Charging and collecting PST

Last updated on April 9, 2024

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
    • Online marketplace 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 B.C. areas that participate in the MRDT program.

Learn more about when to charge and collect PST (PDF, 264KB).

Read more about industry specific information below.

PST information by industry

Industry Related information
Accommodation and food services
Energy and natural resources
Farming and fishing
Land and buildings
Motor vehicles

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.

Learn more about reporting and paying tax.

Report suspected tax non-compliance

If you know or suspect a person or business isn’t complying with B.C. tax laws, you can anonymously report them using the online tip form.

Submit an online tip

You can also submit a tip over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-877-977-0858

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