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Place of Supply Rules for Intangible Personal Property (IPP)
Intangible personal property (IPP) is, in general, a right rather than a physical object. This would include intellectual property, contractual rights (such as a lease or licence), options, rights in relation to goods that are not in possession, and other rights that are enforceable by the courts.
A participating province is a province which charges HST, which includes a federal component (5%) and a provincial component. A non-participating province charges 5% GST only, and no provincial component. For rates by province/territory, see Sales Tax Rates in Canadian Provinces and Territories.
Where IPP is supplied via a lease, licence or similar arrangement, and an amount is billed for each period, or "lease interval", each lease interval could be subject to HST at a different rate. This depends on the extent that the supply of IPP can be considered made in a different province based on the application of the place of supply rules for IPP. The supply for each lease interval is considered to be made on the earliest of
General place of supply rules for supplies of IPP:
Specific place of supply rules, not the above general rules, apply to supplies of IPP that relate to goods, real property and services.
Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) Place of supply rules, including for intangible personal property
Department of Finance News Release 2010-014 Place of Supply - Supplies of Intangible Personal Property
Revised: April 15, 2019
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