Manual Bookkeeping Entry for GST/HST Refund

by Angela
(Ottawa, Ontario)

According to your topic "Recording GST/HST Using Manual Accounting Systems", the information provided is super, except for the last paragraph which leaves me puzzled.

It says if I receive a refund from CRA, I would DR Cash (good) and CR GST/HST Payable (??).

If I have a CR account in the GST/HST Payable account, then I owe CRA GST. If I repost a CR to this account, then it seems as though I still owe that money. Wouldn't a refund go in, maybe, a Rebate account, rather than the Payable account? or am I missing something?

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Hi Angela,

Thanks is a great question!

What you are forgetting is that when you sent in your report to CRA, you made a debit entry to the GST/HST Payable for the amount of the refund.

Once you get your refund, the credit to the GST/HST Payable clears that receivable you set up.

Does that makes sense?

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Apr 04, 2011
Manual Bookkeeping Entry for GST/HST Refund
by: Angela

Yes. I get it. Thanks!

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