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Alberta taxes, is it okay to send something to alberta?

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Sep 11, 2007
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toronto

Alberta taxes, is it okay to send something to alberta?

Hi,

I have a product that i want to buy from USA and ship it to me in Ontario. however tax is too much for the product,
my brother is in Alberta and if he receives it i can save up to $1000.

I just want to know if its a legal option to do so and he forwards it to me in Ontario,
or is it illegal? little confused..

please let me know
thank you
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Nov 9, 2005
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Better to have him order it and pay him back.
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Feb 2, 2005
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In Alberta you will still possibly get hit for gst and duties + brokerage. In effect you are only saving Ontario PST. Shipping from AB to ON will also need to be considered if needed.
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Feb 28, 2004
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Curios what expensive item OP is buying online from US, one tax alone is $1k....
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Technically, I think it would be considered illegal by the CRA to avoid taxes that are legally due. Practically, I suspect you wouldn't get caught.

C
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That's like a $15000 product.
I'd seriously be interested in seeing if a courier would even insure a product for $15000 and if they lose it if they'll actually pay out.
Do you not have anything else to do rather than argue with strangers on the internet
Nope. That's why I'm on the internet arguing with strangers. If I had anything better to do I'd probably be doing it.
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I used to ask my friend who live in BC bought me an iPad and sent it to me
But OP seems like buying a very expensive item...hmmm

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