CAN-AM LOGISTICS INC.


CAN-AM LOGISTICS INC.
v.
MINISTER OF NATIONAL REVENUE
Appeal No. AP-2012-016

Decision and reasons issued
Friday, February 22, 2013


TABLE OF CONTENTS


IN THE MATTER OF an appeal pursuant to section 81.19 of the Excise Tax Act, R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15;

AND IN THE MATTER OF a decision of the Minister of National Revenue, dated October 28, 2011, with respect to notices of objection served pursuant to section 81.17 of the Excise Tax Act;

AND IN THE MATTER OF the parties' written consent to a decision disposing of the appeal without an oral hearing pursuant to rule 45 of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Rules, S.O.R./91-499.

BETWEEN

CAN-AM LOGISTICS INC. Appellant

AND

THE MINISTER OF NATIONAL REVENUE Respondent

DECISION

The appeal is allowed. The Tribunal refers the matter back to the Minister of National Revenue for reassessment and reconsideration on the basis that Can-Am Logistics Inc. paid an amount of $40,454.23 of tax in respect of diesel fuel exported from Canada and is allowed to receive a payment equal to that amount pursuant to section 68.1 of the Excise Tax Act.

Stephen A. Leach
Stephen A. Leach
Presiding Member

Serge Fréchette
Serge Fréchette
Member

Jason W. Downey
Jason W. Downey
Member

Eric Wildhaber
Eric Wildhaber
Secretary

Tribunal Members: Stephen A. Leach, Presiding Member
Serge Fréchette, Member
Jason W. Downey, Member

Counsel for the Tribunal: Georges Bujold

Manager, Registrar Programs and Services: Michel Parent

Registrar Officer: Ekaterina Pavlova

PARTICIPANTS:

Appellant Counsel/Representative
Can-Am Logistics Inc. Mark E. Wallace
Respondent Counsel/Representative
Minister of National Revenue André LeBlanc

Please address all communications to:

The Secretary
Canadian International Trade Tribunal
333 Laurier Avenue West
15th Floor
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0G7

Telephone: 613-993-3595
Fax: 613-990-2439
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STATEMENT OF REASONS

BACKGROUND

1. This is an appeal pursuant to section 81.19 of the Excise Tax Act1from a decision of the Minister of National Revenue (the Minister), dated October 28, 2011, with respect to notices of objection served pursuant to section 81.17.

2. This decision dismissed applications made by Can-Am Logistics Inc. (Can-Am) for refunds of excise tax paid on diesel fuel purchased in Canada but exported to the United States between January 2001 and March 2002. The Minister dismissed the applications because the information provided by Can-Am did not meet the documentary requirements of the Act.

3. The issue in this appeal is whether Can-Am is entitled to a refund of excise tax paid in respect of goods that have been exported from Canada pursuant to subsection 68.1(1) of the Act.

ANALYSIS

4. Subsection 68.1(1) of the Act allows a person to apply, within a specified time frame, for a refund of excise tax paid in respect of goods that have been exported from Canada. It provides as follows:

68.1(1) Where tax under this Act has been paid in respect of any goods and a person has, in accordance with regulations made by the Minister, exported the goods from Canada, an amount equal to the amount of that tax shall, subject to this Part, be paid to that person if that person applies therefor within two years after the export of the goods.

68.1(1) Lorsque la taxe prévue par la présente loi a été payée sur des marchandises qu'une personne a exportées du Canada en conformité avec les règlements pris par le ministre, un montant égal à cette taxe est, sous réserve des autres dispositions de la présente partie, payé à la personne si elle en fait la demande dans les deux ans suivant l'exportation des marchandises.

5. Pursuant to subsection 68.1(3), a refund of excise tax is, in principle, not available in respect of diesel fuel transported out of the country in the fuel tank of a vehicle. Subsection 68.1(3) provides as follows:

68.1(3) For greater certainty, no amount is payable to a person under subsection (1) in respect of tax paid on gasoline or diesel fuel transported out of Canada in the fuel tank of the vehicle that is used for that transportation.

68.1(3) Il est entendu qu'aucun montant n'est à payer à une personne aux termes du paragraphe (1) au titre de la taxe payée sur l'essence ou le combustible diesel qui est transporté en dehors du Canada dans le réservoir à combustible du véhicule qui sert à ce transport.

6. However, subsection 68.1(3) of the Act only applies in respect of applications for refund received by the Minister after February 17, 2003.2

7. Therefore, in summary, an application for a refund of excise tax paid in respect of exported diesel fuel must be made within two years after the export of the goods. In the case of diesel fuel transported out of Canada in the fuel tank of a vehicle used for that transportation, the application must also have been made on or before February 17, 2003.

8. On December 13, 2012, the parties filed with the Tribunal a written consent to a decision disposing of the appeal. On December 17, 2012, and January 2, 2013, with the consent of the Canada Border Services Agency, counsel for Can-Am requested that the Tribunal dispose of the appeal without an oral hearing pursuant to rule 45(a) of the Canadian International Trade Tribunal Rules (the Rules)3 in accordance with the previously filed written consent to a decision.

9. In accordance with the consent filed by the parties and its powers under rule 45 of the Rules, the Tribunal hereby disposes of the appeal without an oral hearing.

DECISION

10. The appeal is allowed and the matter is referred back to the Minister for reassessment and reconsideration on the basis that Can-Am paid an amount of $40,454.23 of tax in respect of diesel fuel exported from Canada and is allowed to receive a payment equal to that amount pursuant to section 68.1 of the Excise Tax Act, as detailed below:

Period Notice of Determination Amount in Dispute Amount Allowed Amount Denied
January 2001 to March 2001 20050304SOR101 $1,443.48 $1,443.48 0
April 2001 to June 2001 20050304SOR104 $7,874.68 $7,874.68 0
July 2001 to December 2001 20050304SOR102 $19,985.15 $19,985.15 0
January 2002 to March 2002 20050304SOR103 $11,150.92 $11,150.92 0
Total   $40,454.23 $40,454.23 0

1 . R.S.C. 1985, c. E-15 [Act].

2 . See subsection 63(2) of the Budget Implementation Act, 2003, S.C. 2003, c. 15.

3 . S.O.R./91-499.

Case Number(s)

AP-2012-016

Attachment(s)

ap2m016_e.pdf (86.78 KB)

Status

Publication Date

Monday, March 11, 2013

Modification Date

Thursday, April 4, 2013