Businesses that want to learn about returning to PST can take part in interactive webinars running twice a week until March 28. Businesses that are required to collect PST must register by April 1. Webinars will cover the general principles of the PST and the new eTaxBC online business registration service. A schedule of upcoming webinars is online: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach. Government is reaching out to businesses across B.C. to ensure they have the support they need to make a smooth transition back to the PST on April 1.
Additional tools and services available to help businesses prepare for the re-implementation of the PST include:
- One-on-one consultations with a government tax specialist.
- In-person seminars covering the general principles of the PST and eTaxBC.
- PST bulletins and notices.
- Returning to the PST – An Overview for Business
- PST in B.C. Online Registration
Businesses with questions about the PST can call our toll-free help line – 1 877 388-4440 or email questions to CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca
Final regulations and legislation to re-implement the PST on April 1 are now available.
- Businesses that sell or lease taxable goods, or sell software or taxable services in B.C. must register to obtain a new PST number, even if they have an old PST number.
Businesses can register three ways:
- Online – go to: www.gov.bc.ca/etaxbc/register
- In person – go to the nearest Service BC Centre. See locations at: www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/ – or visit our office at 1802 Douglas St. in Victoria.
- By mail or fax – complete the Application for Registration for
Provincial Sales Tax (FIN 418) found at: www.gov.bc.ca/pst (Go to
- Forms and Publications.)
- A new PST number will be assigned once the business registration application is processed.
- Register for the next webinar by completing the online registration form: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach
- View the presentation from previous webinar sessions:
Learn more about the services available to businesses to support the transition to PST: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach
The following documents are now available at www.gov.bc.ca/pst:
- An unofficial consolidation of the Provincial Sales Tax Act prepared on Feb. 28, 2013.
- PST regulations approved and ordered effective Feb. 28.
- An unofficial consolidation of the Motor Fuel Tax Act prepared on Feb. 28.
- An unofficial consolidation of the New Housing Transition tax and Rebate Act prepared on Feb. 28.