Reminder – HST is coming

Posted on by on March 26th, 2010 | 3 Comments ยป

Just a reminder to all of my clients that the provincial government has approved the harmonization of the GST and the PST, and that change will take place on July 1st, 2010.

This means that the tax rate you pay on many goods and services will increase as of that date. If you only paid GST on something before, you will now have to pay the combined GST+PST rate (the HST) which is 13% tax.

Because Registered Massage Therapists are required to charge GST on their services in Ontario, that means my fees will be increasing as of July 1st. Please note that the fee increase will ONLY cover the new tax rate – this is not a fee increase that I will benefit from.

More details will be coming within the next couple of months. Thanks for your understanding.

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  1. Tony Lea, RMT says:

    Hello Candice
    Ontario RMT here as well.
    HST .. grrrr.
    I have been searching the CRA site trying to find out information on how we are supposed to handle the change over from a collection remittance perspective. No luck so far and as per usual not information from them on how we are supposed to prepare.
    I have been on the simplified method for fourteen years now.
    Have you found out any information?
    I’ll try calling them this week. God bless me! lol

  2. Candice says:

    Hi Tony: As far as I know you simply start collecting the HST as of July 1st. Then, when you do your calculation for your 2010 HST/GST remittance, you account for half the year being GST and half being HST. I think they will release more information about that soon, but essentially Jan-June will be on one remittance rate (It was 3.6% last year if I recall) and July-Dec will be on the new HST remittance rate (last year this was 8.8% for HST provinces, don’t know if that will change).



  3. Tony Lea, RMT says:

    Thank you Candice for your response. Yes my accountant advised me the same thing (although he did admit he was guessing)and that we continue using our GST number.
    I’m hoping they keep the same “simplified” method for the HST as well.