Sales tax calculator

As a business owner, it’s important that you collect the correct amount of sales tax from your buyers. Use this calculator to figure out the different rates within each Canadian province.

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Our Sales tax calculator is currently available for US residents only

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What is a sales tax?

In Canada, a Provincial Sales Tax (P.S.T.) is levied by the provinces. There are also two taxes levied by the federal government: Harmonized Sales Tax (H.S.T.) and Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.) The G.S.T. rate is 5%. In the U.S., there’s no national sales tax. Forty-five states and the District of Columbia levy general sales taxes that apply to the sale or lease of most goods and some services. Within the U.S. the definitions of retail sales and taxable items vary among the states.

Helpful tips

  • Within the U.S. many states require individuals and businesses who regularly make sales to register with the state.
  • Within Canada, you need to register your business for a GST/HST account. Once you begin collecting GST/HST, you need to inform your customers via receipts or invoices.
  • A Wave account comes with free, unlimited invoicing that you can customize for each client.
  • Did you know that you can run both simple and in-depth Sales Tax Reports by using Wave's free accounting software?
  • Check out our other accounting tools that can help you calculate cash flow, budget, burn rate, and more!

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Wave makes money through our optional, paid money management products. Depending on your business needs, you can choose to pay for online payment processing, payroll, and 1:1 advisors. This allows our core software—invoicing, accounting, and business banking (currently only available to sole proprietors in the US)—to always be free.

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We provide different levels of support for customers who use different parts of Wave. Full details on how Wave support works are available here.

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