Optimizing your tax planning: A return to BC PST

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British Columbia (B.C.) Ministry of Finance has stated on numerous occasions that the implementation of the B.C. Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on April 1, 2013, will include all permanent exemptions that were in place under the old Social Service Tax (SST). As a result, the PST Regulation and the Exemption and Refund Regulation are in place to outline exemptions relating to specific consumer products, industry and business, various services and intercompany transactions.

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Indirect taxes, including goods and services taxes (GST), value-added taxes (VAT), severance, property, employment, excise, motor fuels, sales and use taxes, and custom duties are uniquely imposed by a variety of jurisdictions and can be a significant burden for any organization. Our indirect tax professionals at PwC can help in first determining what taxes are imposed by a jurisdiction, whether the activities of a company are enough to subject it to the tax, and how to either structure the company’s activities so as to avoid the tax or help in complying with the filing requirements.

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Tax memo: British Columbia PST regulations released
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Businesses and their advisers have been anxiously awaiting the release of regulations to complete the missing elements, in particular the provisions to reinstate key exemptions that existed under the previous British Columbia Social Service Tax (SST).

Tax memo: Re-implementation of British Columbia Provincial Sales Tax: Transitional rules
Summarizes the rules governing the re-implementation of of PST in BC


On October 15, 2012, the British Columbia government released Notice 2012-010, announcing many new transitional rules concerning the province’s re-implementation of a Provincial Sales Tax (PST). This Tax memo provides a high-level overview of some of the key rules.

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British Columbia PST: an update
A copy of the presentation from the event on April 23, 2013


The presentation covers the background on the issue; how to register and file with the new exemptions; an overview of what is taxed; the exemptions themselves; and the transition rules.