Charging & Collecting Tax

Businesses that are required to register must charge and collect tax at the time the tax is payable, unless a specific exemption applies to the sale or lease.

PST generally applies to:

  • the purchase or lease of new and used goods in B.C.
  • goods brought, sent or delivered into B.C. for use in B.C.
  • the purchase of:
    • software
    • services to goods such as vehicle maintenance, furniture assembly, computer repair
    • accommodation
    • legal services
    • telecommunication services, including internet services and digital and electronic media content such as music and movies
  • gifts of vehicles, boats and aircraft

Municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) generally applies whenever PST applies to accommodation, but only in jurisdictions that participate in the MRDT program.

Learn more about when to charge and collect PST (PDF).

Read more about industry specific information below.

Retail

Accommodation & Food Services

 

 

 

 

Services

Motor Vehicles

 

Goods

Land & Buildings

Farming & Fishing

Energy & Natural Resources

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Reporting and Paying Tax

You must report and pay (remit) to the government any tax you charge, whether or not you have actually collected it from your customer. You must remit all tax charged within a reporting period no later than the last day of the month following the reporting period.