, 2024

Service Areas

Commodity Taxation - Customs Duties, GST, PST

Through our close associates we can provide a range of services regarding customs duties, goods and services tax (GST), and provincial sales tax (PST). We can advise especially on the special requirements for duty exemption under the North American free trade agreement (NAFTA).

Sometimes in expanding a business, insufficient attention is paid to the international tax consequences of the structure. We can analyze an international business structure to determine whether it has been arranged in the most advantageous manner. Where applicable, we can assist in restructuring the corporate group. We can also assist with the detailed and meticulous compliance requirements that are necessary for Canadian tax-filing purposes. Finally, we can advise on favourable low-tax jurisdictions that can be used to minimize taxes in Canada and overseas.

At the same time, we analyze the tax position of the company's shareholders to determine whether an international structure could benefit them at the personal level.

With working experience in over 30 countries, we are experts in international tax treaty networks. These can be used to minimize taxes (especially withholding taxes) and to make a tax plan more resilient to challenge by tax authorities.