Taxes can be a complex and sometimes daunting aspect to navigate in the business world. The Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) is one area that often raises questions. If you're a business owner, understanding HST and knowing who has to charge it is crucial for compliance and financial management. In this guide, we'll break down what HST is, who it affects, and how JD Bookkeeping can help alleviate the stress of tax management for your business.

What is HST?

Harmonized Sales Tax, commonly abbreviated as HST, combines the federal Goods and Services Tax (GST) and provincial sales taxes in certain Canadian provinces. These provinces include Ontario, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland, and Labrador. The purpose of HST is to streamline the tax system and reduce administrative burdens for businesses operating within these provinces.

Who Has to Charge HST?

Determining whether your business needs to charge HST depends on several factors, including your annual revenue and the nature of your goods or services. Generally, suppose your company sells taxable goods or services, and your worldwide yearly revenues exceed $30,000. In that case, you must register for an HST account with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and charge HST on your sales.

However, some businesses may be exempt from charging HST or may qualify for certain rebates or exemptions. For example, certain goods and services, such as basic groceries, prescription drugs, and medical devices, are exempt from HST. Additionally, small suppliers with annual revenues below $30,000 are not required to register for an HST account.

How JD Bookkeeping Can Help:

Navigating the complexities of HST and ensuring compliance with tax regulations can be time-consuming and overwhelming for business owners. That's where JD Bookkeeping comes in. Our comprehensive HST services are designed to alleviate the stress of tax management, allowing you to focus on what matters most – growing your business.

With JD Bookkeeping, you can rest assured that your HST obligations will be handled efficiently and accurately. Our team of experienced professionals will ensure full compliance with tax regulations while maximizing deductions to minimize your tax burden. Whether you're a small business just starting or a large corporation with complex tax needs, we have the expertise and resources to meet your requirements.

In addition to HST services, JD Bookkeeping offers a range of other accounting and financial services tailored to the unique needs of your business. From bookkeeping and payroll processing to tax planning and advisory services, we're here to support you every step of the way.


Understanding HST and knowing who has to charge it is essential for business owners operating in certain Canadian provinces. By partnering with JD Bookkeeping, you can take the guesswork out of tax management and ensure full compliance with tax regulations. Let us handle the complexities of HST so you can focus on what you do best – running your business. Contact us today to learn more about our comprehensive HST services and how we can help you achieve your financial goals.

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