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Taxed in Canada?

Postby Cookie » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:16 pm

Curious if anyone else has experienced this....

Last Night I bought an assorted pile of K-Cups from (they had assorted Timothys, GM, and Van H 18 packs on sale last night for 9.79 each) - so I bought 14 different varieties from what they had.

Amongst the batch was the Timothy's Kahlua and Green Mountain Hot Chocolate. The rest were all coffies and a couple of teas.

When I got the confirmation email from Sears... I noticed 3 dollars in HST/GST tax. I called Sears and they informed me that the Kahlua and the Hot Chocolate are considered "SNACKS" by the Govt. and therefore are taxable.... the coffee and tea was not... I argued but to no advail.

Anyone else been taxed on these elsewhere?
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Re: Taxed in Canada?

Postby jbviau » Sun Dec 12, 2010 3:49 pm

Bummer. Would non-k-cup hot chocolate be taxed too? That one I can almost understand, but the Timothy's Kahlua mostly contains coffee. It does seem arbitrary if flavoring alone makes coffee a "snack." And not even a *good* snack either... 8)
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Re: Taxed in Canada?

Postby GmanJenks » Sun Dec 12, 2010 9:45 pm

A lot of it would be a determination of your provincial government. The federal gov't views coffee as a tax and duty free grocery item. I don't think adding flavouring changes this at all. I would contact another Canadian and ask what they charge.
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Re: Taxed in Canada?

Postby asilberb » Fri Dec 17, 2010 1:20 am

I would dispute this. When a Sears employee at a store wanted to tax me on Kcups I asked to speak to the manager. The manager at Sears told the employee that if a food item needed preparation before it could be consumed the item is tax free. The manager said that since a Kcup requires adding water to it before it can be consumed all Kcups are tax fee.
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