What Services Are Now Subject to HST?
Quite a few common services will be affected. Consumers are most likely to notice an increase in the price of gasoline and heating fuels. Electricity will no longer be exempt from provincial sales tax, nor will tobacco. Personal services like haircuts, membership fees for clubs and gyms, magazines, and taxi fares will all be affected.
With regard to services associated with buying a home or home ownership items such as renovation services, legal fees, real estate agent commissions, landscaping, land survey reports, home inspections and cleaning – will all be subject to the new HST.
Only newly constructed or substantially renovated homes will be subject to HST.
Here’s a list of common products and services that were subject to 5% GST before July 1, 2010, but will
be charged 13% HST in Ontario after July 1st:
- Dry cleaning
- Electricity and heating
- Internet access services
- Home service calls (i.e. electrician, plumber, carpenter)
- Landscaping, lawn care and private snow removal
- Hotel rooms
- Camping sites
- Domestic air rail and bus travel originating in Ontario
- Magazine subscriptions
- Home renovations (i.e. installation for a new kitchen, or painting services)
- Real estate commissions
- Massage therapy
- Green fees for golf
- Gym membership fees
- Sports and leisure lessons/classes (i.e. dance, karate, hockey, soccer, sewing, etc) (some exemptions apply)
- Hall rental fees
- Fitness trainer
- Hair stylist
- Esthetician services
- Funeral fees
- Legal fees
- Cigarettes and other tobacco purchases
- Nicotine replacement products