B.C. provincial sales tax (PST)

Find essential information for B.C. businesses, real property contractors and consumers about the PST, including requirements, registration, payments and refunds.

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The B.C. provincial sales tax (PST) is a retail sales tax that applies when a taxable good or service is purchased, acquired or brought into B.C. for use in B.C., unless a specific exemption applies. 

Your business may be required to collect PST.

If your business is required to register, you must charge and collect PST at the time the tax is payable, unless a specific exemption applies.

You report and pay the PST you collect as well as the PST you may owe on items you use in your business. Generally, the rate of PST is 7% on the purchase or lease price of goods and services, with some exceptions. 

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I need information about the PST for those who are... 

New to PST in B.C.

If you're a new business owner or thinking of starting a new business and need to know more about the PST, here’s where to begin.

PST-registered small businesses

If you're registered for the PST and need to know about what to charge and collect or how to report and pay, visit these pages.


Accountants and tax professionals

If you're an accountant or other tax professional seeking information about the PST, visit these pages.

Moving to B.C.

If you're moving to B.C. and planning to start a new business or move an existing business to B.C., more information is available here.

Out-of-province businesses

If you're an out-of-province business owner who has to remit PST for a B.C. business, you’ll need to know the following information.

 


Refunds

If you overpaid PST or paid PST in error, you may be eligible for a refund of the PST you paid.

Audits

The Ministry of Finance conducts audits to identify and collect unpaid provincial revenue. Learn more on our Audits for PST page and in this Audits publication (CTB 003) (PDF). If you have not charged, collected, remitted or paid PST as required, you must disclose the liability and pay any overdue amounts, plus applicable interest. Refer to voluntary disclosure in the Small business guide to PST (PDF).

Appeals

If you believe an error was made in an assessment, a disallowed refund or other decision made by the Ministry of Finance, you may be able to appeal. Learn more on our Appeals for PST page and in this Appeals publication (GEN 002) (PDF).


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