You are not required to collect GST or QST on zero-rated supplies you make, since these supplies are taxable at the rate of 0% under the GST and the QST systems.
This means that you are not entitled to an input tax credit (ITC) or an input tax refund (ITR) with respect to a zero-rated good or service that you acquire in the course of your commercial activities, since neither the GST nor the QST are collected on the supply of such a good or service. However, you may be entitled to an ITC or an ITR if you acquire a taxable good or service in order to make zero-rated supplies.
Zero-rated supplies include the following:
- sales of certain prescription drugs;
- sales of certain medical devices;
- sales of basic groceries;
- sales of certain property used in the farming and fishing sectors;
- sales of certain goods that are marketed exclusively for feminine hygiene purposes;
- sales of certain goods or services exported outside Canada, or outside Québec, for QST purposes (for more information, refer to Exports);
- the provision of certain passenger or freight transportation services;
- sales of printed books that have an International Standard Book Number (ISBN), under the QST system only.