GST Basics

By |2021-11-03T02:40:31+00:00November 3rd, 2021|Business, Taxes|

When it comes to goods and services tax (GST) basics, one of the most common questions new business owners want to know is whether they need to charge GST. As with most tax questions, the answer depends on a number of things.  It’s important to note that GST is collected on behalf of the government via the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). The GST you collect is not yours to keep. As consolation, the CRA allows you to claim the GST you pay in the course of business activities as a form of payment to you for collecting the GST on their [...]

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GST: Exempt vs Taxable Supplies

By |2021-10-24T09:52:58+00:00October 10th, 2021|Business, Taxes|

When you’re first setting up your business, one of the things you might ask is if you need to charge GST. Chances are you don’t have time to sift through the Canada Revenue Agency’s massive guide for GST registrants to find the answer. You’re in luck, because this month on the blog, we’re answering some of the most common GST questions we get.  When it comes to determining if you need to charge GST, you need to decide if you’re providing a taxable supply. Supply is the language used in the Income Tax Act to refer to what you’re selling. This [...]

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All You Need to Know About the GST Quick Method

By |2021-05-12T23:18:12+00:00May 12th, 2021|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

Have you heard of the GST Quick Method? It’s a faster way to calculate the amount of GST or HST you owe the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). Of course, it comes with a catch—a few, actually. You can only use this method to calculate your GST owing if you meet the CRA’s criteria. Read on to learn more about the GST Quick Method and if it’s right for you and your business. What is the GST Quick Method? The CRA implemented the quick method of accounting for GST/HST to help small businesses reduce paperwork. Rather than having to report every dollar [...]

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Your Guide to Sales Taxes in Canada

By |2021-10-24T09:53:16+00:00June 14th, 2020|Accounting, Business, Taxes|

When you first start your business, you have no way of knowing the things you don't know. So it makes it easy to miss things. One thing that is commonly missed (or done incorrectly) by new business owners is sales taxes. Either business owners don't realize they should be charging sales tax, or they aren’t doing it correctly. If this is you, don’t worry! There are volumes and volumes of information written by federal and provincial governments about our sales taxes in Canada. They can get extremely complicated, and we recommend you consult with a professional who understands your business and [...]

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Do I charge GST / HST on my remote services?

By |2021-10-24T09:53:16+00:00March 8th, 2019|Accounting|

We work with a lot of consultants and the question often comes up “Do I need to charge GST / HST on my consulting services that I perform for clients in another country (usually the USA)?” The simple answer is no! In Canada, the Canada Revenue Agency deems the place of supply for services to be the location that your client is based even if you perform the work remotely (in Canada). However, there are some exemptions and it does depend on the type of service you are providing. On the Canada Revenue Agency website, they clearly indicate that most goods and services [...]

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How to Charge GST on Your Materials – The Contractor (3 min read)

By |2021-10-24T09:53:19+00:00October 11th, 2016|Uncategorized|

 By Alissa Bryden, CPA, CA Contractors often ask me about how to charge GST on the materials included on their invoices. There are two main ways contractors can create their invoices. One where the materials are paid for by the client as a reimbursement and one where the materials are part of the sale price. It is important to note that GST charged on your invoices is called “GST Collected”. GST paid when you pay for the materials are called “ITC’s”. When you remit a payment to the Canada Revenue Agency you net these two. Reimbursement When a client is paying the materials as [...]

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