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How do I pay GST, HST or QST owing by instalments?

The government requires that certain businesses prepay sales tax in regular instalments. (Check with your accountant or the CRA to see what rules apply to you.)

When you make one of the instalment payments, you do not create a sales tax return each time. For GST, HST, or QST, you write a cheque and use the Items tab to mark it as a sales tax instalment.

Estimated Time: 15 minutes

  1. From the Banking menu, choose Write Cheques.

  2. Click the Pay to the Order of drop-down arrow and choose the sales tax agency, such as Receiver General.

  3. Enter Instalment, the dates you are remitting for and your sales tax registration number in the Memo field.

  4. Select the Items tab in the detail area below the cheque.

  5. In the first blank line, click the Item drop-down arrow and select the instalment sales tax item, such as "GST instalments" or "QST instalments".

    The Description and Customer fields fill in automatically. Check that the tax agency in the Customer field matches the one in the Pay to the Order of field.

  6. In the Amount field, enter the amount of this instalment and press Tab on keyboard.

    The amount transfers from the detail area to the cheque.

  7. Click Save & Close.

When you file your sales tax return at the end of your sales tax year, you will see this payment included on the instalment line of the return.


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