HST and Private Sale of Vehicle

(Ontario, Canada)

Private Sale of a Vehicle in Ontario and HST Rules

Private Sale of a Vehicle in Ontario and HST Rules

As a sole proprietor in Ontario do I collect HST as part of the sale when I sell a vehicle (used both personally and in the business) to a private citizen?

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I am not up to speed on how Ontario handles private vehicle sales ... but I did find a link that I think will be useful to you:

Ontario's Mintry of Finance
Private Sales of Used Motor Vehicles


It has not been updated for the HST changes yet but I'm sure you can contact them at the number provided for more up-to-date information.

BC has update their website to reflect HST. Ontario's policy is likely similar but you can't take it as a given. Here is BC's link:

Private Sales of Vehicles, Boats and Aircraft


I also found a CRA publication that you may find useful:

RC 4100 Harmonized Sales Tax and the Provincial Motor Vehicle Tax


Based on my quick research, I'd say you do have to collect HST if the business is a GST/HST registrant.

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Feb 14, 2012
How to Record the Loss of a Vehicle
by: Becky, Ontario, Canada

Hi there,

If a vehicle was purchased 5 years ago and is being amortized over 5 years but only lasts 3 years, how do I record the loss of that vehicle and the amortization associated with it?

Thank you.

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Hey Becky,

I'm giving you the link for the journal entries on the sale of the asset.

I believe you will need to be a newsletter subscriber to see the entries.

Post back if it doesn't make sense.

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