10.1.9 - Completing an Excise Duty Return - Tobacco Dealer

Octobre 2012

NOTE: This version replaces the one dated August 2003.

This memorandum provides line-by-line instructions on how to complete Form B271, Excise Duty Return – Tobacco Dealer, required to be filed monthly by tobacco dealers under proposed amendments to the Excise Act, 2001 (the Act). It also provides information on when and where to file the return.

The information in this document does not replace the law found in the Act and its regulations. It is provided for your reference. As it may not completely address your situation, you may wish to refer to the Act or its regulations, or contact any Canada Revenue Agency regional excise duty office for additional information. These offices are listed in Excise Duty Memorandum EDM1-1-2, Regional Excise Duty Offices.

Table of Contents


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1. A licensed tobacco dealer is a person, other than a tobacco licensee, who is authorized to purchase for resale, sell, or offer for sale, raw leaf tobacco upon which excise duty is not imposed under the Act. The responsibilities of a tobacco dealer are discussed in detail in Excise Duty Memorandum EDM7.1.2, Tobacco Dealers.

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2. Although licensed tobacco dealers are not normally required to pay excise duty, they are nevertheless required to complete Form B271, Excise Duty Return – Tobacco Dealer return in respect of each fiscal month.

3. Include on this excise duty return only information that applies to the fiscal month for which you are filing, and only complete the lines of the return that apply to you. Indicate NIL on the lines that do not apply to you.

4. Additional information with respect to the filing of returns, remitting excise duty, and paying the correct amount of excise duty is provided in Excise Duty Memorandum EDM10.1.1, Returns and Payments.

Line-by-line instructions

Identification of licensee


5. The top left portion of this return is used to identify the licensed tobacco dealer. A licensee must complete this section by entering the complete legal name, trading name (if different from the legal name) and mailing address of the licensee.

Field 1 – Business Number

6. Enter your 9-digit Business Number (BN), 2-letter (RD) program identifier, and 4-digit program account number.

Field 2 – Period covered

7. Enter the fiscal month covered by this return. The dates should be entered in the order year / month / day.

Field 3 – Due date of return

8. The due date for an excise duty return is the last day of the fiscal month following each fiscal month of a licensee. Enter this date for the fiscal month for which you are filing. The due date should be entered in the order year / month / day.

9. Pre-printed returns containing the above information are normally mailed to licensees after they registered. Form B271 is also available on the CRA web site.

Opening balance – raw leaf tobacco

Line A – Opening balance

10. The opening balance of this return must equal the last fiscal month’s closing balance.

Additions to inventory


11. Enter the total quantity of domestic raw leaf tobacco received.


12. Enter the total quantity of imported raw leaf tobacco received.

Line B – Total additions

13. Add the above quantities of raw leaf tobacco (i.e., additions to inventory) and enter the sum on line B.

Reductions to inventory


14. Enter the total quantity of domestic shipments of raw leaf tobacco.


15. Enter the total quantity of export shipments of raw leaf tobacco.

Line C – Total reductions

16. Add the above quantities of raw leaf tobacco (i.e., reductions to inventory) and enter the sum on line C.

Inventory adjustments

Line D – Inventory adjustments (+ or -)

17. Adjustments may be necessary to balance the physical inventory with the book inventory. The closing or book inventory must agree with the physical inventory for the fiscal month. All adjusting entries are subject to audit and must be entered as "Inventory adjustments" on line D. If the Inventory adjustment amount is negative, place the amount between brackets. 

Closing balance

Line E – Closing balance

18. The closing balance is calculated as follows:  the sum of lines A and B, minus the sum of lines C and D: (A + B) – (C ± D). This closing balance will become the opening balance for the following fiscal month.

Client contact name / telephone number

19. Enter the complete name and telephone number of a person who may be contacted concerning this excise duty return.


20. An authorized representative must print their name and title, sign and date the return and provide a current telephone number.

Where to file the return

21. You may file your excise duty return by mailing it to the following address:

Canada Revenue Agency
Summerside Tax Centre
Specialty Business Returns Section
275 Pope Road, Suite 101
Summerside PE C1N 6E7

22. You may also file your excise duty return by delivering it to any CRA regional excise duty office.


23. Failure to submit a completed excise duty return to a CRA office by the filing due date may result in a penalty being charged.

Retention of information

Keeping records
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24. You should retain a copy of this return for your records, as the return and any other information used to prepare it are subject to audit and must be retained for verification purposes.

25. Additional information on the requirement to maintain books and records is available in Excise Duty Memorandum EDM9.1.1, General Requirements for Books and Records.

All of the excise duty memoranda are available on the CRA Web site at www.cra.gc.ca/exciseduty, under "Excise Act, 2001 – Technical Information".

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