HST Coming: Save on Immigration Legal Fees before July 1

Sadly the HST (Harmonized Sales Tax) will become law on July 1, 2010. Worse is that the Ontario government has implemented transition provisions where payments made before July 1 but for services rendered after July 1, 2010 will be subject the HST. The HST, in Ontario, amounts to 13% on top of the cost of goods and services including immigration services.  The soon to be defunct GST amounted only to a 5% surcharge.

The only exemption would be where we are retained by individuals or companies located outside of Canada. In this case, there would be no HST applied on top of legal fees.

So if you are considering hiring an immigration lawyer, now may be the time to do it before the HST comes in to effect.

Any information provided here does not constitute legal advice and is intended for general information only. Should you require legal advise, you are encouraged to contact a lawyer directly. All blog postings are public and are not subject to solicitor/client confidentially. Case results depend on a variety of factors unique to each case, and case results do not guarantee or predict a similar result in any further case undertaken by the lawyer.

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About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the American Bar Association. He is frequently called upon to appear in the media to discuss Canadian and US immigration issues effecting North Americans. He has been interviewed by Canada AM, CTV, Canada News Net, the Globe and Mail and the Toronto Star and has given lectures on immigration topics overseas.

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