Many pension entities must file GST/HST and QST final returns soon.
Pension entities that qualify as selected listed financial institutions (SLFIs) are required to file SLFI GST/HST and QST final returns by June 30, 2018. In addition, pension entities should remember that June 30 is also the last day to file pension entity rebate applications for certain past claim periods. Over the last few years, the tax authorities have intensified their audit activities for SLFI GST/HST and QST final returns and pension entity rebate applications, so pension entities of registered pension plans should take care to ensure that they apply all the correct rules to help minimize errors in their returns and rebate applications.
This year, pension entities and managers of pension entities should carefully review the GST/HST rules related to master trusts to determine if these rules may affect their SLFI GST/HST and QST final returns or their pension entity rebates.
Pension entities of registered pension plans that qualify as SLFIs for GST/HST purposes are required each year to file a SLFI GST/HST final return. This complicated return requires pension entities to report specific information and data. In general, a pension entity may qualify as a SLFI if it has members resident in a HST-participating province as well as members resident in any other province. Certain exceptions may apply. Also, many pension entities are eligible to claim a rebate which is essentially equal to 33% of the GST/HST paid by the entity or deemed paid by the entity under the GST/HST rules. Qualifying pension entities may also be entitled to claim a rebate for part of the GST/HST paid by master trusts within their pension plan structure. For GST/HST purposes, a master trust includes a trust prescribed as a master trust and a corporation that is exempt from tax under specific measures under the Income Tax Act.
Similar rules apply for QST purposes.
SLFI pension entities - Don't miss deadline for GST/HST and QST final returns
SLFI pension entities with a December 31 year-end must file a SLFI GST/HST final return, or a SLFI GST/HST and QST return, by June 30, 2018 depending on their facts and circumstances. This year, these SLFI pension entities may have to include amounts in their calculations with regards to rebates related to tax paid by their master trusts.
For more information on SLFI GST/HST and QST returns, see Canadian Tax Adviser "FI - Get a Head Start on GST/HST Returns" (April 10, 2018).
Pension entities - Claim GST/HST and QST rebate by deadline
Under the GST/HST pension plan rules, qualifying pension entities of registered pension plans may be eligible to claim a 33% rebate for the GST/HST that they have paid to suppliers and employers, as well as the GST/HST they are deemed to have paid under those rules. Since 2016, qualifying pension entities may also be eligible to claim a portion of the GST/HST paid by master trusts if they hold units of those trusts. A qualifying pension entity may file only one rebate application for any particular claim period.
The claim period differs depending on whether the pension entity is registered for GST/HST or not registered. If the pension entity is registered, its claim period is its GST/HST reporting period. The entity must claim its pension entity rebate for a particular claim period within two years of the day it must file its GST/HST return for the claim period. For example, a SLFI pension entity with a December 31 year-end that is registered for GST/HST with annual filing reporting period that has not claimed any pension entity rebates in the past has until June 30, 2018 to file a rebate application for the claim period January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015.
If the pension entity is not registered for GST/HST, the entity has two claim periods per year: the first six months of its fiscal year and the last six months. In this case, the entity must file its rebate application within two years of the last day of the claim period. For example, a pension entity with a December 31 year-end not registered for GST/HST purposes that has not filed any previous pension entity rebates, has until June 30, 2018 to file a rebate application for the claim period of January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016.
The calculations of the pension entity rebate also differ based on whether the pension entity is a SLFI or a non-SLFI and whether the pension entity rebate is transferred to a qualifying employer. In the case of a SLFI pension entity, the 33% pension entity rebate will generally apply to the GST and the federal component of the HST paid, or deemed paid, by the pension entity. In that case, the SLFI pension entity will generally be entitled to claim an adjustment relating to the provincial component of the HST in its SLFI GST/HST final return, unless the pension entity has transferred the rebate to a qualifying employer. Such an adjustment is subject to various rules, including when it may be claimed. If the entity is not a SLFI, the 33% pension entity rebate applies generally to the GST and the HST paid or deemed paid by the entity.
For 2017 rebate claim applications, pension entities should review whether they are eligible to claim a GST/HST pension entity rebate on part of the GST/HST paid in 2017 by the master trust within their structures. Various conditions and rules apply.
Similar pension plan rules apply for QST purposes.
For more information, contact your KPMG adviser.
Information is current to June 12, 2018. The information contained in this publication is of a general nature and is not intended to address the circumstances of any particular individual or entity. Although we endeavour to provide accurate and timely information, there can be no guarantee that such information is accurate as of the date it is received or that it will continue to be accurate in the future. No one should act upon such information without appropriate professional advice after a thorough examination of the particular situation. For more information, contact KPMG's National Tax Centre at 416.777.8500