Refunds for PST
Processing Time for Refunds: Due to higher than average numbers of refund applications received by the ministry in recent months, it may take up to 12-16 weeks to process a refund application once it is received by the ministry.
A disruption to postal services could happen as soon as September 26. Time limits still apply so you may want to apply using an option that doesn’t require mail services.
If you overpaid provincial sales tax (PST) or paid PST in error, you may be eligible for a refund of the PST you paid.
Claim a refund by completing the appropriate form to the right. These forms are also available at your local Service BC Centre. Each form includes instructions about what documentation you need to include. You can submit the form and your documentation by mail or courier. Note that the ministry cannot issue refunds of less than $10.
Time Limits for Claiming a Refund
Generally, you have four years from the date you paid the PST to apply for a refund.
For example, if you paid the PST on April 10, 2013, the ministry must receive your refund claim by April 10, 2017.
For more information on refunds, see PST Refunds (Bulletin PST 400) (PDF)
Appealing a Disallowed or Reduced Refund Claim
You can appeal a denied or reduced refund claim by writing a letter to the Minister of Finance within 90 days of the date on the letter that notifies you of the denied or reduced refund.
For more information on appeals and how to file, see the Appeals page.