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HST

Effective July 1, 2010, the governments of British Columbia and Ontario will harmonise their respective provincial taxes with the federal sales tax to create one harmonised sales tax. This change in government regulation requires Moneris Solutions to comply with the changes and apply the appropriate harmonised sales tax on the goods and services provided to merchants.

If you are currently paying GST and PST or GST/PST only, you will likely be subject to the HST taxation. If your business is currently exempt from GST or PST, you may be exempt from the new HST. If you believe you may qualify for an HST exemption, please contact us with the appropriate exemption documentation.

For more information on the HST, visit the CRA Website.

Frequently Asked Questions About the HST

Why is Moneris charging HST instead of GST and/or PST?

The governments of British Columbia and Ontario have agreed to harmonise their respective provincial taxes with the federal sales tax to create a harmonised sale tax. The impact of this decision requires Moneris to comply with the rule changes and to apply the appropriate harmonised sales tax on the goods and services provided to merchants.

I should be exempt from paying GST and/or PST, why am I now paying HST?

There are only specific circumstances where a merchant will be exempt from paying HST. If your business is currently exempt from paying GST or PST, they may be exempt from paying HST. However each merchant situation is unique and your business will need to assess whether HST is applicable and provide Moneris with the appropriate exemption documentation. If you are currently paying GST or PST, it is very likely that you will be subject to HST.

What kind of documentation is required for an HST exemption?

Visit the CRA website for more information on who is exempt from GST/HST and what documentation is required.

Are Moneris' competitors also charging their merchants HST?

While we cannot comment on our competitors’ practices, but if HST is applicable, all businesses in that participating province are responsible to charge HST and remit to the government.

Do I need to program my POS solution/terminal to reflect the new taxes?

Stand-Alone Terminals - Merchants who have a stand-alone terminal(s) are not required to make any changes as the terminal does not calculate tax. ESP/IVR - Merchants who are processing using IVR or ESP are not required to make any changes. The Moneris Product team have made the necessary changes to the back-end and will be sending out a communication to these merchants. Morris - Merchants who are processing using Morris have been advised by the Moneris Product team that they must make changes to their Morris system to reflect the new taxes. VARS - Merchants who are processing using a VAR may need to make changes to their system and should contact their VAR for more information.

  • Stand-Alone Terminals - Merchants who have a stand-alone terminal(s) are not required to make any changes as the terminal does not calculate tax.
  • ESP/IVR - Merchants who are processing using IVR or ESP are not required to make any changes. The Moneris Product team have made the necessary changes to the back-end and will be sending out a communication to these merchants.
  • Morris - Merchants who are processing using Morris have been advised by the Moneris Product team that they must make changes to their Morris system to reflect the new taxes.
  • VARS - Merchants who are processing using a VAR may need to make changes to their system and should contact their VAR for more information.

My business has multiple locations in different provinces, will I be charged HST for all locations?

Although a business has multiple locations in different provinces, only those locations located in a participating province, i.e., Ontario, British Columbia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia, will be charged HST.