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On April 1, 2013, B.C. returns to a provincial sales tax (PST) system.
You need to register to collect PST if you sell or lease taxable goods, or provide software or taxable services in the ordinary course of business in B.C. You may also need to register if you’re located outside the province but make sales in B.C.
You have the following options to register to collect PST:
Registering online is the quickest way to register and in most cases you can receive your PST number the next business day.
When you register, you're assigned a new PST number. The new PST numbers are 11 characters long and are in this format:
If you indicate on your registration that you provide four or more units of accommodation in a B.C. jurisdiction that collects the municipal and regional district tax (MRDT), you'll automatically be set up to collect MRDT. Your PST number also applies to your MRDT return.
In the ordinary course of your business, you:
Businesses previously registered to collect PST or hotel room tax under the Social Service Tax Act and Hotel Room Tax Act need to apply for a new PST registration number.