(Closed) avoiding HST (ontario)

posted 12 years ago in Toronto
Post # 3
3 posts
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’m so mad about this.  Okay, not mad, but annoyed.  My wedding is in December so I’m pretty sure I won’t be able to avoid those charges.  I suspect that if you pay in full early you might be able to avoid the HST…


Post # 4
48 posts
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’ve had this discussion and a few vendors will allow me to not pay HST on anything that is paid prior to July 1st. My Fiance and I were discussing it and considering that we don’t have all our cash right now to pay upfront, the difference of paying an additional 7% isn’t worth the interest that you have to carry until you have the cash to pay it in full. If you’re in a position to pay for things now, go for it, I am sure that most vendors would allow upfront payment for anything that is not  variable cost.

Post # 6
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Tell me about it…weddings are expensive enough without adding an additional 8% on top of everything!

Unfortunately, there’s no way to avoid it other than paying in full before July 1. That’s what I’ve done with my DJ and what I intend to do with any other vendors that don’t already charge both PST and GST. In my experience though, most already charge both taxes (florist, decorator, photobooth rental etc.) so there are only a few areas for savings, but nonetheless they’re substantial enough that I’m going to prepay for all of them.

Post # 7
32 posts
  • Wedding: July 2010

what weve been doing is cash deals… hard though because 2 weeks before the date,you gota pay all in cash.. We didnt do this for the hall,way to much money but for this like flowers, DJ etc. all cash, that way we save the HST

Post # 8
3579 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I am going to try and pay off most vendors prior to July 1st for this reason!

Ugh – so annoying – just another thing to worry and think about!

Post # 9
369 posts
Helper bee

I’m having this same problem in Vancouver.  We asked our vendor if there was a way we could pay early, but they said no, and that there was no way aroung the HST.  Sucks!!

Post # 10
2220 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

Teala is right… this is going to affect BC brides as well! Grrr, the taxes have doubled… just another reason I’m glad I’m moving to the US once I’m married. BC keeps getting more & more expensive.  

The worst part is that the prices keep rising, but British Columbia currently has the lowest minimum wage rate in Canada. $8.00/hr!! I have NO IDEA how people can even survive on such a low wage when 2 chicken breasts cost $13.00, cheese costs $7.99 a bag and rent is $1500 for a 2 bedroom apartment.

Shame on the BC & Ontario government.

As for avoiding it, you really can’t unless you pay in full ahead of time on your reception costs. We can’t pay ahead of time because we don’t know our final head count… le sigh. Our wedding was scheduled for July 10, haha this is just another kick in the gut! We could have had added an extra night to our honeymoon if we didn’t push it back to October & if we didn’t have to pay 12% tax on the food!

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