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Old 04-09-2007, 08:13   #1
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I have 2 questions about Canadian Tax (in BC)

1. If i imported a boat from the US into Canada and paid the GST and PST, can i get it back if i sell it to a US buyer who take the boat back to the US?

2. I am looking to buy a boat go cruising for 6-10 years but would like to refit the boat in BC, does this mean i will have to pay GST and PST although I am leaving BC once the refit is done (looking at 1-1/2 year project)

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Old 04-09-2007, 08:23   #2
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2. No, if the boat is bought outside of Canada and registered as a Canadian vessel it can be brought in for refitting and repairs without tax but cannot be sailed. As to the length of the stay I do not know. In any event you should check with Customs and BC Sales Tax first.
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Old 04-09-2007, 11:02   #3
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Here is a link, explore the web site, including the "comments" section. Although the author is talking about a boat and trailor, pretty much everything will apply to you.

Also if you are buying a boat, to keep the price down, remember to purchase an American or Canadian boat, as these products are "duty free."

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