Find the current Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax – HST Ontario. Ontario charges a harmonized sales tax or HST, and this is having an impact on businesses located in Ontario or shipping goods into the province. You can use the Ontario Sales Tax Calculator to find the tax you paid for your goods or services.
What is the Ontario HST – Harmonized Sales Tax?
The Government of Ontario has introduced a harmonized sales tax or HST which came into effect on July 1, 2010. The Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax or HST rate is 13% of which 5% represents the federal part and 8% the provincial part.
Ontario Harmonized Sales Tax or HST Exemptions
Consumers do not have to pay HST on exempt items including:
– Qualifying food and beverages, including basic groceries
– Health, medical, and dental services provided by licensed practitioners
– Child care
– Prescription drugs
– Most financial services
Shipping is usually not taxable if stated separately on the invoice.