Financial Service

See Also

FP Newspapers Inc. v. The Queen, 2013 TCC 44 (Informal Procedure)

The registrant, which was the corporate successor to an income fund, acquired, as essentially its only asset, a 49% limited partnership interest...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 141 - Subsection 141(3) 177
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 272.1 - Subsection 272.1(2) s. 272.1 did not apply to limited partner 260

Global Cash Access (Canada) Inc. v. The Queen, 2012 TCC 173, rev'd in part 2013 FCA 269

The appellant ("Global") enabled casino patrons to use their credit cards to receive cash advances or, more precisely, to purchase cheques from...

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Aim Funds Management Inc. v. Aim Trimark Corporate Class Inc., [2009] O.J. No. 4798, [2009] GSTC 170, 64 DLR (4th) 261, 2009 CanLII 29491 (Ont. Sup. Ct. J.)

The Minister assessed the applicant, a mutual fund manager, on the basis that a payment to it by mutual funds of deferred sale charges received by...

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Tax Topics - General Concepts - Rectification & Rescission 157

The Canadian Medical Protective Association v. The Queen, 2008 TCC 33, [2008] GSTC 88, aff'd supra

Before noting at para. 54, that it was conceded by the Crown that the appellant's principal activity was not the investing of funds (its principal...

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General Motors of Canada Limited v. The Queen, [2008] GSTC 41, 2008 TCC 117, aff'd [2009] GSTC 64, 2009 FCA 114

The Appellant (a car manufacturer) was the administrator of various defined benefit pension plans for its employees. It directed the trustee of...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Recipient employer was recipient of portfolio advisory fees for employees' pension fund 78
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 169 - Subsection 169(1) recipient acquires the services 209

Canada Trustco Mortgage Company v. The Queen, 2004 TCC 792

The appellant ("CTM") sold mortgage loans made by it to arm's length securitization trusts and serviced the sold mortgages including collecting...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply sale of mortgages on fully-serviced basis 139
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 138 sale of mortgages on fully-serviced basis with deferred purchase price labelling 243

State Farm Mutual Auto Insurance Co. v. The Queen, [2003] GSTC 35

After finding that the U.S. head office of the appellant (an auto insurer) did not render or supply services to the Canadian regional office,...

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Words and Phrases
underwriting
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 138 84
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 220 charges to Canadian branch of an allocated portion of head office expenses were not for services rendered 72

Ingle Manor Farms Inc. v. The Queen, docket 2001-862-GST-I (TCC) (Informal Procedure)

A fee received by the taxpayer for agreeing not to bid for the assets of an insolvent corporation did not represent consideration for a financial...

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Drug Trading Company Ltd. v. The Queen, [2001] GSTC 48 (TCC) (Informal Procedure)

The registrant was a wholesaler of products to independent retail pharmacies operating under the "I.D.A." name, and also provided franchisor-like...

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Skylink Voyages Inc. v. The Queen, [1999] GSTC 119 (TCC)

The registrant served retail travel agencies by booking and purchasing airline tickets for the agencies' customers, which resulted in the receipt...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply cancellation charges were consideration for a supply 188
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk "slight" risk in accepting credit card slips rendered a person at risk 336
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Agency 205

C.I. Mutual Funds Inc. v. Canada, [1997] GSTC 84 (TCC), aff'd [1999] GSTC 12 (FCA)

The managment fees received by mutual fund managers, which also were the trustees of the mutual fund trusts which they managed, were taxable even...

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On-Guard Self-Storage Ltd. v. The Queen, [1996] GSTC 9 (TCC)

The taxpayer provided storage lockers pursuant to rental contracts that provided for a monthly rental fee with a "prompt payment discount" for...

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Locator of Missing Heirs Inc. v. The Queen, [1995] GSTC 63 (TCC)

The appellant who carried on a business of finding missing heirs to property in estates of deceased persons was found not to be doing any of the...

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Commissioner of Inland Revenue v. Databank Systems Ltd., [1990] BTC 5108 (PC)

The respondent provided five clearing banks with computer-related services which essentially replaced many of the clerical operations of the banks...

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Customs and Excise Commissioners v. Diners Club Ltd., [1989] BTC 5084, [1989] 2 All E.R. 385 (C.A.)

The taxpayer argued that the credit card charges owing to it by cardholders arose as a result of an assignment of debts or other rights to it by...

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Administrative Policy

5 June 2012 Interpretation Case No. 127795

An independent sales organization (ISO) enters into agreements with merchants under which the merchants acquire point-of-sale terminals of a...

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5 June 2012 Interpretation Case No. 81635

An "Investor" purchases point-of-sale terminals from the Supplier, who also supplies systems and services to connect the terminals , which will be...

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17 May 2012 Interpretation File 97556

The Supplier, which purchases point-of-sale terminals from CanCo and sells them to merchants, also markets processing services to the merchants,...

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9 January 2012 Ruling 9 January 2012 Ruling Case Number 112274

Prior to a sale of equipment by the vendor to a customer, Company A "as part of its wide range of financing services" processes the customer's...

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31 October 2011 Interpretation Case No. 132880

This is the previously interpretation respecting the fee arrangement dealt with in 132880-2, two Rulings above. CRA stated:

The Dealer's Fee paid...

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5 January 2012 Ruling Case No. 98811 [broker charge for securing health plan employer]

A commission charged by a broker to the administrator of a private health services plan in consideration for bringing the administrator and...

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10 November 2011 Case No. 125071

Given that mortgage brokers often receive a higher rate of commission from a particular lender if they generate higher volumes of loans, many...

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6 September 2011 Ruling 6 September 2011 Ruling Case No. 77006

A non-resident company (Service Provider) provides services to FinanceCo consisting of on-going processing services respecting FinanceCo's credit...

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29 July 2011 Headquarters Letter 95868

A credit card loyalty program is proposed in which participating organizations (Organizations C) assist in the marketing of credit cards of a...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) card loyalty program credits 112

29 July 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 82567

Pursuant to related agreements between ABC Corporation, Lenders, the Vendors or products, Dealers for the Vendors and the Customers of the...

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19 July 2011 Headquarters Letter 127619

The registrant enters into marketing agreements with various merchants to promote their businesses by selling vouchers on its website on their...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 181.2 272

19 July 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 111922

Corporation X administers insurance policies for large health plan providers (Providers) and independent employers (Employers) including employee...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) insurance policy administration 77

19 July 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 125864

In connection with a credit card program launched by a bank, it agrees with an insurer that it will use commercially reasonable efforts to arrange...

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15 June 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 108590

Corporation A agrees to promote a credit card to be issued by a bank by soliciting prospects to open up accounts with the bank pursuant to a...

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GST/HST Notice 250, "Proposed Changes to the Definition of Financial Service", June 2010.

26 July 2007 Ruling 26 July 2007 Ruling 63048

Seller and Investor

The Seller (a registrant which is resident in Canada) sells mortgages (the "Mortgage Loans"), which have already been fully...

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December 2006 GST/HST Info Sheet GI-006 "ABM Services"

Includes various examples, including:

Example 4

where an ISO (a person who markets ABM services) contracts with a merchant to be the card acceptor...

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5 April 2004 Ruling Case No. 50019

The quarterly fees received in arrears (based on the market value of the investment portfolio) by an investment manager with full discretion as to...

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17 December 2003 Ruling Case No. 45758

As the role of Agent B was to provide administrative services to Agent A to enable Agent A to fulfill its responsibilities for arranging for the...

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17 December 2003 Ruling Case No. 40640

A corporation was characterized as providing a technology platform, which permitted the electronic collection of mortgage loan application and...

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2 December 2003 Memorandum Case No. 41678

The exclusion in paragraph (q) applied to the sale of mortgages on a fully-serviced basis to a trust, based on a review of its activities set in...

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19 November 2002 Interpretation RITS 42355

An independent third party that, for a commission, engaged in the collection of overdue loans and accounts receivable due to a bank was not...

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P-239 "Meaning of the Term 'Arranging For' as Provided in the Definition of 'Financial Service'" 30 January 2002. 31 March 2000 HQ Letter 25522

A commitment fee payable in connection with a merger transaction entailing share and note consideration represented consideration for a financial...

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GST/HST Memorandum 17.1.1 Products and Services of Investment Dealers October 2001

Listing of Exempt Products and Services

E-1

Buying and Selling of Debt Security

Buys and sells debt securities on the secondary market as a...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (b) inactivity fee to brokerage client is exempt 36

Draft Policy Statement on the Meaning of the Term 'Arranging for', 18 January 2000, No. 11595-2

"The intermediary should be fully and directly involved in the process of the provision of the financial service by the supplier and will...

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21 December 1999 Headquarters Letter 8177/HQR0001783

Fees paid were characterized as being primarily consideration for marketing and promotional services notwithstanding that there were incidental...

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21 December 1999 Ruling File 11595-2 No. HQR0001783/8177

A service of securing additional merchants to accept the credit card services provided by a financial institution was characterized as relating...

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27 October 1999 HQ Letter HQR0001895

Where a supplier had agreed to actively solicit for and negotiate with potential buyers of the assets of a company or its shares, and a share sale...

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25 August 1998 Ruling RITS HQR0001269 [trailer fees]

Trailer fees were exempt.

3 September 1997 Ruling HQR0000579

"Revenue Canada takes the position that the service of 'arranging for' the supply of a financial service ... generally refers to the activities...

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P-210 "Performance Bond Claims" dated 7 February 1997. P-192 "Supply of Precious Metals" P-119 "Trailer Commission Servicing Fees"

Trailer commissions paid by fund managers to investment dealers are exempt under paragraph (l) of the definition.

GST M 300-4-7 "Financial Services" GST M 700-2 "Definition of 'Financial Instrument'" B-032 "Registered Pension Plans and Registered Retirement Savings Plans"

B-033 "GST Treatment of Products and Services of a Deposit-Taking Financial Institution"

Articles

Sabrina Wong, Sania Ilahi, "Tax Implications of Asset Securitizations", 2015 CTF Annual Conference Report

Quiescence of CRA post-Canada Trustco (p. 12:21)

No significant assessments have come to light in connection with the treatment of the servicing...

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Cases

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Canada, 2021 FCA 10

CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized the Visa payment system, for which it paid fees to VISA. It was acknowledged that such charges...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) VISA provided a GST/HST-exempt financial service to CIBC 421
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (t) VISA provided core payment processing services that CIBC could not replicate that were more than merely administrative 284

See Also

River Cree Resort Limited Partnership v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 45

For reporting periods of the Appellant commencing after May 2014 (the “Subsequent Periods”), it was found that it had agreed with owner of...

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Wiltonpark Ltd & Ors v Revenue & Customs Commissioners, [2016] EWCA Civ 1294

The self-employed lap dancers at the appellants’ clubs often would accept vouchers from customers, who had run out of cash, in exchange for...

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HMRC v National Exhibition Centre Ltd., [2016] BVC 19, Case C-130/15 (ECJ (8th Chamber))

NEC sold tickets on behalf of third parties to various trade, sporting and concert events held by them at the National Exhibition Centre. Where...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply additional “booking” charges by a service provider to those paying by credit card were not consideration for a separate supply 409

Paragraph (b)

Administrative Policy

GST/HST Memorandum 17.1.1 Products and Services of Investment Dealers October 2001

Item E-14 indicates that a fee charged for continuing to maintain the client account with the investment dealer firm notwithstanding that there...

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ING Intermediate Holdings Ltd v HMRC, [2017] EWCA Civ 2111

Although accepting (per BLP) that a mere borrowing by a company is not a supply by it, Arden LJ confirmed the finding below that the services...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply services provided in deposit-taking business were more than peripheral so that supplies were made 290
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) interest paid by bank to depositors was reduced by implied fees earned as consideration going to the bank 143
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Substance court only goes behind the contract if the contract does not reflect the true agreement 187

Administrative Policy

Excise and GST/HST News - No. 108 September 2020

Forgivable loans under CECRA program

Under the CECRA program, CMHC will provide an unsecured forgivable loan to an eligible commercial property...

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Cases

Bank of Montreal v. Canada (Attorney General), 2020 FC 1014, aff'd 2021 FCA 189

Before going on to find that the Minister’s decision to reject (under s. 141.02(20)) the registrant’s request for approval of a particular...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 141.01 - Subsection 141.01(5) flexibility in choice of ITC allocation method for non-FIs 116
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Schedules - Schedule VI - Part IX - Section 1 interest expense of Canadian bank on foreign borrowings was a proxy for zero-rated supplies by it 62
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 141.02 - Subsection 141.02(18) Minister's rejection of bank's proposed methodology based on perceived distortions, was reasonable 478

Administrative Policy

25 March 2021 CBA Commodity Taxes Roundtable, Q.4

Is the supply of “virtual payment instruments” (“VPI”), such as Bitcoin, to Canadian resident recipients an exempt supply, and does the...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Schedules - Schedule VI - Part IX - Section 1 - Paragraph 1(e) supplies of crypto not zero-rated if not acquired by supplier directly from the crypto “issuer” 138

3 September 2019 GST/HST Interpretation 173195 - […][Mutual Fund Units]

A group of private unit investment trusts (the Funds) are registered as an SLFI Group for GST/HST and QST purposes and having in every province,...

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Words and Phrases
transfer of ownership
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) unit trust redemption fee would generally be exempted from GST/HST if it was payable by the redeeming unitholder to the trust rather than the fund manager 202
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (q) para. (q) inapplicable to any subscription or redemption fees payable by redeeming unitholders to fund manager given that they were borne by them rather than Funds 237

24 January 2018 Ruling 156434

An automobile dealer (the “Dealer”) has entered into various sales contracts with customers, such as conditional sales contracts, credit...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Debt Security conditional sales contracts and credit agreements were debt securities 198

19 May 2017 Interpretation 178323

The assets of a provincial limited partnership (LP1) consisted only of an interest in a real estate development partnership (LP2). Respecting a...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 240 - Subsection 240(1) no backdating of registration of pure holding LP 80

21 December 2016 Ruling 157873

An automobile dealer (the “Dealer”) enters into contracts with customers, which could be conditional sales contracts, instalment sales...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply assignment fee was part of consideration for assignment 69

17 December 2015 Interpretation 153009

A corporation, which is not engaged exclusively in commercial activities, issues shares and pays dividends to its shareholders, who are both...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Schedules - Schedule VI - Part IX - Section 1 potential zero-rating re share issuances and dividends 86
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply required shareholder communications not a supply 169
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (f) dividend a financial supply to recipient 81

18 October 2013, TMX Notice to Participating Organizations and Members, 2013-036

During 2011, TMX submitted tax ruling requests to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) on behalf of all three marketplaces asking that CRA confirm that...

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28 January 2008 GST/HST Ruling 84428

Rulings that sales of mortgages on a fully-serviced basis were single supplies of financial services, so that the consideration received including...

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8 February 2005 Interpretation Case No. 52141

Respecting the issuance of stock options to an independent contractor as additional compensation for services rendered, CRA indicated that the...

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Tax Topics - Income Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) - Paragraph 153(1)(a) stock options valued based on in-the-money value 112
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Fair Market Value - Options in-the-money stock option valuation 41

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See Also

Solar Power Network Inc. v. ClearFlow Energy Finance Corp., 2018 ONCA 727

A typical loan made by the lender (ClearFlow) to the borrower bore base interest rate of 12% p.a. compounded monthly, an administration fee that...

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Words and Phrases
fee interest
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Tax Topics - Income Tax Act - Section 20 - Subsection 20(1) - Paragraph 20(1)(c) daily discount fee had the 3 attributes of interest 381

Stock ‘94 Szolgáltató Zrt. v Regional Customs and Finance Directorate-General for Southern Transdanubia of the National Tax and Customs Office, Hungary, Case C-208/15, [2016] BVC 45 (European Court of Justice (5th Chamber))

Stock ‘94 was a company which acted as an “integrator,” i.e., it assisted Hungarian farmers (“integrated producers”) by making a loan to...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply interest on loan to fund taxable supply was part of taxable consideration 143

Administrative Policy

4 November 2021 GST/HST Ruling 196473a - Supply of dental care services

ETA Sched. V, Pt. II, s. 5 exempts health care services “rendered” by a medical practitioner such as a licensed dentist to an individual. CRA...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Schedules - Schedule V - Part II - Section 5 dividends received by a dentist as the only return for his services were exempted 152

27 February 2020 CBA Roundtable, Q.16

Are payments of partnership income to retired partners (i.e., a person who is no longer a partner at the payment time), including payments to...

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17 September 2018 Ruling 182403

The facts are stated to be those in 15 December 2016 Interpretation 167342. A corporation is the sole holder of Class B Units of a limited...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 272.1 - Subsection 272.1(1) partnership draws exempted under (f) of financial service 64

8 March 2018 CBA Commodity Taxes Roundtable, Q.7

CRA indicated that it “is presently considering its position regarding the GST/HST treatment of Bitcoin and similar crypto-currencies.” It...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Money CRA reviewing whether crypto-currencies are "money" 390

17 December 2015 Interpretation 153009

A corporation, which is not engaged exclusively in commercial activities, issues shares and pays dividends to its shareholders, who are both...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Schedules - Schedule VI - Part IX - Section 1 potential zero-rating re share issuances and dividends 86
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply required shareholder communications not a supply 169
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (d) share issuance a financial supply to shareholder 164

21 January 2010 GST/HST Ruling 111598 - Whether a Financial Instrument

An entity is engaged in the purchase and sale of carbon offsets and enters into a purchase contract with Seller. Is the Offset considered a...

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Words and Phrases
commodity

Paragraph (f.1)

Cases

Great-West Life Assurance Company v. Canada, 2016 FCA 316

A third party (Emergis) provided automated claims processing services to Great-West Life, which administered or insured various client drug plans,...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) predominant character of insurance claim processing was administrative 250
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply characterization of single supply based on predominant elements 203

See Also

Great-West Life Assurance Company v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 225

The appellant ("Great-West") provided prescription drug plans to the employees of various employers. The claims were processed by a third party...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) electronic drug plan adjudication and processing was "quintessentially administrative in nature" 279
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services described in (r.4) did not represent the essential character of drug claim processing service 269
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) essential character of drug claim processing service was providing payment to the claimant 186
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Payment & Receipt constructive receipt by relieving obligation to pay pharmacist 236

Administrative Policy

10 January 2018 Interpretation 139614

Employers sponsor group medical and dental plans for the benefit of their employees, which qualify as a private health services plans (PHSPs), as...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 175 - Subsection 175(1) s. 175 not available to employer who through a PHSP reimburses personal health care costs of employee 262

Paragraph (g)

Cases

Global Cash Access (Canada) Inc. v. Canada, 2013 FCA 269

The appellant ("Global") enabled casino patrons to use their credit cards to purchase payment instruments similar to cheques (the "cheques") from...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Consideration "consideration" under law of contract 123
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply three elements integrally connected 240
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) "consideration" under law of contract 123
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) predominant element not described in (r.4) or (r.5) 183

See Also

Vega International Car Transport and Logistic — Trading GmbH v. Dyrektor Izby Skarbowej w Warszawie, ECLI:EU:C:2019:412 (European Court of Justice, 8th Chamber)

The business of the subsidiaries of Vega International included the transport of commercial vehicles from the manufacturer to customer....

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Words and Phrases
granting of credit credit

Administrative Policy

29 January 2015 Ruling 93176 [commitment fee paid to loan assignor exempt]

159222 is similar

In a Term Sheet, the lender, ACo, agrees to make a secured loan to the borrower, BCo. The Term Sheet provide for the payment by...

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Paragraph (i)

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Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 109, rev'd 2021 FCA 10

The CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized a credit card payment system operated and managed by Visa Canada. Visa Canada essentially acted as...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply single supply of payment platform 162
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) Visa arranged for payments between cardholder bank, merchant’s bank and merchant 268
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Asset Management Service services provided by Visa to bank were not an asset management service 239
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) no (r.3) service as Visa did not assist in credit authorization 191
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services provided by Visa that were listed in (r.4) were not the predominant elements 199
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) limited use of Visa logo did not engage (r.5) 146
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) Visa service to CIBC was an administrative service 186
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(3) - Paragraph 4(3)(c) activities of Visa were too passive to be of a "broker" 235
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk not a "person at risk" if risk is very remote 419

Paragraph (j)

Administrative Policy

26 January 2021 GST/HST Interpretation 197697 - Application of GST/HST to services related to insurance

The Company, which is not provincially licensed as an adjusting firm, provides services to assist insured policyholders where they are disputing...

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Administrative Policy

20 December 2018 Ruling 189221

The Company provides the Insurer with a report indicating the replacement value of the damaged, lost or stolen property. The Company inspects...

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Paragraph (l)

Cases

SLFI Group v. Canada, 2019 FCA 217

A non-resident bank ("Citibank") agreed to fund the payment of the upfront brokerage commissions that were payable on the issuance of units in the...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (q) dominant element in supply by funder of broker commissions was a financing service rather than a management service 514
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 261 - Subsection 261(2) - Paragraph 262(2)(b) denial includes where the CRA assessment of the tax was of another person 428
Tax Topics - Statutory Interpretation - Interpretation Act - Section 8.1 tax characterization not affected by securities law characterization 87

Canada v. Costco Wholesale Canada Ltd., 2012 FCA 160

The appellant ("Costco") entered into a conventional "Merchant Agreement" with the Amex Bank of Canada ("Amex") pursuant to which it agreed to pay...

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consideration
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) payments by credit card company to store were not merely discounts to its fees 184

Canada v. Canadian Medical Protective Association, 2009 FCA 115, [2009] G.S.T.C. 65

Discretionary investment management services provided by investment managers to a not-for-profit corporation that provided professional liability...

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arranging for

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Zomaron Inc. v. The Queen, 2020 TCC 35

CRA viewed the taxpayer (Zomaron) as essentially a marketing arm of two “Processors” (e.g., “Elavon”) that accessed the credit card issuer...

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Words and Phrases
arranging for
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) a service of inducing merchants to use credit card processing services was an exempt financial service 553

Applewood Holdings Inc. v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 231

A car dealer entered into a “Dealer Agreement” with a distributor of credit insurance products under which it was agreed that it would “up...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) promotional and administrative services of car dealer were ancillary to the customers' insurance purchases 370

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 109, rev'd 2021 FCA 10

The CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized a credit card payment system operated and managed by Visa Canada. Visa Canada essentially acted as...

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arranging for
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply single supply of payment platform 162
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (i) Visa provided services to CIBC that related to an agreement for which credit card vouchers were issued 216
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Asset Management Service services provided by Visa to bank were not an asset management service 239
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) no (r.3) service as Visa did not assist in credit authorization 191
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services provided by Visa that were listed in (r.4) were not the predominant elements 199
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) limited use of Visa logo did not engage (r.5) 146
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) Visa service to CIBC was an administrative service 186
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(3) - Paragraph 4(3)(c) activities of Visa were too passive to be of a "broker" 235
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk not a "person at risk" if risk is very remote 419

Barr v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 86

The appellant, who was the sole shareholder of a water distribution company (“Garibaldi”) retained the services of two companies (the...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) broker services in “promoting” the sale of a company to prospective purchasers would have come within (r.4) 216

Mac's Convenience Stores Inc. v. The Queen, 2012 TCC 393

The registrant agreed with a bank (CIBC) that automatic banking services would be provided through ABM machines in the registrant's stores. ...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 185 - Subsection 185(1) impulse purchases generated by ABM machine customers represented sufficient link 154

Global Cash Access (Canada) Inc. v. The Queen, 2012 TCC 173, rev'd in part 2013 FCA 269

The appellant ("Global") enabled casino patrons to use their credit cards to receive cash advances or, more precisely, to purchase cheques from...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service 377
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 138 taxable element insufficiently minor 262

President's Choice Bank v. The Queen, 2009 TCC 170

The registrant ("PC Bank"), a subsidiary of Loblaws, had agreed with a bank (CIBC) for CIBC to provide retail banking services under Loblaws'...

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Royal Bank of Canada v. The Queen, [2007] GSTC 122, 2007 TCC 281

The registrant had an arrangement with Canadian Airlines International Ltd. ("CAIL") under which the registrant's credit card customers would...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply taxable supply of frequent flyer points 207
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 181 - Subsection 181(1) - Coupon frequent flyer points could be coupons 114
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 181.2 frequent flyer points not gift certificates 121
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 278 - Subsection 278(2) s. 278(2) precluded direct collection on assessment of recipient until supplier released from remittance obligation under CCAA 330
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 296 - Subsection 296(1) - Paragraph 296(1)(b) no double taxation in s. 296(1)(b) assessment of purchaser because supplier had been released from its remittance obligation under CCAA plan 262

Les Promotions D.N.D. Inc. v. The Queen, 2006 TCC 63

The appellant (“DND”), promoted credit cards for certain banks and large retailers by distributing application forms to applicants although it...

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Administrative Policy

13 January 2022 GST/HST Interpretation 187184 - Application of GST/HST to mutual fund trailing commissions in the mutual fund industry

In finding that up-front commissions together with trailing commissions (or only trailing commissions) received by a mutual fund dealer from a...

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28 October 2021 GST/HST Interpretation 217144 - Trailing Commissions in the Mutual Fund Industry

Mutual fund trusts are managed by managers who are usually also their trustees. Managers remove amounts from the trusts, on a periodic basis,...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (q) para. (q) deems all services supplied by manager to MFT or MFC to be taxable 129

17 August 2021 GST/HST Interpretation 207227 - Tax status of supplies made to a payment processor

The Contractor has agreed with the Company (which is a member of a payments network) to market the Company’s services to prospective merchants...

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Excise and GST/HST News - No. 110, 8 December 2021

Incidental sellers of insurance

After indicating that it uses the term “incidental seller” to refer to “a person who assists the insurer in...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 211.12 - Subsection 211.12(2) CRA will only provide transitional administrative relief where there is voluntary disclosure 213
Tax Topics - Other Legislation/Constitution - Federal - Indian Act - Section 87 relief where there is an on-reserve purchase with a non-Indian co-owner 180

15 June 2021 GST/HST Ruling 196187 - INTERPRATATION - Application of the GST/HST to supplies made by an Independent Sales Organization

Pursuant to an agreement with the acquirer (“Agreement 2”), the Taxpayer (an Independent Sales Organization (ISO)) represents the acquirer...

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Excise and GST/HST News - No. 109, June 28, 2021

Zomaron was a registered independent sales organization (ISO) for the purposes of the Visa network and a member service provider (MSP) for the...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 211.12 - Subsection 211.12(2) CRA will use “discretion” in its first 12 months of administering the new e-commerce rules 91
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Public Service Body Rebate (GST/HST) Regulations - Section 3 - Subsection 3(1) - Paragraph 3(1)(a) CEWS not included in total revenue or in government assistance 236

24 January 2020 GST/HST Ruling 194625 - Services Provided to an Introducing Broker by a Carrying Broker

An Agreement between a carrying broker and the introducing broker provides that the carrying broker shall trade securities for the introducing...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk indemnity from introducing broker suggested that carrying broker was not a person at risk 322

3 September 2019 GST/HST Interpretation 173195 - […][Mutual Fund Units]

The Master Trust Agreements between the manager of various private unit investment trusts and such Funds’ trustee stipulated that redemption...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (d) unit trust redemption fee could be consideration for the “transfer of ownership” of units to the trust 452
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (q) para. (q) inapplicable to any subscription or redemption fees payable by redeeming unitholders to fund manager given that they were borne by them rather than Funds 237

2 May 2019 GST/HST Ruling 150998 - Fees charged in relation to project loans

A lender retained another company in acting as its agent in doing due diligence on the borrower, with whom it had signed a credit agreement but...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) non-refundable fee paid by borrower to lender’s agent to perform due diligence and take the financing project through to closing were taxable preparatory services 237
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) predominant nature of fees paid to loan agent was for loan management 159

Excise and GST/HST News - No. 102 July 2017

Predominant element of ABM supply by downstream merchant is real estate licence or other taxable supply

…Shared cash dispensing allows a person...

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Excise and GST/HST News - No. 106 June 2019

Applewood Holdings concerned a car dealer (Applewood), who entered into a dealer agreement with “Walkaway” to sell group creditor insurance...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) car dealer's selling and processing credit insurance is exempted 202

23 March 2017 CBA Commodity Taxes Roundtable, Q.12

The November issue of the Excise and GST/HST News indicated that car dealers and travel agents are not viewed as “arranging for” a financial...

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16 December 2016 Interpretation 169841

The newly-incorporated Agency will enter into an agreement with a Canadian insurance company pursuant to which the Agency will perform activities...

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Excise and GST/HST News, No. 100, November 2016

General taxability of franchise fee paid by mortgage broker franchisee

... When a mortgage broker provides an “arranging for” service under...

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4 February 2014 Interpretation 106288

The non-resident Service Provider agreed to provide advice and assistance in finding a purchaser for the Company's financial services operation,...

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20 July 2012 Ruling 20 July 2012 Ruling Case No.137528 [taxable rebate fees from credit card issuer received by retailer]

The Company is offering a credit card program to its customers as part of its overall services and a bank issues co-branded credit cards to the...

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29 June 2012 Interpretation Case No. 104941

After indicating that commissions paid by a mutual fund manager to a representative who sold mutual funds likely would qualify as being exempt as...

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17 May 2012 Ruling 62492

An "Acquirer" is a connection service provider (i.e., it provides connection to the Interac network for the purpose of processing Interac direct...

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4 June 2012 Interpretation Case No. 131194

The fees earned by a loan broker from car dealers

would generally be considered predominantly administration services of obtaining credit...

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15 March 2012 Ruling 132880-2

Dealers, who arrange for the initial sale of shares in an Investment Fund which is managed by an Investment Manager, receive a service fee (the...

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14 July 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 132388

A mortgage broker (acting through independent agents who are members of the Canadian Association of Accredited Mortgage Professionals, who receive...

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17 May 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 129875

an insurer has an arrangement with a managing general agent ("MGA") to promote and effect sales of its insurance policies, and the MGA has an...

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27 May 2011 Headquarters Letter Case No. 129882

A mortgage broker qualified borrowers (including assessing the impact of their credit reports), obtained commitments from mortgage lenders and...

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19 May 2011 Interpretation Case No. 131970

X Co. provide lenders (through two internet portals) with an electronic loan application system for the processing and approval of credit...

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GST/HST Technical Information Bulletin B-105 February 2011 "Changes to the Definition of Financial Service"

Meaning of "arranging for"

In its preliminary discussion of para. (l), CRA stated:

The term “arranging for” is generally intended to include...

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Words and Phrases
arranging for

Paragraph (q)

Cases

SLFI Group v. Canada, 2019 FCA 217

The appellant mutual funds (the “Funds”) gave investors subscribing for their units the “deferred sales charge,” or “DSC” option of...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) dominant element in MFT commission funding arrangement was the payment, or the arranging of payment, of the funding 187
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 261 - Subsection 261(2) - Paragraph 262(2)(b) denial includes where the CRA assessment of the tax was of another person 428
Tax Topics - Statutory Interpretation - Interpretation Act - Section 8.1 tax characterization not affected by securities law characterization 87

See Also

SLFI Group - Invesco Canada Ltd. v. The Queen, 2017 TCC 78, rev'd in part 2019 FCA 217

The appellant “Funds” were mutual funds (mostly, and treated in this summary as being entirely, mutual fund trusts) that gave investors...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 217 - Imported Taxable Supply - Paragraph (a) non-resident vehicle provided taxable imported supply in funding MFT brokerage commissions 281
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply dominant element of service provided by financing SPV was financing 180

The Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology Pension Plan v. The Queen, 2003 GTC 899-62, 2003 TCC 618

After noting that "the measure of the 'principal activity' must be the importance of the activity to the achievement of the organization's goals...

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principal activity

Administrative Policy

28 October 2021 GST/HST Interpretation 217144 - Trailing Commissions in the Mutual Fund Industry

A mutual fund trust or corporation would ordinarily meet the definition of an investment plan as defined in subsection 149(5). Paragraph (q) also...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) trailer fees are exempted except in exceptional circumstances 472

3 September 2019 GST/HST Interpretation 173195 - […][Mutual Fund Units]

The Master Trust Agreements between the manager of various private unit investment trusts and such Funds’ trustee stipulated that redemption...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (d) unit trust redemption fee could be consideration for the “transfer of ownership” of units to the trust 452
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) unit trust redemption fee would generally be exempted from GST/HST if it was payable by the redeeming unitholder to the trust rather than the fund manager 202

CBAO National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section – 2014 GST/HST Questions for Revenue Canada, Q. 14

Corporation A, which provides management services to a partnership whose principal business is the investing of funds, also charges the...

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CBAO National Commodity Tax, Customs and Trade Section – 2013 GST/HST Questions for Revenue Canada, Q. 9 ("Financial Services and Exclusion in Paragraph (q)")

Where a mutual fund salesperson provides its services to an investment plan rather than to the dealer, does para. (q) apply? CRA stated:

[U]nlike...

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Paragraph (r.3)

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President's Choice Bank v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 84

A supplier (“TSYS”), and a predecessor supplier (“FDR”) to a credit card company (“PC Bank”), that earned most of its revenues from...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 181 - Subsection 181(5) a credit card company incurred the obligation to redeem loyalty points in the course of its exempt credit card business 328
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (t) automated credit and fraud monitoring services were likely excluded under para. (t) 189

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 109, rev'd 2021 FCA 10

The CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized a credit card payment system operated and managed by Visa Canada. Visa Canada essentially acted as...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply single supply of payment platform 162
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) Visa arranged for payments between cardholder bank, merchant’s bank and merchant 268
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (i) Visa provided services to CIBC that related to an agreement for which credit card vouchers were issued 216
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Asset Management Service services provided by Visa to bank were not an asset management service 239
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services provided by Visa that were listed in (r.4) were not the predominant elements 199
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) limited use of Visa logo did not engage (r.5) 146
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) Visa service to CIBC was an administrative service 186
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(3) - Paragraph 4(3)(c) activities of Visa were too passive to be of a "broker" 235
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk not a "person at risk" if risk is very remote 419

Administrative Policy

2 May 2019 GST/HST Ruling 150998 - Fees charged in relation to project loans

Lender A appointed the Company to act as both its Loan Agent and Security Agent. In finding that two fees payable by Lender A to the Company (the...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) non-refundable fee paid by borrower to lender’s agent to perform due diligence and take the financing project through to closing were taxable preparatory services 237
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) fee paid for taking a financing from signing through to closing is taxable 180

Paragraph (r.4)

Cases

Global Cash Access (Canada) Inc. v. Canada, 2013 FCA 269

Global Cash Access, which arranged for cash advances from credit card issuers to the patrons of casinos, paid a fee to the casino, which provided...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Consideration "consideration" under law of contract 123
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (g) commercial efficacy of arrangement involving kiosk and support services turned on the advance of money 428
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply three elements integrally connected 240
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 153 - Subsection 153(1) "consideration" under law of contract 123

See Also

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 83

A subsidiary ("PC Bank") of Loblaw ("LCL") had agreed with CIBC for CIBC to provide retail banking services under LCL's President's Choice...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) the predominant element supplied by PC Bank to CIBC was a right to access Loblaw customers, engaging the (r.5) financial services exclusion 312

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 26

After President's Choice Bank (the “2009 Decision”) determined that services supplied by a subsidiary of Loblaw (“PC Bank”) to CIBC were...

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Tax Topics - General Concepts - Res Judicata issue estoppel will rarely apply respecting transactions carried out in different taxation years 536

Zomaron Inc. v. The Queen, 2020 TCC 35

The appellant (“Zomaron”) negotiated with and obtained from prospective merchants a commitment to use the card payment processing services of...

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Words and Phrases
arranging for
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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) finding and signing-up merchants to use the services of a credit card payment processor was an arranging-for service 288

Applewood Holdings Inc. v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 231

The appellant (Applewood), which operated a car dealership. entered into an agreement (the “Dealer Agreement”) with a distributor (Walkaway)...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) a car dealer who promoted and processed credit insurance to its customers was “arranging for” insurance 244

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 109, rev'd 2021 FCA 10

The CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized a credit card payment system operated and managed by Visa Canada. Visa Canada essentially acted as...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply single supply of payment platform 162
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) Visa arranged for payments between cardholder bank, merchant’s bank and merchant 268
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (i) Visa provided services to CIBC that related to an agreement for which credit card vouchers were issued 216
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Asset Management Service services provided by Visa to bank were not an asset management service 239
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) no (r.3) service as Visa did not assist in credit authorization 191
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) limited use of Visa logo did not engage (r.5) 146
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) Visa service to CIBC was an administrative service 186
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(3) - Paragraph 4(3)(c) activities of Visa were too passive to be of a "broker" 235
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk not a "person at risk" if risk is very remote 419

Barr v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 86

The sole individual shareholder retained two brokers for the sale of his company or its assets. Pizzitelli J first found that the commissions...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) broker fees paid to locate purchasers of a private company were HST-taxable 430

Rojas v. The Queen, 2016 TCC 177 (Informal Procedure)

The appellant, who was a licensed mortgage broker, acted as an agent for a mortgage brokerage firm in obtaining mortgages for its customers, with...

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Great-West Life Assurance Company v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 225

A third party (Emergis) provided automated claims processing services to the appellant (Great-West Life), which administered or insured various...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) electronic drug plan adjudication and processing was "quintessentially administrative in nature" 279
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (f.1) essential character of drug claim processing service was providing payment to the claimant 306
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.5) essential character of drug claim processing service was providing payment to the claimant 186
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Payment & Receipt constructive receipt by relieving obligation to pay pharmacist 236

Administrative Policy

2 May 2019 GST/HST Ruling 150998 - Fees charged in relation to project loans

Lender A agreed to provide Loan A to Borrower A pursuant to Credit Agreement A, and appointed the Company to act as both its Loan Agent and...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) predominant nature of fees paid to loan agent was for loan management 159
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) fee paid for taking a financing from signing through to closing is taxable 180

6 May 2019 GST/HST Interpretation 194986 - – […][Services of a Managing General Agent]

A managing general agent (“MGA”) provides services to an insurer consisting of the recruitment, training, advising and monitoring of...

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Excise and GST/HST News - No. 106 June 2019

The car dealer in Applewood entered into a “Dealer Agreement” with a distributor of credit insurance products under which it was agreed that...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) CRA accepts Applewood (re para. (l) exemption for car dealers who sell, explain and process credit insurance provided to their customers) 235

Paragraph (r.5)

See Also

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 83

A subsidiary ("PC Bank") of Loblaw Companies Limited (“LCL”), had agreed with a bank (CIBC) for CIBC to provide retail banking services under...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) marketing and promotional services, if regarded separately, were excluded under (r.4) 284

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. The Queen, 2018 TCC 109, rev'd 2021 FCA 10

The CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized a credit card payment system operated and managed by Visa Canada. Before finding that the supply by...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Supply single supply of payment platform 162
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (l) Visa arranged for payments between cardholder bank, merchant’s bank and merchant 268
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (i) Visa provided services to CIBC that related to an agreement for which credit card vouchers were issued 216
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Asset Management Service services provided by Visa to bank were not an asset management service 239
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) no (r.3) service as Visa did not assist in credit authorization 191
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services provided by Visa that were listed in (r.4) were not the predominant elements 199
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) Visa service to CIBC was an administrative service 186
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(3) - Paragraph 4(3)(c) activities of Visa were too passive to be of a "broker" 235
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(1) - Person at Risk not a "person at risk" if risk is very remote 419

Great-West Life Assurance Company v. The Queen, 2015 TCC 225

A third party (Emergis) provided automated claims processing services to the appellant (Great-West Life), which administered or insured various...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) electronic drug plan adjudication and processing was "quintessentially administrative in nature" 279
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (f.1) essential character of drug claim processing service was providing payment to the claimant 306
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.4) services described in (r.4) did not represent the essential character of drug claim processing service 269
Tax Topics - General Concepts - Payment & Receipt constructive receipt by relieving obligation to pay pharmacist 236

Paragraph (t)

Cases

Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce v. Canada, 2021 FCA 10

CIBC issued Visa credit cards and utilized the Visa payment system, for which it paid fees to VISA. It was acknowledged that such charges...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Regulations - Financial Services (GST/HST) Regulations - Subsection 4(2) - Paragraph 4(2)(b) VISA provided a GST/HST-exempt financial service to CIBC 421
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (a) VISA supplied a payment service to CIBC 109

See Also

President's Choice Bank v. The Queen, 2022 TCC 84

Hogan J characterized supplies made to PC Bank by a supplier and its successor as follows (at para. 145):

The main service offered by FDR/TSYS was...

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Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 181 - Subsection 181(5) a credit card company incurred the obligation to redeem loyalty points in the course of its exempt credit card business 328
Tax Topics - Excise Tax Act - Section 123 - Subsection 123(1) - Financial Service - Paragraph (r.3) automated credit and fraud processing services provided to credit card company were excluded under para, (r.3) 263

Administrative Policy

Excise and GST/HST News, No. 100, November 2016

Claims administration for insurer

... Generally, a claims administration service provided to an insurer is a taxable supply.

For example, ......

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