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New Quebec sales tax obligations for foreign online sellers

Until recently, U.S. businesses were not required to register for Quebec sales tax (QST) unless deemed to be “carrying on business” in Quebec. As part of its 2018-2019 budget, Quebec has enacted QST obligations for nonresident e-commerce sellers. Effective Jan. 1, 2019, certain nonresident foreign suppliers will be required to register for and collect QST.

The new rule stipulates that nonresidents of Canada have to charge QST on the supply of intangible property, also referred to as incorporeal property and services (e.g., patents, intellectual property, etc.). Tangible property and goods coming from outside Canada are excluded. Also exempt from the registration rules are small suppliers (if taxable supplies in Quebec are less than $30,000 in a rolling four-quarter period).

For more information on these new obligations, please visit the Baker Tilly Canada website.

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