The answer to ‘how much GST/HST do I pay?’ depends on which province you live in. Goods and services taxes (GST), Harmonized sales taxes (HST), Provincial sales tax (PST), and Quebec sales tax (QST) are all forms of taxes which are charged by the government. Every time you make a purchase then you generally have to pay at least one of these taxes.

What Happens With the GST/HST I pay?

The money you pay in GST/HST goes directly to the government and then the government uses this money to make Canada a better place. A lot of the money used goes on Country defense, healthcare, and also for providing child benefits to those who need it in order to keep the streets of Canada free from poverty.

Here’s a great breakdown of where your tax dollars go by CBCnews:

Tax Dollar Graph

How much GST/HST do I Pay/Charge?

HOW MYCH gsT/hsT DO i PAY IN cANADA

Like many other things, it really depends on the province in which you live in. Here is a break down of the average GST/HST you have to pay depending on where you live in Canada.

1. Alberta-If you live in Alberta you only pay/charge 5% GST on goods and services. (on a side note, you also have to pay 4% tax on any hotel or lodging fees)

2.British Columbia- If you live in British Columbia you have to pay/charge both 5% GST and 7% PST for a total of 12%

3. Manitoba- If you live in Manitoba you pay/charge both 5% GST and 8% PST for a total of 13%

4.New Brunswick- If you live in New Brunswick you pay/charge 15% HST ( 5% GST and 10% PST)

5.Newfoundland and Labrador- If you live in Newfoundland and Labrador you pay/charge 15% HST (5% GST and 10% PST)

6. Northwest Territories- If you live in the Northwest Territories you pay/charge only 5% GST

7.NovaScotia- If you live in NovaScotia you pay/charge 15% HST (5% GST and 10% PST)

8.Nunavut- If you live in Nunavut you pay/charge only 5% GST

9.Ontario- If you live in Ontario you pay/charge pay/charge 13% HST (5% GST and 10% PST)

10.Prince Edward Island- If you live in Prince Edward Island you pay/charge 15% HST (5% GST and 10% PST)

11. Quebec- If you live in Quebec you pay/charge both 5% GST and 9.975% PST for a total of 14.975%

12.Saskatchewan- If you live in Saskatchewan you pay/charge both 5% GST and 6% PST for a total of 11%

13.Yukon- If you live in the Yukon you pay/charge only 5% GST.

Tax rates per province/territory
Province/Territory Type GST (%) PST (%) Total tax rate (%)
Alberta GST 5 0 5
British Columbia GST + PST 5 7 12
Manitoba GST + PST 5 8 13
New Brunswick HST 5 10 15
Newfoundland and Labrador HST 5 10 15
Northwest Territories GST 5 0 5
Nova Scotia HST 5 10 15
Nunavut GST 5 0 5
Ontario HST 5 8 13
Prince Edward Island HST 5 10 15
Quebec GST + PST 5 9.975 14.975
Saskatchewan GST + PST 5 6 11
Yukon GST 5 0 5

Chart Source: https://canadabusiness.ca

As you can see from the above chart, you have to pay the highest amount of taxes if you live in Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, and New Brunswick. If you run a business in Canada then it is required that you charge HST (which is a combination of both GST and PST) on all of your sales.

How much you charge depends on which province you live in and you should follow the rules on tax very carefully as most of your customers will already be aware of how much tax they are going to be charged.

Can I get Tax Benefits from the GST/HST I pay?

Yes, you can definitely receive tax benefits for the GST/HST that you pay. In order to receive the benefits, you simply have to file a tax return and you will be given some or all of the federal taxes you paid that year.

This is called the GST/HST tax credit and it applies to low-income families who are:

  • Residents of Canada
  • At least 19 years old
  • Were or are currently married
  • Were or are currently a parent

The amount you receive depends on how many children you have and your net income.

You can also claim GST/HST as an income tax credit on your tax return if you run a small business. However, if you do so, then you have to deduct it from wherever you claimed the expense.

For instance, if you claimed a set of new monitors as a business expense then you would have to deduct the GST/HST you paid on them from there and then you could claim the GST/HST separately as an income tax credit.

You need to be a GST registrant in order to claim GST/HST as an input tax credit.