I just got a letter from BC Ministry of Finance - they want me to pay PST on our used sailboat (which I licensed last year for free with Services Canada).
I thought licensing was for our benefit, so that the Coast Guard would have a tracking number and physical attributes of our boat in case we are lost
, or the boat is stolen but I see now its more about collecting taxes
. I've checked out a couple other forums
and see other people have the same complaint.
The boat was imported from the US in 1999 and we have no records of taxes
being paid or collected; the trucking company who brought it over the border no longer exists. We do have a record
of the purchase
itself; needless to say the boat was not expensive but the PST would still be a few hundred bucks.
Any advise on whether or not this bill can be beat?