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Sales & Commodity Taxes

Whether yours is a large or small company, McCarthy Tétrault’s Tax Group can help you minimize what you pay or have already paid in sales and commodity taxes.

We have an unparalleled record of success in winning fair tax treatment for our clients. Over the past 20 years, we have been far ahead of our competitors in recoveries of sales and commodity taxes paid to the authorities. Whether you need tax-planning advice, a negotiated settlement with tax authorities or resort to the courts, we have the experience and expertise in this complex field to save you money.

Our expertise includes:

  • Goods and Services Tax;
  • Harmonized Sales Tax
  • Québec Sales Tax;
  • provincial retail sales taxes;
  • fuel and gasoline taxes;
  • excise taxes on fuel and liquor;
  • duties on beer, spirits and tobacco; and
  • other non-income taxes.

Our Tax Group gives you the specialization of a boutique, backed by the depth and resources of a large firm with offices across Canada. We negotiate on your behalf with the relevant federal or provincial authorities to assure that your sales and commodity tax liabilities are the lowest possible. We take every means to avoid costly and protracted litigation, but when necessary, we work with our top-tier tax litigators to defend your interests in court.

Contesting tax liabilities is only half of what we do for clients. We also advise on planning tax-efficient transactions. We can help you minimize the sales tax incurred in acquiring assets or property. If your company operates in more than one province, we can advise you on how to deal with sales and commodity taxes in each jurisdiction.

Our team includes some of Canada’s foremost sales and commodity tax experts, recognized by their peers for their outstanding contributions to commodity taxation.