Register for Employer Health Tax

Employers with B.C. remuneration above the exemption amount in a calendar year must register for the employer health tax. The exemption amount is $1,500,000 per calendar year for registered charitable or non-profit employers. For all other employers the exemption amount is $500,000 per calendar year.

If you are associated with other employers, you must share the $500,000 exemption amount. If you begin or cease to have a permanent establishment in B.C. during the calendar year, the exemption amount is prorated. Registered charitable or non-profit employers don’t have to share the exemption amount if they are associated with other employers.

If you have recently amalgamated, or are planning to amalgamate, please contact us at 1 877 387-3332 or ITBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca for more information. 

How to Register?

Employers who are taxable will first need to register for an employer health tax account using eTaxBC. The registration process will take approximately 10 to 20 minutes.

To register, all applicants will require the follow information:

  • Your federal business number (BN)
  • A mailing address and business location address (if different)
  • The date your permanent establishment started in B.C. (if later than December 31, 2017)
  • Your incorporation number and date, if your business is incorporated

Some applicants will require additional documentation:

  • Registered Charity
    • Registered Charity Number
  • Incorporated outside of B.C.
    • A copy of your incorporation documents
  • Partnership
    • A copy of your partnership agreement

Watch the Employer Health Tax Registration Tutorial video for step by step instructions. 

Once your registration is processed, you will receive an employer health tax account number in the mail. An employer health tax account number is 11-characters long and will be in the following format: EHT-1234-5678.

Note: If your online application contains errors, the application will be processed manually. This will delay the time it takes for you to receive your registration number.

Once you have your employer health tax account number, enrol for access to eTaxBC to manage your account, file returns and make payments online. If you already have an eTaxBC account, log on and add access to your employer health tax account

Watch the Employer Health Tax Enrolment Tutorial video for step by step instructions. 

When am I required to register by?

If you must pay an instalment for employer health tax in the 2019 calendar year, you must register by May 15, 2019.

All other employers that are required to register must register by December 31, 2019.