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How to apply for tax exemptions related to the Indian Act

If you are eligible under the Indian Act, you may claim an exemption of the HST for goods and services supplied on a reserve.

Eligible residents in Ontario or on the Canadian side of the Akwesasne reserve may also claim an exemption for qualifying goods and services acquired off a reserve. The off-reserve exemption only applies to the 8% Ontario component of the HST. Goods such as mobile phones and HD PVRs, for example, as well as telecommunications services qualify for the exemption.

When claiming any tax exemption, you need to present your Certificate of Indian Status Card issued by Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

To submit a claim for tax exemption:

  1. Visit and fill out the PDF request form (requires Adobe Reader).
  2. Save the completed form to your computer (to send by email) or print it (to send by regular mail or by fax).
  3. Send us the completed form and a copy of your tax exemption certificate (e.g. Indian Status Card, front and back) using one of the methods below.

For Bell Internet, Bell TV and Bell Home phone

  • Email address (only PDF files are accepted):
  • Mailing address:
    Bell Canada,
    PO Box 8787 Stn A
    Montréal QC
    H3C 4R5
  • Fax number: 1 877 338-3013

For Bell Mobility

  • Email address (only PDF files are accepted):
  • Mailing address:
    Bell Mobility
    5099 Creekbank Rd.
    Building C, 6th Floor
    Mississauga ON
    L4W 5N2
  • Fax number: 1 800 611-7777

Note: You must continue to pay the full amount of your bill, including taxes, until your application is approved. Once your application is approved, future taxes will not be applied to your account.

Learn more about the Ontario First Nations Point-of-Sale Exemptions on the HST.

Learn more about the Indian Status from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.

Last Updated:06/04/2011

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