What Are the Sales Tax Rates in Canada?


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Sales tax rates in Canada vary by province or territory and range from 5 percent to 15 percent, according to Canada Business Network. Alberta, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon Territory have the lowest rate, 5 percent, while Nova Scotia has the highest rate at 15 percent, as of 2015.

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Canada's federal Goods and Services Tax is set at 5 percent, but every province other than Alberta levies an additional sales tax, according to Canada Business Network. Most retail goods are subject to sales tax in Canada. However, child care, health, dental and legal services, as well as basic groceries, prescription drugs and residential rentals, are either exempt from sales tax or taxed at a rate of 0 percent.

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