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The Changing Sales Tax Landscape in Canada

Sales taxes in Canada are getting simpler but many merchants are still caught off guard. Thankfully the Canadian sales tax regime is simpler than in the US, but it still needs planning. GST/HST The GST is a federal tax.  As a Canadian merchant, you are obligated to collect GST/HST for any taxable sale made in Canada.   So yes, even if you are in Alberta, you need to collect 13% HST for sales shipped to Ontario.  Merchants also need to stay informed about what is happening in other...

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HST for BC and Ontario

With the introduction of HST in BC and Ontario to take place July 1st, 2010, eCommerce merchants have their work cut out for them to make sure they understand their requirements and their sites are ready.  At first glance, it does not seem like a big deal.  5% GST and 7% PST is all rolled up into a 12% HST in BC and the 8% PST in Ontario is rolled up with GST for their 13% HST.  Businesses submit one set of forms and government and business save millions in administrative hassle as PST fades...

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Canadian Taxes & eCommerce

I had a call the other day from a merchant in BC who was concerned that they were not collecting Ontario sales tax.  I took a few minutes and cleared up the confusion but thought I should add some details here. Canada has an interesting tax system.  The federal government collects a value added tax called the Goods and Services Tax, or GST for short.  Most provinces collect some sort of Provincial Sales Tax.  The PST usually applies to a different group of products and is not usually charged on...

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