Filing Returns in eTaxBC

You can perform a variety of tasks for filing returns through eTaxBC.

Filing a return

To file a return:

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on File Return for the period you wish to file. If you don’t see the period, click on the More button to show all periods.
  • Complete the return form. If you are filing a PST return and there is no PST collected, select the Nil return box.
  • Click Submit

You can save and finish a return at a later time by clicking on Save and Finish Later. If you do, the return won't be sent to us until you go back and submit it. To complete and submit the return you must:

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on File Return for the period (return status will say Not Submitted)
  • Click on Edit listed under "Status"
  • Complete the return form
  • Click Submit

Changing a return

If your return has already been submitted, you can still make changes, including filing a Nil return. To change a return:

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on the period you want to change. If you don’t see the period, click on the More button to show all periods.
  • Click on the Return link in the Period Activity Section
  • Click on Amend listed under “Status”
  • Make your changes
  • In the Reason for Amendment box, explain why you are changing the return.
  • Click Submit

Cancelling a return

You can only cancel a return if it has a Pending status. To cancel a return:

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on the period you want to cancel. If you don’t see the period, click on the link at the bottom of the page to show all periods
  • Click on the Return link in the Period Activity section
  • Click Withdraw Request
  • Click Yes to Confirm

If you cancel the return, you can file the return again.

Checking if a return has been filed

When you submit a return, you will receive a confirmation number. If you check the confirmation number under the History tab in your account the next day, it will have a Completed status.

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on History

Finding the due date of a return

You can find the due date for each return you file at the top of the page when you open the return.

  • Log on to your eTaxBC account
  • Click on the appropriate account
  • Click on the period you need the due date for. If you don’t see the period, click on the More button to show all periods.
  • Click on File or Amend a Return. If you’ve already filed a return for this period, click View.

The due date will show up on the return worksheet.

Return statuses

Each period has a return status. The return status can be:

  • Overdue: a return for the period has not been filed before its due date. It is now considered late and may be subject to penalties and interest

  • Multiple Returns: there are multiple returns due for the same period

  • Pending: a return has been submitted, but has not yet been processed

  • Processing: a return is being processed through our system or is being reviewed by the program area

  • Completed: a return has been received and processed

  • Withdrawn: a return has been submitted then cancelled

  • Not Submitted: a return for the period has been saved, but not submitted