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IT Solution: Consumption Tax Exemption for First Nations

The IT solution used to apply the consumption tax exemption for First Nations must let users send us transaction data regarding fuel and alcoholic beverage sales made in a service station or a retail outlet situated on a reserve or in a First Nations settlement in Québec to someone who holds an attestation d'inscription (registration card) under the Program for Administering the Consumption Tax Exemption for First Nations.

The solution works with:

  • an IT solution developed by a product developer;
  • our systems.

IT solution

The product you develop must include the following:

  • a point-of-sale terminal (PST);
  • a point-of-sale server (PSS).

Point-of-sale terminal (PST)

The PST is a piece of equipment used to apply the consumption tax exemption for First Nations (fuel tax and tax on alcoholic beverages) at service stations and retail outlets situated on a reserve or in a First Nations settlement in Québec. It must be able to:

  • check eligibility for the consumption tax exemption through the PSS;
  • collect registration card and sales information;
  • produce a sales receipt;
  • keep a database of valid certificate information that can be used offline; and
  • confidentially and securely send the required information to the PSS in real time.

Point-of-sale server (PSS)

The PSS is a server hosted traditionally at a location in Canada or hosted in a cloud environment. It must be able to:

  • receive information from us and confirm that it was processed;
  • confirm eligibility for the consumption tax exemption;
  • receive and validate transaction data in real time;
  • accumulate transaction data received from the PST; and
  • send us the sales data in a consolidated XML file.

Revenu Québec's systems

To apply the consumption tax exemption, your IT solution must communicate with our systems. Our systems can:

  • receive, validate and file transaction data daily;
  • give retail dealers required information;
  • handle refunds for retail dealers of the amount equal to the tax; and 
  • check data.

Technical information

You should develop your product to use:

  • XML for the files sent to us;
  • at least 8 gigabytes of RAM;
  • a Microsoft operating system;
  • Axway software (our “Échanges interorganismes” system uses Axway to exchange data with other government departments and public or private organizations).
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