Quebec should take better care of the online trade and the collection of taxes

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Several OECD countries have already imposed measures to force the giants to collect taxes on online transactions.

Despite the dramatic growth of online commerce, which has put forward yesterday in its traditional Cyberlundi, there is no final assessment and precise sums of money which are beyond the tax department. But the expert Marwah Rizqy, which campaigns for the collection of taxes by the giant aliens, says that Quebec has missed “several opportunities” to legislate on the subject.


Several OECD countries have already imposed measures to force the giants to collect taxes on the transactions, and the companies comply without a problem all the rules imposed on them, said, professor of taxation at the University of Sherbrooke.


“The solution is simple, but it takes political will,” she said in an interview. “The gap is widening between Quebec companies and foreign companies, I could even call it american, because for the Cyberlundi, 50 % of sales are through Amazon. “


Quebec would lose every year approximately 270 million due to the non-collection of sales tax on goods and services online, suggested in the action plan in terms of tax fairness, published a few weeks ago. Over the years, several other estimates have been advanced.


While the Committee of review of the québec taxation estimated that 165 million of the tax losses related to transactions carried out by Quebec out of Canada, another number, 300 million, had already been advanced by Revenu Québec. “It seems to us not unreasonable to say that some 200 million could be lost each year in taxes on online sales,” wrote in August, the Quebec Institute, recalling the “lack of consensus” about this.


According to Ms. Rizqy, who has contributed two years ago to the work of the Commission on taxation — led by his colleague, Luc Godbout, the government of Quebec had not been able to provide figures at this time. “We asked them. They were in the inability to encrypt anything. My question at the time, it was “is this inability comes from the fact that the figure would be too large, and therefore shameful ?””


Among the countries that have implemented measures to raise sales taxes are those of the european Union, Japan, South Korea, Norway and Switzerland.


A tax quebec on Netflix alone could represent tax revenues of 12 million, has written Ms. Rizqy this summer. And it is not only necessary to think of the consumption, she said, but in component services : accounting, architectural, interim accommodation, such as Airbnb, etc




In addition, Québec solidaire (QS) has again highlighted on Monday his bill to impose fees and taxes on-line merchants to protect local businesses.


In a shop of board games in the rue Saint-Denis in Montreal, the mna for QS, Amir Khadir, has recalled that the bill, deposited it about three weeks, aims to ensure that the giants based abroad to pay taxes and the Quebec sales tax as all other businesses.


It is not just that they have that advantage that others do not, said Martin Cassel, the co-owner of the boutique, the Jack of Hearts. The fact of not paying income taxes and sales taxes, and allows them obviously to offer their products at a better price. Unfair competition, according to the member of parliament for Mercier.

270 million

This is the amount that Québec would lose each year due to the non-collection of sales tax on goods and services online.

The draft law of the training policy that would ensure that an online merchant with $ 30,000 of sales in Quebec would be deemed to have an establishment and would, therefore, be required to pay taxes. In addition, the credit card companies — with which online purchases are made — would be regarded as agents of the sellers and required to collect sales tax.


The government Couillard presented two weeks ago a “plan of action” on tax fairness — which also extended to the tax havens, but the opposition has criticized some aspects saying it did not go far enough in relation to the taxation of electronic commerce.

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