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H.S.T. Does not Mean "Heli-Ski Tax"

Posted by Marty von Neudegg on Jan 19, 2010 8:40:00 PM

The Province of British Columbia, along with the Government of Canada, have announced the implementation of a new Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) which will replace the British Columbia provincial tax of 8% and the federal GST of 5% with one new HST of 12%.  This new tax will take effect on July 1, 2010.  While the amount looks smaller, in actuality the tax will increase the amount payable by foreign travelers coming to B.C. 

CMH Heli-SkiiingBecause of the way rebates are calculated by the two governments, this tax will have the effect of increasing the tax payable on a Heli-Skiing trip by 3.5%, on the total trip cost, over previous years when you would have paid a total of 2.5%.  In other words, after the Foreign Visitor’s Rebates, the total tax payable will be 6% rather than 2.5%.

Without getting into too many details there is a way to save you this extra tax if you pay for your 2011 Heli-Ski trip in full prior to May 1, 2010.  (May 1 is the deadline set by the government to not be included in the HST.)

If you pay before May 1, 2010 you will save 3.5% on your total trip cost.
In addition CMH will pay you another 2% Early Payment Discount.
By booking before May 7, 2010 you will receive the CMH Early booking Incentive of $100 per day for each day of your trip.
For example, let’s say you were booked from February 12-19, 2011 in the Bugaboos:

The trip price is: $11,195
The taxes after July 1 will be: $669.89
Total payable After July 1:$11,864.89

However, If you pay before May 1 your tax saving will be:$390.77
Your CMH Discount will be:2% or $229.48

Total Payable Before May 1:$11,244.64

PLUS: Your Early Booking Incentive Credit will be: $700

So don't delay, secure your 2011 Heli-Skiing booking today.  Call our Heli-Ski Experts at 1.800.661.0252.

Topics: CMH Heli-Skiing