Overview

The Tax Exempt Fuel User (TEFU) program encompasses 2 separate components.

Purchase of marked fuel using the TEFU exemption certificate

Marked fuel (marked gasoline and marked diesel) may be used by a commercial or government entity (other than the Government of Canada) in unlicensed equipment or for heating purposes. In order to purchase marked fuel, the consumer must obtain a TEFU exemption certificate.

TEFU rebate

Consumers of clear fuel can apply for a rebate of fuel tax paid on the litres consumed because marked fuel was not reasonably available, or the entity is exempt and is not permitted to use marked fuel.

Fuel tax rate

The fuel tax rate on marked gasoline and marked diesel is currently 4 cents per litre, compared to 13 cents per litre for clear gasoline and clear diesel.

Form instructions

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How to apply for a TEFU exemption certificate

Eligibility

To qualify for a TEFU exemption certificate, fuel purchased must be used in unlicensed equipment or for heating purposes. Marked gasoline and marked diesel are not permitted for use in licensed equipment under the TEFU program.

Step 1: Fill out the declaration

Step 2: Submit your declaration

  • Bring, mail or fax your completed Declaration to TRA.

Step 3: Receive TEFU exemption certificate

  • If approved, you will receive a TEFU exemption certificate.

How to file for a fuel tax rebate

Eligibility

Situations where entities may apply for a TEFU rebate include:

  • Fuel tax was paid in error by foreign embassies, diplomats or Government of Canada.
  • Fuel was mixed or injected into a well-bore.
  • Fuel was used in unlicensed equipment by an applicant with a valid TEFU certificate at the time the fuel was purchased, and Tax and Revenue Administration (TRA) is satisfied that marked fuel was not reasonably available as a result of either:
    • no bulk fuel dealer with marked fuel available for sale was located within a 50 kilometre radius of the applicants location. The 50 kilometre radius is measured by “as the crow flies” or the most direct path between 2 points and does not consider roads or highways in determining the most direct pathway; or
    • the fuel was being consumed in a operation where clear fuel must be used and there existed a legal restriction (e.g., zoning) prohibiting the consumer from having more than one storage tank.

The Fuel Tax Rebate Application can be filed no later than 3 years after the end of the calendar year when the fuel was purchased.

Step 1: Fill out the rebate application

Step 2: Submit your application

  • Bring, mail or fax your completed TEFU Fuel Tax Rebate Application to TRA.

Step 3: Receive your rebate

  • Receive your refund by direct deposit or cheque. If there were changes made to your claim, a letter of assessment will be mailed.

How to set up direct deposit

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 have a Tax Exempt Fuel User (TEFU) account if you are registered under the TEFU program. Depending on the access you have been assigned, you can:

  • renew registration
  • view renewal approval letter
  • 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.

Publications and forms

Information circulars

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Special notices

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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