Carpenters in Alberta

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Posted by: from Edmonton
6/3/2016 at 1:19:12 AM

I'm a red seal journeyman carpenter living in alberta and am wanting to start sub contracting myself out. Just wondering if anyone knows the process? Do I need to get a GST and business number?

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Enrique from EZ Home Improvement in Edmonton
Date/Time6/3/2016 at 9:19:38 AM

Must builders / companies will require it in order to hire you.

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Date/Time6/3/2016 at 1:18:57 PM

You will need a Gst number but might not have to remit until annually or bi-annually depending on the amount you collect. The process is simple though. Getting a business number though is important and so is liability insurance. You also will want to do all this as you can then write off tools and expenses against your company income (your personal income).


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Date/Time6/3/2016 at 1:37:12 PM

As a Sole Proprietor ( Red Seal) myself since 1996 here in Ontario, Yes if you plan to make more then $ 50,000 a year, you will require a GST/HST ( Same thing ) Number. This is your "BIN " Business Identification Number in order to claim HST from your Clients.

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Americo from Amcor Group Inc in Keswick
Date/Time6/3/2016 at 2:43:01 PM

Yes in order for a contractor to hire you.

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Date/Time6/4/2016 at 7:32:44 PM

Hello Andrew,

Congratulations! I was very excited when I received my carpenters license in 1991.

Speaking from experience, you will benift most by paying a seasoned chartered accountant that handles small business accounts, pay him for an hour of his time, he will advise you as to what you really need. The Ministries online info can be difficult to understand as a new comer. Chartered accountants will know what you need now and when your business grows. Good Luck! Walter.

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