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Registering for and Filling Sales Tax

A sales tax is a consumption tax imposed by the government on the sale of goods and services. A sales tax is usually charged as a percentage of the retail cost at the point of purchase. sales taxes are only charged to the end user of a good or service. 
In Canada, there are two types of sales taxes levied. These are :
Provincial sales taxes (PST), levied by the provinces.
Goods and services tax (GST)/harmonized sales tax (HST), the Quebec Sales Tax (QST), and the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST).
We provide below services: 
  Registration of GST/HST and PST 
  Prepare and File GST return 
  CRA audit assistance for GST/PST 
Apply various methods of GST to benefit clients. These methods are: 
    Normal method 
    Quick Method Simplify Method

GST/HST rate to charge customers

To know which GST/HST rate to charge, a supplier has to know what type of supply they are making and where the supply is being made. The place where a supply is made is referred to as the place of supply.

For example, if a store in British Columbia makes a supply of a good such as a mattress to their customer in Ontario and delivers it to the customer in Ontario, the place of supply is Ontario and the supplier charges 13% HST on the sale.

A zero-rated supply, such as a sale of basic groceries, has a 0% GST/HST rate, regardless of the place of supply in Canada.

Other taxable supplies have a:

  • 5% GST rate if the supply is made in a non-participating province
  • 13% HST rate if the supply is made in the participating province of Ontario
  • 15% HST rate if the supply is made in any other participating province
  • GST/HST for shipments is calculated based on the rate applicable in the destination province instead of the origin province
  • QST is only applicable to shipments within Quebec (i.e., when Quebec is both the shipment origin and destination province).


Below are some useful links for GST/HST:

  1. GST/HST calculator  –

2. When to register for and start charging the GST/HST –

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