If you are starting a business or have an existing business and need to register for GST/HST, you are just minutes away from exactly what you need!
Most businesses in Canada have to register for GST/HST number. For some businesses
registration is mandatory, while other businesses can register
voluntarily. This can be complicated, but don't worry, we make it easy!
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Step 1 - What is the GST/HST Number
View this quick video to learn more about GST/HST Accounts.
Most persons and organizations engaged in commercial activities in Canada
who have worldwide, taxable sales of more than $30,000 over any four or
fewer consecutive calendar quarters must register for and collect the Goods and Services Tax (GST) or Harmonized
Sales Tax (HST). All taxi and limousine operators must register for GST/HST,
regardless of their revenues.
What is the Federal Business Number (BN)?
The BN is issued by the Canada
Revenue Agency (CRA) and is used to unify all accounts a business may have
with the federal government. The BN is used to operate corporate income
tax, import/export accounts, payroll deductions and GST/HST among others.
When should I apply for the Federal Business Number
should take place after the company has been registered. We can assist
you with both, the business registration and the GST/HST registration at the
General Information about GST/HST
The GST/HST applies to most transactions from
manufacturing to marketing and sales. Businesses and organizations registered
for the GST/HST are referred to as registrants. In general, each provice has a specific rate for GST or HST. The rate from 5% to 15% applies to most goods and services. The GST/HST is not charged
on the following items:
Some medical devices
Municipal public transit
Health and education services
Most financial services
Businesses do not collect the provincial portion (eight per cent) of the
Qualified prepared food and beverages sold for a total
of $4 and under
Children's clothing and footwear
Children's car seats and car booster seats
Feminine hygiene products
Books (including audio books)
GST/HST registrants who provide taxable goods or services have to charge and
collect the GST/HST on their sales. If the GST/HST collected is greater than the
GST/HST paid or payable, the difference is sent to the CRA. If the GST/HST collected
is less than the GST/HST paid or payable, a refund can be claimed.
Newfoundland and Labrador
Prince Edward Island
Step 2 - Do I need to register for GST/HST
Do I need to register for GST/HST? While it is not
mandatory for most businesses to register and collect GST/HST until 29 days
following the single calendar quarter or four consecutive calendar quarters
in which they first exceed worldwide sales of $30,000, we generally recommend
that any business register as soon as possible.
Three reasons to register:
1. Unless you are an GST/HST registrant you cannot
claim GST/HST input tax credits (GST/HST paid on business expenditures). If you
are an GST/HST registrant and your input tax credits exceed GST/HST collected on
sales, you may claim a refund of the excess from Canada Revenue Agency.
If you're not a registrant the GST/HST paid on expenses is included as part
of the expense when computing net income.
2. Not being registered for GST/HST
tells everyone that you are running a truly small business.
(Your sales are below $30,000 per year) If your customers are other businesses,
they expect to pay GST/HST.
3. Companies that are required to register for
GST/HST must remit the GST/HST tax to Canada Revenue Agency - even
if it has not been collected from the customer. By registering for GST/HST
upon starting your business you will eliminate the possibility of inadvertently
surpassing the $30,000 threshold and being exposed to penalties and interest
charges for non-compliance.
Step 3 - Information required to register GST/HST Number
Registration for the GST/HST number is done by completing an application
form that is then delivered directly to the appropriate
Once your application
is approved you would receive a letter via mail confirming
To register for GST/HST number you will need to provide:
Legal name and address of the Incorporated business
or if it is a sole-proprietorship/partnership,
then your full legal name
Description of the business activity
Your full name as listed on the SIN Card
Social Insurance Number
Date of Birth
Estimate of annual revenues from business activities.
If you have a partner, the same information would be required
for your partner.
Step 4 - How to get registered for GST/HST
We can easily assist you with GST/HST registration.
You can register online using the link at the top or the bottom
of this page. If you are wondering why you should let us help
you with registration, the answer is simple.
You do not have to take any time from your busy schedule
to do the registration.
If you are located in a small town, there is no need to travel, just
We have the expertise to complete the registration in the way that
best suits your needs.
We work for you, not the government.
For a small fee of $39.95 we will do all the necessary work for you.
We can help you with the next step - GST/HST report preparation.
Alternatively, you can always visit your local Canada Revenue Agency office and
complete the registration form. Please make sure that you fully understand
the questions on the registration form and answer them correctly. It is quite
difficult to change certain information once it is recorded. (You may have
to wait for up to one year). Also, be prepared for delays due to the workload.
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Step 5 - Cost of GST/HST Registration
Our fee for registering GST/HST number is $39.95 plus applicable taxes.
Registration never expires, unless you cancel it, so you register
only once for the entire life of the business.
Register For GST/HST Number Now
Congratulations! You are now ready to register for GST/HST. Simply select
the link below to be redirected to the application