Reporting and Remitting the Specific Tax on Alcoholic Beverages

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If you produce alcoholic beverages and sell them either for resale or directly to consumers, you must report and remit the specific tax on alcoholic beverages that you collected.


If you sell alcoholic beverages at retail (for example, in a restaurant or grocery store) or distribute alcoholic beverages other than beer and you collect an amount equal to the specific tax you paid your supplier, you do not have to file a return or remit the tax.

However, if the special tax you collected is greater than what you paid your supplier, you must file a return and remit the difference.

Reporting the tax

To report the tax, file the Return Respecting the Specific Tax on Alcoholic Beverages (VDZ-498-V). Your reporting period is the same as for the GST/HST – QST Return (FPZ-500-V) and/or the QST Return (VDZ-471-V).


If you are an alcoholic beverage producer or a beer distributor, you must file form VDZ-498-V at the same time as you file your QST return, even if you have no balance payable.

Remitting the tax

You can remit the tax:

Be sure to make your payment by the deadline to avoid late-filing penalties, penalties for failing to file or interest. (Click Remittance Schedules for the Specific Tax on Alcoholic Beverages for more information.)

Viewing returns and remittances

Log in to My Account for businesses to view your returns, remittances, refunds and statement of account.

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