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New QST requirements for E-commerce businesses outside of Québec

Under the current Québec sales tax (QST) legislation, businesses based in Québec must be registered and must remit provincial sales tax. However, businesses who do not have a physical establishment in the province but who are selling goods / services to Québec consumers  via online sales are not currently required to register and remit QST. 

Many Québec-based businesses feel that this has created a competitive disadvantage, and as a result, effective September 1st, 2019, certain e-commerce businesses outside Québec will be required to register for the QST using a dedicated online service. 

As a small business owner you may want to retain some of your recipient’s information (as per PIPEDA, or as per your provincial privacy laws), in order to demonstrate whether or not the goods / services were delivered to a Québec consumer. 

For further help and information, please contact your CFIB Business Counsellor at 1-888-234-2232) or by email at cfib@cfib.ca.

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