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Invoices Canada - Belgium
Thread poster: KVE
Local time: 17:16
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May 31, 2008


here's my situation: I used to live in Belgium and worked as a freelancer for Belgian clients. Invoicing was no problem: add up all jobs, then add 21% VAT and that was that.
But 2 months ago I immigrated to Canada (permanently, I'm now a 'landed immigrant'). I continued working for the same clients in Belgium and I'm now issuing my first invoices. And here's where my trouble begins: what do I put on my invoices? Just the basic price without any VAT? I'm completely confused with all this VAT, GST, PST ...
Can anyone help?


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bububu  Identity Verified
Local time: 11:16
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What I know... Jun 1, 2008

Congratulation! :0)

To my best knowledge and briefly, in Canada, it depends on:
- if you have registered you business, you have to charge GST and PST;
- you have to register if your annual income is more than 30,000 CAD;
- if your annual business income is less, and you have not registered your business, you don't have to charge PST and GST, or even mention it.


Sorry, I cannot help you with VAT.

Good luck!

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Stephanie Sirot  Identity Verified
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You don't invoice GST for international clients Jun 2, 2008

If your client is overseas, you don't need to add the GST on your invoice, i.e. if your client is in Belgium or anywhere else. GST is a federal tax for inside Canada. If you translate for an international customer, it is considered as "export".

If your client is in Canada, and if you are registered for GST, you need to charge it.

If you are making under 30 000$, you don't need to register for GST, nor to charge it. However, you can register voluntarily if you want to.

For PST, it depends on the province you live in, as PST is a provincial tax.

You do not charge VAT if you are a permanent resident in Canada, as all your income will be declared in Canada, and you will pay tax in Canada. VAT doesn't exist as such in Canada.


[Edited at 2008-06-02 18:35]

[Edited at 2008-06-02 18:38]

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Local time: 17:16
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thanks Jun 3, 2008

thanks so much for the replies you guys. That's one less thing to worry about

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