Tax memo: Returning to B.C.’s Provincial Sales Tax

Transitional rules for new housing

Memo No.: 2012-05

On February 17, 2012, British Columbia announced transitional rules to mitigate potential double taxation on new housing, because of the return to the 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) on April 1, 2013. Purchasers, vendors and builders could be affected significantly.

The transitional rules stem from the August 26, 2011 provincial referendum, which caused British Columbia to commit to revoke the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and reinstate its PST. They await legislative approval. This Tax memo outlines the details.