Nova Scotia Sales Tax (HST) Calculator 2021

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Sales Taxes in Nova Scotia

Nova Scotia is one of the provinces in Canada that charges a Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) of 15%. The HST is applied to most goods and services, although there are some categories that are exempt or rebated from the HST.

The HST was adopted in Nova Scotia on July 1st, 2010. The HST is made up of two components: an 10% provincial sales tax and a 5% federal sales tax.

PST (10%) $5.00
+GST (5%) $2.50
=HST (15%) $7.50
Total After Taxes$57.50

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Nova Scotia Rebates and Exemptions to the HST

Most exemptions and rebates to the federal 5% portion of the HST also apply to the provincial 10% portion. There are also categories of goods and services that are not charged the provincial portion of HST. These rebates and exemptions are separate from the ones granted on a national level.

These categories include:

  1. Feminine hygiene products
  2. Books, including audiobooks
  3. Children’s clothing and footwear
  4. Diapers

Nova Scotia First Nations and HST

Registered First Nations granted rebates on both the provincial and federal portions of the HST for products and services bought and used on-reserve. See Source for more information.

Nova Scotia Rebates and Exemptions to the Federal Portion of the HST

There are two types of exemptions for HST: direct exemptions and zero-rated goods and services. The difference is related to how businesses handle costs related to the exemptions, but as a consumer, you would not have to pay HST on items from either category.

    Goods and services that are zero-rated from the federal portion of the HST include:

  • Basic groceries, including meats, fish, cereals, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, coffee, tea. Some foods including snack foods, liquor, and carbonated beverages are charged HST.
  • Prescription drugs, but not any drugs available over-the-counter (OTC).
  • Medical devices
  • Feminine hygiene products

    Goods and services that are directly exempt from the federal portion of the HST include:

  • Residential resales of property that has been previously owned and used
  • Rental accommodations of longer than a month
  • Educational services that lead to a certificate or diploma or are required for a certain practice
  • Medical and dental services
  • Financial services such as bank fees
  • Legal aid services
  • Day-care services

Federal Revenues from Sales Taxes

Sales taxes also contribute to the Canadian government’s budget. The 5% Goods and Services Tax is expected to bring $40.8 billion in tax revenue during the 2019 fiscal year. This amounts to 14.2% of total tax revenue on the federal level. This is almost double the amount Canada spends on national defence every year.

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