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APBOT Brings Successful Resolution Preventing Disputed HST/GST Collection Efforts to the Canadian Chamber of Commerce AGM

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AJAX-PICKERING, November 8, 2018 – The Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade has spoken out on behalf of businesses disputing HST/GST tax assessments issued by the Canada Revenue Agency (“CRA”). During the September Canadian Chamber of Commerce (“CCC”) AGM in Thunder Bay, the Board of Trade submitted a resolution titled “Preventing Disputed HST Collection Efforts.” This week, the resolution received approval from the CCC’s executive committee.

“Businesses are regularly subject to substantial HST/GST assessments which they believe are wrong,” explained Christine Ashton, the 2018 APBOT President and a practicing tax litigator. “While these businesses are disputing the HST/GST assessment, the CRA can start collection efforts, including freezing bank accounts, seizing equipment, and placing a lien on commercial land. We are pleased the Canadian Chamber of Commerce, and its members from across Canada, agreed that unjust collection practices should end.”

Further to this resolution, the CCC tax advocacy will now include urging the Government of Canada to amend the Excise Tax Act to prevent collection efforts during the dispute process, with defined exceptions. Dozens of resolutions from other chambers were approved during the CCC AGM. These resolutions are focused on a variety of topics, from Canadian competitiveness, to transportation infrastructure improvements, to improved accessibility, and they help to shape the CCC’s advocacy on behalf of the Canadian business community.

The completed 2018 Policy Resolution Book will be available on the CCC website in the coming days.

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Established in 1955, the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade (APBOT) is the voice of business in Ajax and Pickering, ON. With more than 600 members, APBOT represents an array of business sectors and small to large organizations. APBOT is part of the nation-wide network of Chambers of Commerce and Boards of Trade, as well as the Joint Chambers of Durham. For more information regarding the Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade, visit:

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Samantha Paterson, Communications & Policy Specialist, Ajax-Pickering Board of Trade
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