The general business PST enquiry lines will be open during the Easter weekend: Saturday, March 30 through Monday, April 1 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The convenient online eTaxBC PST registration tool at – www.gov.bc.ca/eTaxBC/register – lets businesses register online from anywhere at any time.
A new outreach program is being developed that will allow a business to have a ministry PST specialist do a general review of their accounts and systems to ensure they are set up properly to collect, report, remit and pay thePST. This program replaces the one-on-one tax specialist consultation program that helped businesses leading up to the transition.
The PST is being re-implemented with all permanent exemptions. Consumers will again not pay PST on purchases like food, restaurant meals, bicycles, gym memberships, movie tickets, and others, nor for personal services like haircuts.
Consumers and businesses can find a general guide to what’s taxable and what’s not at: www.gov.bc.ca/pst
Consumers who feel they have been charged the PST in error should see the retailer or service provider for a refund of the tax, or if the value is more than $10.00, complete the refund form at: www.gov.bc.ca/pst