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What's Taxable Under the HST and What's Not?

Answering your questions about Ontario's Harmonized Sales Tax

Here are examples of common products and services and how they will be affected by the HST.

1 Although sales tax on alcohol is decreasing, other alcohol fees and taxes are changing to continue to support social responsibility.

CLOTHING AND FOOTWEAR:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Adult Clothing

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Children's Clothing

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Shoe Repair Service

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Children's Footwear

5%

No RST if $30 or less

No for footwear up to size 6 (remains 5%)

Tailoring Services

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Dry Cleaning Service

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

FOOD AND BEVERAGES:

Did You Know?

6.6 million families and individuals in Ontario will receive sales tax transition benefits in three instalments over one year beginning in June 2010.

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Basic Groceries (e.g., Dairy, Meat, Vegetables, Canned goods)

No GST

No RST

No HST

Snack Foods (e.g., Chips, Pop)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Qualifying Prepared Food and Beverages Sold for $4.00 or Less

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Restaurant Meals for More than $4.00

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Alcoholic Beverages

5%

10-12%

HST 13%1

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HOME SERVICES:

Did You Know?

93 per cent of all homes sold in Ontario, on average, will not be subject to an additional tax amount under HST.

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Cable Television Services

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Cell Phone Services

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Municipal Water

No GST

No RST

No HST

Home Maintenance Equipment

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Home Phone Services

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Home Service Calls to Repair Free-Standing Appliances such as Stoves, Refrigerators, Washers, Dryers, and Televisions

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Home Insurance

No GST

8%

No (remains 8%)

Electricity and Heating (e.g., Natural Gas/Oil for Home)

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Internet Access Services

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Home Service Calls by Electrician/Plumber/Carpenter to Maintain or Repair Furnace, Leaky Faucets, Bathtub, Toilet, Electrical Wiring, etc.

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Landscaping, Lawn-Care and Private Snow Removal

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

ACCOMMODATION AND TRAVEL:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Luggage, Briefcases, Bags, etc.

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Municipal Public Transit

No GST

No RST

No HST

GO Transit

No GST

No RST

No HST

Hotel Rooms

5%

5%

Yes (changes to 13%)

Taxis

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Camping Sites

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Domestic Air, Rail and Bus Travel originating in Ontario

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

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AROUND THE HOUSE:

Did You Know?

The comprehensive tax package provides Ontarians with $11.8 billion in tax relief over three years.

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Cleaning Products

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Laundry Detergent, Fabric Softeners

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Household Furniture

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Refrigerators and Freezers

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Pre-packaged Computer Software

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Books (including Audio Books)

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Newspapers

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Magazines Purchased at Retail

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Office Supplies, Stationary

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Landscaping Materials

Including Sod, Seeds, Plants

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Linens (e.g., Blankets, Towels, Sheets)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Tents, Sleeping Bags, Camping Supplies

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Tools

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Patio Furniture

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Barbeques, Lawnmowers, Snowblowers, Sprinklers

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Toys (e.g., Puzzles, Games, Action Figures, Dolls, Playsets)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Outdoor Play Equipment

(e.g., Swing Set, Sandbox, Slides)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Crafting Supplies

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Building Materials (e.g., Lumber, Concrete Mix)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Magazines Purchased by Subscription

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Home Renovations

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

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MOTORIZED VEHICLES:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Vehicle Parts

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Short-Term Auto Rentals

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Lease of a Vehicle

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Child Car Seats and Booster Seats

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Auto Insurance

No GST

No RST

No HST

Labour Charges to Repair Vehicle

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Oil Change

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Tires

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Window Repair

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Purchase of Vehicle from Dealer

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Boats

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Snowmobiles

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Recreational Vehicles

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Private Resale of Vehicles

No GST

8%

Yes2 (changes to 13%)

Gasoline/Diesel

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

2 HST does not apply; however, Ontario will maintain the RST on private transfers of used vehicles at a rate of 13 per cent to help ensure a level-playing field between sales by dealerships and private sales.

HOME PURCHASES:

GST-taxable before

July 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

New Homes up to $400,000

5%

No RST

No change3

News Homes over $400,000

5%

No RST

Yes3A

Resale Homes

No GST

No RST

No HST

Real Estate Commissions

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

3 The new housing rebate will be 75 per cent of the Ontario component of the HST, up to a maximum of $24,000. The rebate will ensure that buyers of homes priced up to $400,000 will, on average, pay no more tax than under the RST system. However, applicable RST on building supplies is embedded in the price of the home.

3A New homes purchased as primary residences, valued at $400,000 or more will be eligible for the maximum new housing rebate of $24,000.

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HEALTH PRODUCTS AND SERVICES:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Audiologist Services

No GST

No RST

No HST if offered by a practitioner of the service.

Chiropractor Services

No GST

No RST

No HST if offered by a practitioner of the service.

Physiotherapist Services

No GST

No RST

No HST if offered by a practitioner of the service.

Pharmacist Dispensing Fees

No GST

No RST

No HST

Over-the-Counter Medications

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Prescription Drugs

No GST

No RST

No HST

Some Medical Devices

Includes walkers, hearing aids

No GST

No RST

No HST

Prescription glasses/contact lenses

No GST

No RST

No HST

Feminine Hygiene Products

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Adult Incontinence Products

No GST

No RST

No HST

Diapers

5%

No RST

No (remains 5%)

Cosmetics

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Hair Care Products (e.g., Shampoo, Conditioner, Styling Products)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Dental Hygiene Products

(e.g., Toothpaste, Toothbrushes)

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Massage Therapy Services

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Vitamins

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

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MEMBERSHIPS, ENTERTAINMENT AND SPORTS EQUIPMENT:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Admissions to Professional Sporting Events

5%

10%

Combined rate going down to 13% from current 15%

Movie Tickets

5%

10%

Combined rate going down to 13% from current 15%

Music Lessons

No GST

No RST

No HST

Skis and Snowboards

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Hockey Equipment

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Golf Clubs

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Green Fees for Golf

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Gym and Athletic Membership Fees

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Ballet, Karaté, Trampoline, Hockey, Soccer Lessons, etc.

5%

No RST

Yes4 (changes to 13%)

Tickets for Live Theatre with 3,200 Seats or Less

5%

No RST

Yes5 (changes to 13%)

4 HST taxable, although some could be HST-exempt if provided by a public service body to children 14 and under and underprivileged individuals with a disability.

5 HST taxable, although some could be exempt if maximum admission charged by a public service body is $1 or less, if the admissions are made in the course of the fundraising events where charitable receipts for income tax purposes may be issued, or admissions are to amateur performances.

LEASES AND RENTALS:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Condo Fees

No GST6

No RST6

No HST6

Residential Rents

No GST

No RST

No HST

Hockey Rink and Hall Rental Fees

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

6 Residential condo fees charged to residents are exempt; however, purchases by condominium corporations will be subject to HST, if applicable.

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ELECTRONICS:

GST-taxable before

July 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

TVs

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

DVD and Blu-ray Players and Accessories

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

MP3 Players

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Cell Phones, Smart Phones

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Cell phone service

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

CDs, DVDs and Blu-ray discs

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

PROFESSIONAL AND PERSONAL SERVICES:

Did You Know?

Approximately 2.8 million families and individuals would benefit from the proposed Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit, which would provide over $1.2 billion annually in energy and property tax relief.

GST-taxable before

July 1, 2010

RST-taxable before

July 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Child Care Services

No GST

No RST

No HST

Legal Aid

No GST

No RST

No HST

Coffins and Urns Purchased Separately from a Package of Funeral Services

5%

8%

No (remains 13%)

Fitness Trainer

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Hair Stylist/Barber

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Esthetician Services

(e.g. Manicures, Pedicures, Facials)

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Funeral Services

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Legal Fees

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

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TOBACCO:

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Cigarettes and Other Tobacco Purchases

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

Nicotine Replacement Products

5%

No RST

Yes (changes to 13%)

BANKING AND INVESTMENTS:

Did You Know?

In Atlantic Canada, investment in machinery and equipment rose by more than 12 per cent following the move to a harmonized sales tax.

GST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

RST-taxable beforeJuly 1, 2010

Is there a change to the amount of tax payable under the HST?

Mortgage Interest Costs

No GST

No RST

No HST

Most Financial Services

No GST

No RST

No HST

Still Have Questions?

To learn more about the benefits of HST visit www.ontario.ca/taxchange. You can also call 1 800 337-7222, teletypewriter (TTY) 1 800 263-7776.

For more information, you can also contact the Canada Revenue Agency. Visit the CRA website at www.cra.gc.ca/harmonization or call 1 800 959-5525.

© Queen's Printer for Ontario, 2010

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