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Getting a business number, and GST number for any canadians.

Author Topic: Getting a business number, and GST number for any canadians.

ralph1977

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I just went through I labor pains of getting a business number and GST number for opening an online store. I live in Alberta and just thought I'd post the steps to get a BN#, GST#, and setting up business name or trade name for your company. Here is the link for the government of canada website to download the form for the BN#, and GST#.  http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/bsnss/tpcs/bn-ne/rgstr/cmpltng/menu-eng.html or what I found to be easier is just to call them. 1-800-959-5525 If you call and set it up yourself its free. Other wise if you go through a third party it costs money.

To register your trade name or company name as a sole proprieter you have to go through a third party registration agent. Same place you go when you have to renew your car licsense plates every year. They will charge you any where from 30-50 dallors for the service, and the government charges another 35 dallors on top of that. If you happen to be a member of AMA road side assistance. They will do it for you and it cost just a flat fee of 48 dallors. I got my company name registered throught AMA.

Now I can't speak for the rest of Canada, but I live in the county of strathcona, and I had to get a development permit from them to start an online home business, and that costs 250.00 dallors.

I hope that helps someone.

the_sLiDe

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Hi,

Did you have to get a US tax ID as well?

Thanks.

mamabas

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I can tell you're not from BC, no mention of the HST... lol

Are you selling in Canada and using Canadian suppliers?

I found it made more sense for me to create a US business entity, since I am selling mainly to the US. I do have a Canadian business entity from being in retail, but have not had to use it at all, and hope not to.

Out of curiosity, why did you set up in Alberta rather than as a US company??

 

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