How To Register Your Business Number In Canada

How To Register Your Business Number In Canada
You can Register For A Business Number online, by mail, fax or by telephone. For those operating in Québec, go to Businesses operating in Québec and GST/HST program accounts.

To Register For A Business Number Online

Best for businesses with simple registration requirements.

You can use Business Registration Online to get a business number. It is also possible for you to register for one or more of the most common Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) program accounts:

  • GST/HST program account (RT)
  • payroll deductions program account (RP)
  • import-export program account (RM)
  • corporation income tax program account (RC)

To Register For A Business Number By Mail or by Fax

If you only want a business number, use Business Registration Online instead.

To print a form, go to Form RC1, ask for a business number and certain program accounts or, to order a form, go to “Get a form or publications.”

Fill in form RC1. Upon completion of the form, mail or fax it to your tax service office or tax centre closer to you.

Register By phone

To get a business number and register for CRA program accounts by phone, please call us via our Business enquiries line at 1-800-959-5525. In the case of hours of service, go to Hours of telephone service. If you just want a business number, use Business Registration Online (above) instead.

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Before calling, be ready to answer all the questions in Part A of Form RC1, Request for a business number and certain program accounts, and any other questions in the form about the CRA program accounts you want to open.

Business Operating In Quebec And GST/HST Program Account

In Quebec, Revenu Québec generally administers the GST/HST. For those have their physical location of your business in Quebec, they have to file their returns with Revenu Québec using its forms, unless you are someone that is a selected listed financial institution (SLFI) for GST/HST or QST purposes or both.

You can also see here for Citizenship Identification Documents In Canada.

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