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The Canadian government has collected more than $1 billion in cannabis taxes since legalization began in 2018

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Since the recreational use of cannabis became legal in Canada in 2018, the federal government in that country has mandated Total charges on cannabis products are more than 1 billion Canadian dollars ($740 million). Executives expect the government to ease the tax regime and excise it imposes on the sector as labor losses and financial losses rise as the target is reached.

About C$862.3 million in total duties on cannabis products were collected by the federal government between fiscal years 2018-19 and 2020-2021, most of which was distributed to provinces and territories, according to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA).

Similar data for the 2021-22 fiscal year has not yet been released by the TRA.

However, the latest official calculations, which outline government costs and income, reveal that the federal government received C$160.2 million in cannabis tax revenue that year, bringing the total fee since 2018 to at least C$1.02 billion.

Smashing the billion dollar mark

Since the General Accounts figure for 2021-2022 excludes, among other things, the duty that the federal government collects and distributes to provinces and territories, the total fee since 2018 is likely to be much higher.

For previous fiscal years, the CRA has assessed the following total charges for cannabis:

514 million Canadian dollars in 2020-2021.

C$256.7 million in 2019-20.

$91.6 million CAD in 2018-19.

The figures include surcharges that only apply in certain jurisdictions as well as surcharges that are assessed by the federal government and distributed to provinces and territories.

Since the sales spike from 2018, the total federal government duty assessed on cannabis varieties has increased.

The cannabis tax earnings for the federal government were as follows:

For the years 2021-2022 CAD 160.2 million.

CAD 108.9 million in 2020-2021.

In 2019-20, CA$52 million.

$18.3 million CAD in 2018-19.

Revenue service You specified the amount of “extra” cannabis duty and an “adjustment” to those increased fees of CAD 403.3 million from CAD 514 million in the TRA’s assessments for fiscal year 2020-21.

The CRA explained the “additional” duty such as the cannabis tax levy that the federal government has agreed to apportion with territories and provinces from recreational marijuana sales in their respective regions in an email to MJBizDaily.

The federal government has agreed to share 75% of the money it earns while keeping 25% for itself.

Canada’s excise tax on dried cannabis produced by producers is C$1 per gram or 10% of the price per gram, whichever is higher.

In some places, there is an excise tax that is additional to the federal tax. These amounts are referred to as an “adjustment” to the increased cannabis duty by the CRA.

According to the agency, all funds collected under this fictitious adjustment are returned to the respective province or territory.

No distinction is made between “additional” and “adjustable” duty for additional cannabis duty in the CRA schedules.

When provincial and federal taxes are included, it is estimated that the sale of cannabis to governments in Canada brought in C$1.6 billion in the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

Included in that revenue are:

The county-owned alcohol and marijuana regulators reported net income of C$300 million.

The “total taxes” and other sources of income brought in C$1.3 billion.

What does CAD 1.3 billion include?

A federal excise tax of CAD 200 million.

Additional provincial or territorial sources of revenue including provincial taxes, CA$600 million.

Retail sales taxes of CAD 500 million.

The vast majority of duties are from flowers

The majority of the fees imposed by the federal government were on dried/fresh cannabis, when broken down by product category.

Fees for dried or fresh cannabis accounted for 79.2% of the total for fiscal years during the 2018-21 period.

A total of 16.5% of the shipment consisted of cannabis extracts, including oil.

The close of the 2019-2020 fiscal year saw cannabis roll out nationwide, but the fee rate didn’t begin to increase significantly until then.

From C$1.2 million in 2019-20 to nearly C$6.5 million in 2020-2021, the total fees assessed for food have increased.

Charges for topical cannabis products totaled C$973,000 in the 2020-2021 fiscal year.

The CRA did not disclose the fees paid on hemp plants and seeds in the aforementioned year due to “reasons of confidentiality.”

However, the amount did not exceed C$436,000.

The impact of higher taxes on cannabis on the Canadian industry and consumers

Canadian government High taxes on cannabis It was a great source of income for the nation, but also had a huge impact on the cannabis market and its users. Legal cannabis is often much more expensive than illegal cannabis due to heavy taxes, which makes it difficult for businesses to compete with the dark market. As a result, despite the fact that cannabis is now legal for recreational use, many Canadians continue to purchase it from unreliable sellers.

Some people have found it difficult to afford legal cannabis as a result of the heavy taxes imposed on cannabis goods, which have also increased consumer prices. Because they cannot purchase legal cannabis at current costs, people who depend on cannabis for medical purposes often pay to buy from illegal sources.

Many industry participants have called for a reduction in cannabis taxes or at least a realignment of the current tax structure in response to these problems. Some argued that a lower tax rate would make it easier for legitimate businesses to compete with the black market, and would ultimately raise money for the government. Others have recommended that cannabis tax money be used to fund educational and harm reduction initiatives to help combat the negative consequences of drug use.

Since cannabis was legalized in Canada in 2018, the government has levied more than C$1 billion in taxes and customs, but heavy taxes have made legal cannabis more expensive than the illegal market, affecting the sector and consumers. Because of the financial damage caused by the pandemic, the government may consider lowering the tax code.

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