Auditor General Report: Taxation of E-Commerce

The Auditor General of Canada released the 2019 Spring Reports earlier this week, including a report on Taxation of E-Commerce. According to the report, the Canadian sales tax system did not keep pace with the rapidly evolving digital marketplace, with estimated losses of $169 million in sales tax revenues on foreign digital products and services.


The report recommends that the Canada Revenue Agency expand its compliance activities and leverage third-party data in order to better detect and deter non-compliance for GST/HST in e-commerce. The recommendation explicitly states that accommodation sharing should be included in this exercise.

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2019 Spring Reports of the Auditor General of Canada to the Parliament of Canada on the Taxation of E-Commerce

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