In listening to the Prime Ministerís budget debate, it is noted with interest that the GST (general sales tax) as applied on fuel will be replaced by a revised/new custom duty (in lieu of the 12.5% GST), effective April, 1, 2011.
While this may result in a somewhat lower cost of fuel for some business owners, for others it may result in a higher cost of doing business for Business Owners via being unable to claim and offset the GST paid . Specifically, this is because for those qualifying business (prior to the implementation of the new import duty) they were able to claim the GST paid on fuel as an input credit against the GST collected (out put). For those businesses with a high fuel use, this may negatively impact business operations and cash flow via the elimination of the GST input tax credit on fuel.
To the best of my knowledge the new/revised custom duty will be not be recoverable.
Wilfred Rhaburn, CPA