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lcq, in my experience it's no better going south than it is coming north.
Brickburn, I think we've discussed this before on another thread. I've been charged GST (value added tax) on the trophy fees in the past. Once when there was a fictitious invoice for an elephant hunt in the crate, the officer refused to accept it. I had the real one, and gave it to her, and she said "that's more like it". She had a binder with trophy fees from all over in it. No point arguing. Pay the tax and get out. Count yourself lucky.
Clearing my last shipment - two months ago from Cameroon - where daily rates are very high but trophy fees are very reasonable - I was told - for the first time - that I had to provide an invoice for the entire hunt, and that the GST would be based on that amount. I, too, naively suggested that that was a service I had consumed in Cameroon, and was bringing nothing of it back to Canada. Discussion ensues, and eventually we go with the trophy fees, but I was told that where Customs considers trophy fees to be "unreasonably low" - whatever that means - they could and would charge the fees on the value of the hunt. I can only assume most hunters won't have a problem - in SA - largest single hunting country for hunters from NA - trophy fees are high and day rates are low (i'd say too low, but then I'd only be hurting myself). Shoot a sable and Customs will be thrilled to charge you GST on $9,000 or more. Shoot the same sable in Zim and you might pay $4,000 (but the hunt cost you $1,000/day, rather than the $450 or $550 you paid in SA).
Problem is twofold. First, they have your stuff, and it costs money to have it sit at the brokers. Secondly, fighting this would cost more money than just paying the tax. I assume they count on that.
One solution I've found is to have the taxidermy done in Africa. They've always charges the GST on the cost of the taxidermy rather than the trophy fee. Never had a discussion.
Not right, but I'm saving myself for fights where I have at least an even chance.
I think we have brought this testy subject up before to. (Must come up every time I am traumatized.)
Oh, this guy was going to charge tax on Trophy Fees AND Taxidermy costs AND likely anything else they could dream up.
If it were just the Taxidermy I'd accept it. Value added, fair enough. (Been there done that, just like you)
Your story reinforces the idea that they use intimidation to get people to conform. Threaten an unreasonable amount and you settle for a lower amount, even though it is not reasonable either, just to save your time and energy and expense.
Taxation by frustration. Maybe they learned from Insurance claims department policies.
Being creative, I have taken care of the hostage thing and my very reasonable taxes are paid in full.
The over zealous do not work every day. Thankfully. :satisfied:
I have been searching the CBSA Memorandum (NRC) data base to find the threatened policy. It is nowhere to be found.
I will be showing up to interview this expert and then climb the ladder and see if hunters can quit being extorted and start being treated fairly and equitably with a National policy.