If you carry on business activities in Québec's tobacco industry, you must meet certain fiscal obligations.
The obligations vary by activity.
|Obligation||Retail vendor (Retailer (This link will open a new window))||Collection officer (This link will open a new window)||Manufacturer (This link will open a new window)||Importer (This link will open a new window)||Storer (This link will open a new window)||Carrier (This link will open a new window)|
|Hold a registration certificate for the QST||Yes||No||No||No||No||No|
|Hold a permit||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Collect the tobacco tax||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Collect the tax on cigars||No||Yes||No||No||No||No|
|Report and remit the tobacco tax||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Keep a manifest||No||No||No||No||No||Yes|
|Identify tobacco products||No||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
Tobacco vendors have certain responsibilities.
- All collection officers are wholesale vendors (wholesalers), but not all wholesalers are collection officers.
- Penalties apply to persons that file their returns late, that fail to file a return or that fail to remit the tobacco tax to Revenu Québec by the deadline set in the remittance schedule.
- Penalties, fines and prison terms may also be imposed on persons that violate the Tobacco Tax Act.