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Does a registered massage therapist in BC have to charge HST?

By Hank Bulmash |

Judy asked:

Does a registered massage therapist in BC have to charge HST if the treatment is doctor referred for neurological or other medical reasons.

Hank Bulmash answered:

My understanding is that in Canada, before a health profession can be exempted from charging HST the profession must be regulated in a minimum of five provinces. Registered Massage Therapists are a regulated health profession currently in only three Provinces -- Ontario, Newfoundland and British Columbia. Legislation is in progress in several other provinces at various stages. These include Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia.

Until RMTs become regulated in two more provinces, massage therapists are required to charge HST.

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