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Do you charge hst when accepting deposits

We are a construction company that takes upfront deposits before we start a job.  So I make up a Sales Receipt for the 25% deposit.  Am I supposed to charge HST on the deposit, or wait until I do up a final invoice and subtract the deposit from the total?

Best answer 03-12-2019 06:24 AM

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No, GSt is not collected on a deposit or prepayment. If u...

No, GSt is not collected on a deposit or prepayment. If unsure, check the CRA website for guidance.

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Re: when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is coll...

I'd like to provide how an estimate works, Diane18.

 

An estimate is a non-posting transaction. You create this when you give your customer a quote or proposal for the work you plan to do. After you're done with the work or if you're ready to bill your customer, you'll add the data from the estimate to an invoice.

 

Thus said, you're unable to record a deposit against an estimate. You can record it against the invoice. You shouldn't cancel the HST on the invoices since it won't calculate on the estimates.

 

I've got you articles for your reference: 

If you have further question, please leave a comment below. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

 

 

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No, GSt is not collected on a deposit or prepayment. If u...

No, GSt is not collected on a deposit or prepayment. If unsure, check the CRA website for guidance.

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Generally, sales tax is not charged on an initial deposit...

Generally, sales tax is not charged on an initial deposit or pre-payment. Sales  tax is, however, charged on subsequent Draws.

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That's what I thought but wasn't sure.  Thanks

That's what I thought but wasn't sure.  Thanks
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This is very helpful. I have a client who has a decoratin...

This is very helpful. I have a client who has a decorating business. She takes a 75% deposit which is higher than most. I feel like the HST should be charged on this? thoughts?
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That is a large deposit.  I would make up an invoice with...

That is a large deposit.  I would make up an invoice with HST and deduct the 75% off the total - not the subtotal.  That's what I would do but I don't know if that's correct or not.
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That is NOT correct. What you should do is: when the job...

That is NOT correct. What you should do is: when the job is completed, create an invoice for the entire project, applying the correct sales Tax Item to the entire invoice. Then, apply the credit created by the  75% Deposit to the gross amount. that will leave you with a balance payable, including GST.
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ok thanks for the information. This all came up when she...

ok thanks for the information. This all came up when she was working on her HST return. She files quarterly. From what I can gather from your responses, she shouldn't be charging/collecting the HST until the job is complete - and thus filing that HST in the quarter when the job is done, not when she takes the deposit. Is this correct?
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To impossible - that makes more sense.  Thank you!

To impossible - that makes more sense.  Thank you!
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when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is coll...

when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is collected when an invoice is issued, regardless of whether the job is complete or not.
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Re: when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is coll...

I must be doing something wrong then.  I always create an estimate which includes the HST.  When the client puts a 25% deposit down, I create an invoice and it gets deducted from the estimate but an invoice always calculates the HST so I'll have to cancel the HST on the invoices.  Or is there another way of recording a deposit against an estimate?

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Re: when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is coll...

I'd like to provide how an estimate works, Diane18.

 

An estimate is a non-posting transaction. You create this when you give your customer a quote or proposal for the work you plan to do. After you're done with the work or if you're ready to bill your customer, you'll add the data from the estimate to an invoice.

 

Thus said, you're unable to record a deposit against an estimate. You can record it against the invoice. You shouldn't cancel the HST on the invoices since it won't calculate on the estimates.

 

I've got you articles for your reference: 

If you have further question, please leave a comment below. We'll get back to you as soon as we can. 

 

 

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Re: when a Deposit is collected, there is no HST. HST is coll...

Hi Kristine - We receive upfront deposits before invoicing.  I have to record the deposit so I open an invoice against the estimate for the amount of the deposit only.  I think what I'll have to do is create an invoice for the total of the estimate, then record the deposit against the invoice.  It looks like I have no need to create estimates. 

Thank you for your input.