Tax issue for new freelancer in Canada
Thread poster: Fang Liang

Fang Liang
Canada
Local time: 01:00
Member (2014)
English to Chinese
Jul 10, 2014

As a freelance translator and copywriter, I just moved from China to Canada.
I began to get some business here in Ontario and about to issue my first invoice to my client, which is advertising agency. The offer they gave me is like "$***+HST per hour. Does this mean that I should charge them extra money for tax? For example,

The total charge is $100 before tax.
I charge the client 100+100*13%=$113

If yes, when and how should I sumit this tax money ($13?) to the government?
I undertood that if my income per year is under $30,000, I don't have to register to be a formal business. In this case, should I just invoice the client $100 only?

Looking forward to hear from you guys. Thanks in advance.


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Ewa Olszowa  Identity Verified
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HST non payer Jul 11, 2014

Hi,
At the end of the day you are the one who issues the invoice.
If you are not a HST payer, you just issue the invoice for the total amount without breaking the amount into the cost+HST. You may indicate in the heading of your invoice that your HST/GST number is 0 - means you have none.
Now, it is between you and your client if you charge them $100 or $114 - in any case it will be a full amount.
Regards,
Ewa

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]


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Rita Pang  Identity Verified
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FYI Jul 22, 2014

Ewa Olszowa wrote:

Hi,
At the end of the day you are the one who issues the invoice.
If you are not a HST payer, you just issue the invoice for the total amount without breaking the amount into the cost+HST. You may indicate in the heading of your invoice that your HST/GST number is 0 - means you have none.
Now, it is between you and your client if you charge them $100 or $114 - in any case it will be a full amount.
Regards,
Ewa

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]


You cannot simply charge HST if you are not registered for HST. You just charge your invoice without.


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Fang Liang
Canada
Local time: 01:00
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Thanks Jul 23, 2014

Thank you Ewa.

Ewa Olszowa wrote:

Hi,
At the end of the day you are the one who issues the invoice.
If you are not a HST payer, you just issue the invoice for the total amount without breaking the amount into the cost+HST. You may indicate in the heading of your invoice that your HST/GST number is 0 - means you have none.
Now, it is between you and your client if you charge them $100 or $114 - in any case it will be a full amount.
Regards,
Ewa

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]

[Edited at 2014-07-11 21:09 GMT]


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Fang Liang
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Thank you guys. Jul 23, 2014

It's pretty clear now. I should only charge $100 before I register to be a HST payer.

Thanks a lot for your help.


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