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GST/HST tax procedures

If your business plans to sell goods in Canada, you’ll need to know all about GST and HST tax procedures and how to go about establishing them.

In short, a Good and Services Tax (GST) is an indirect tax. It is imposed on goods and services and ultimately paid by the consumer at the point of purchase.

An HST is a harmonized sales tax paid by consumers and businesses. It combines the nation’s federal goods and services tax with various provincial sales taxes. Easy right? Don't worry, things become simplified when you realize that only five Canadian provinces use the HST, Ontario is one of them, where the HST tax is 13% as opposed to 15% in other provinces.

If you live in Ontario, you will have to register for an HST account and can do it online, by mail, or by phone. A GST/HST number is included in your BN number and if you don’t have a BN you will receive one when registering for your GST/HST number.  


If you just want to get on with your business and leave all the appropriate registering in the hands of professionals who register them daily, we are here to help.  

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