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Make changes to a GST/HST account

As your business changes and grows, you may need to make changes to your GST/HST account.

Update your account information

Temporarily stop your business operations

Options that may be available to you

You can change certain account options to make it is easier to manage your business taxes in a way that makes sense for you. There is different eligibility criteria for each of these options.

Fiscal year 

You may want to make the following changes to your GST/HST fiscal year:

  • use a calendar fiscal year
  • use a non-calendar fiscal year
  • change your previously chosen GST/HST fiscal year

If you qualify, you can make changes to your GST/HST fiscal year online in My Business Account, or by using Form GST70, Election or Revocation of an Election to Change a GST/HST Fiscal Year.

Reporting period 

You have to send us completed GST/HST returns for each of your reporting periods. That reporting period is usually based on your annual revenue from taxable supplies of property and services made in Canada during the preceding fiscal year.

To make an election to change your reporting period, you have to see if the period is an option available to you.

This chart shows the assigned reporting periods based on your revenues and the options available.

Optional reporting period
Annual Taxable Supplies Assigned reporting period Optional reporting period
$1,500,000 or less Annual Monthly or Quarterly
More than $1,500,000 up to $6,000,000 Quarterly Monthly
More than $6,000,000 Monthly Nil
Charities Annual Monthly or Quarterly
Listed Financial Institutions (except if deemed to be a listed financial institution) Annual Monthly or Quarterly
Calculating your total revenue

When calculating annual taxable supplies, include:

When calculating annual taxable supplies do not include:

  • supplies made outside Canada
  • zero-rated exports of property and services
  • zero-rated supplies of financial services
  • exempt supplies
  • taxable sales of capital real property
  • supplies of goodwill

If you qualify, you can make changes to your GST/HST reporting period online in My Business Account or by using Form GST20, Election for GST/HST Reporting Period.

If you are a listed financial institution, and you want to revoke a previously made election to file monthly or quarterly, use Form GST20-1, Notice of Revocation of an Election for GST/HST Reporting Period by a Listed Financial Institution.

Accounting periods 

Some businesses use accounting periods that are different from calendar months or quarters for tax reporting purposes.

If your business wants to use accounting periods instead of calendar months or quarters to file GST/HST returns, you need to get approval from us before the first day of each fiscal year to which the accounting periods relate. To do this, use our online services at My Business Account or Represent a Client, or send us the completed Form GST71, Notification of Accounting Periods for GST/HST, or a written request before the beginning of each fiscal year.

Usually, your accounting periods have to meet the following guidelines:

  • Each fiscal month has to be shorter than 36 days and, except for the first and the last month in a fiscal quarter, longer than 27 days. You can apply to have one fiscal month per quarter that is longer than 35 days. You can also apply to have fiscal months, other than the first or last month of the quarter, that are shorter than 28 days.
  • A fiscal quarter has to be shorter than 120 days and, except for the first and last fiscal quarters in the fiscal year, longer than 83 days.

If you do not notify us of your accounting periods, we will assign calendar months and calendar quarters, and you will have to wait until your next fiscal year to have the option to choose your accounting periods.

Important 

You have to file a new notification for each fiscal year for which you want to use your accounting periods. If you do not tell us your accounting periods, we will revert your GST/HST return and payment due dates to calendar months or calendar quarters, as appropriate.

 

Branches or divisions

You may want to keep track of your GST/HST accounts separately if your business has any of the following:

  • more than one location
  • more than one business activity (for example, gas station and pizza parlour)
  • offices in different provinces
  • divisions
  • different departments (for example, manufacturing and sales)

To qualify to file separately, your branches or divisions have to be separately identified either by their location or the nature of their activities. They must also keep separate records. The branches and divisions have to keep the same reporting periods as the parent company.

How to apply or revoke
If you are Explanation You need to use the following form
Most business

Although you have to register your business as a single entity, as the head office, you can apply for, or revoke, the authorization for:

  • your branches or divisions to file their own GST/HST returns
  • an eligible public service body that is entitled to rebates to file separate rebate applications for your branches or divisions
Form GST10, Application or Revocation of the Authorization to File Separate GST/HST Returns and Rebate Applications for Branches or Divisions
Unincorporated organization

This application may be made jointly by one unincorporated organization and another unincorporated organization that is a member of the main organization. 

Form GST32, Application to Deem One Unincorporated Organization to Be a Branch of Another Unincorporated Organization
Public service body

If your public service body has branches or divisions, you may also apply to have each branch or division with $50,000 or less in annual taxable supplies designated as a small supplier division.

Form GST31, Application by a Public Service Body to Have Branches or Divisions Designated as Eligible Small Supplier Divisions

 

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