Common Questions about the First Nations Fuel & Tobacco Tax Refund Program
How do I contact the Ministry of Finance for information about selling fuel and tobacco tax-free on reserve to Status Indians?
What types of tobacco permits are available?
There are two types of permits available:
1) Special occasion permit - available for individuals requiring additional tobacco for cultural or ceremonial events.
2) Personal permit - available for individuals who are unable to get to a store regularly. A personal permit allows an individual to buy up to a four week supply of tax-free tobacco at one time by reducing the amount available in the following four weeks.
How do I obtain a permit for tobacco purchases?
Individiuals requiring more than one carton of tobacco tax-free per week for ceremonial or cultural use must call the toll free number below to obtain a permit before going to the store to complete their purchase. Here are the steps to follow:
How do I acquire point of sale (POS) equipment?
Retailers may contact any of the dealers at the following link to select and acquire a POS system. Retailers are encouraged to contact the Ministry of Finance once they have selected a system to ensure it meets current reporting standards.
Why am I getting "Inactive Status #" messages on my Point of Sale Terminal?
To ensure that the fuel and tobacco tax exemptions are only provided to qualified individuals, improvements were made to the purchase validation system.