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As an independent contractor I charge GST for my services. When I travel outside of my home area for work I charge a per diem to cover meals and incidental expenses that are not itemized. It is a flat fee. I include this as a line item on my invoice and report it as income to the CRA. Am I required (should) I charge GST on my per diems as I do on my day rates and hourly rates?

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No, you charge GST only for your service and sales:

GST/HST overview

But anyway it's better to call Revenue or ask accountant for confirmation.

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