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What is the GST/HST Netfile system?

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The GST/HST Netfile System is a secure filing service that allows registrants to file their tax returns for the goods and services tax, or GST, and harmonized sales tax, or HST, directly to the Canada Revenue Agency via the Internet. It also allows filing for any eligible rebates, notes the CRA.

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The GST tax applies to most supplies of goods and services made in Canada, states the CRA. This tax also applies to supplies of real property such as land, buildings, and interests in such property, as well as intangible property such as digitized products downloaded from the Internet and paid for by individuals. It also applies to trademarks and the rights to use patents.

The HST tax applies to the same base of goods and services as the GST. Almost all individuals in Canada must pay the GST/HST taxes, with the exception of Indians and certain groups and organizations. There are many advantages to using the GST/HST Netfile System, explains the CRA, which claims that the system is easy, fast and secure, and provides faster refunds and immediate confirmation that information has been received. The GST/HST Netfile System is also available seven days a week. General information and detailed directions for collecting, recording, calculating and remitting taxes via the GST/HST Netfile System is provided by the Canada Revenue Agency.

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