Overview

In Alberta, a full direct remitter (FDR) is generally the first seller in the fuel distribution chain and is responsible for the collection and remittance of the Alberta fuel tax.

FDRs must report and remit the Alberta fuel tax on a monthly basis.

Definition of FDR

To be eligible to register as a FDR, you must:

  • Operate a refinery in Alberta that produces fuel other than biodiesel, kerosene, methanol, bunker fuel or condensate,

OR

  • Manufactures, refines, acquires in, or imports into Alberta 500 million or more litres of clear fuel annually.

When to register

In Alberta, FDRs must register for and be approved to:

  • produce or refine fuel (excluding renewable fuel, kerosene, methanol, bunker fuel or condensate)
  • import fuel into Alberta
  • operate a terminal or act as a position holder within a terminal operated by another person
  • sell fuel for the purpose of resale
  • sell aviation fuel
  • sell fuel exempt from tax
  • mark fuel
  • rebrand fuel
  • export fuel from Alberta in bulk
  • sell kerosene, bunker fuel methanol or condensate in bulk
  • sell fuel, or remove their own fuel, from a refinery or terminal

Fuel tax

Fuel is subject to fuel tax when the fuel leaves the refinery or terminal, or sold to a person other than a full direct remitter and is not intended for delivery to a refinery or terminal.

Allowable tax-out transactions

An FDR may sell to another FDR exempt from fuel tax. See the list of Registered and Approved Full Direct Remitters. Additionally, no tax is payable by an FDR when:

Partial exemption on marked fuel

Marked gasoline and marked diesel is partially tax exempt when sold to eligible consumers. FDRs may sell marked fuel to another FDR exempt from tax.

For more information regarding this partial exemption, see Information for fuel sellers: marked fuel.

Form instructions

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To submit your forms

Forms cannot be sent through email. Complete and print your forms and bring, mail or fax them to TRA.

How to register

Step 1: Complete the registration form

Step 2: Submit your completed registration form

  • Bring, mail or fax your completed Fuel Tax Registration form to TRA.

Step 3: Receive decision letter

  • If approved, you will receive a letter advising of your Alberta Business Identification Number (BIN) to be referenced on any correspondence or documents

How to file

The Alberta Fuel Tax Return Summary forms and applicable schedules must be received by TRA on or before the 28th day of the month following the period end.

A return must be filed for each calendar month, whether or not activity occurred.

Step 1: Fill out the return and schedules

Online:

Log in to your TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) account and select "File a Return/Claim".

Returns can be filed online either by:

  • web form (data-entry)

OR

  • XML file upload

For more information about filing using the XML file upload process, see XML Upload Requirements for Submitting Fuel Tax Returns and Claims.

Paper:

Complete the applicable Alberta Fuel Tax Return Summary forms:

Complete the supporting Schedules for Diesel and Related Products:

Complete the supporting Schedules for Gasoline and Related Products:

Step 2: Submit your return

  • Online: submit the return in TRACS and print the confirmation page for your records.
  • Paper copy: bring, mail or fax your completed return to TRA.

You will be charged a penalty if you file your return late.

Step 3: Remit the amount owing or receive your refund

  • Remit the amount owing (see Making payments).
  • Interest will be charged on late remittances and will accrue until the balance is paid in full.
  • If there were changes made to your return or a balance is owing, a notice of assessment will be available in your TRACS account under View Assessments (or mailed if you do not have a TRACS account).

How to pay

Maintain your account in TRACS

TRA Client Self-Service (TRACS) is a secure online system for authorized Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) clients to conveniently conduct business with TRA. You can do the following tasks in TRACS:

  • file a return
  • submit documents
  • file a Notice of Objection
  • manage direct deposit
  • view reports
  • confirm receipt and completion of submitted returns
  • view status of prior assessments, financial details and notices of assessment and reassessment
  • access financial information and view account period balances
  • update address and contact information
  • delegate account access to other employees or authorized individuals

For more details, instructional videos and to log in to your TRACS account, see TRACS information.

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Submitting a claim or return using TRACS and XML file upload

Forms

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Contact

To submit forms

Please note: forms cannot be sent through email. Complete and print your forms and bring, mail or fax them to:

Tax and Revenue Administration
Alberta Treasury Board and Finance
9811 109 Street NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5K 2L5

Fax: 780-427-0348

To connect with Tax and Revenue Administration

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Phone: 780-427-3044
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
Email: tra.revenue@gov.ab.ca