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Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)

New: Additional Revenue Tax Guides have been added to help you prepare for the HST


New: HST - Preparedness Checklist for Island Businesses:

With the harmonized sales tax (HST) implementation date now only a short while away, businesses are encouraged to plan ahead and allocate sufficient lead time to make any changes to their accounting systems, point-of-sale systems, and other systems that may be necessary to accommodate the HST. Although the HST implementation date is April 1, 2013, the HST may apply to some payments that become due or are paid on or after February 1, 2013.


Prince Edward Island implemented the harmonized sales tax (HST), effective April 1, 2013.

The combined HST rate is 14%. The provincial rate is 9% plus the federal rate of 5%. 

Harmonizing the sales tax will make PEI more competitive and attract more investment and jobs. It will also help to protect important public services like health care and education.

Government was not willing to commit to harmonization until it could be sure that low and modest income Islanders were protected from potential impacts. Low and modest income households are on average protected from tax increases, as a result of the introduction of HST.  This is achieved through mitigation initiatives including a reduction in the base consumption tax rate on PEI from 15.5% to 14%, point of sale rebate on heating oil, children’s clothing, children’s footwear, and books as well as the creation of the Prince Edward Island Sales Tax Credit (PEISTC) rebate program.

Learn more about the HST

What's taxable and what's not?

Learn more about how HST will work for businesses and for families

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Canada Revenue Agency - Changes to the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST)


HST is a tax administered by the federal government through the Canada Revenue Agency. 
If you have specific questions on how the HST applies to your business or whether a good or service is taxable under the HST, you can contact them at 1-800-959-5525 for assistance.
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