Tobacco tax rates increase January 1, 2020. You must file an inventory return and pay additional security on all tobacco products you hold in inventory in B.C. as of the end of day December 31, 2019.
If you sell or offer to sell tobacco at wholesale in B.C., you must:
Hold a wholesale dealer permit
Sell only to registered Tobacco Retail Authorization (TRA) holders or another registered wholesale dealer permit holder
Purchase, possess, store or sell tobacco according to B.C.’s tobacco marking program
To apply for a wholesale dealer permit:
Complete and submit the Application for Appointment as a Wholesale Dealer or Cigar Wholesale Dealer (FIN 394) (PDF)
Attach the following documents to your application:
A business plan (refer to the application form for more details)
Documentation from suppliers showing that a business relationship is established
Your Articles of Incorporation
An original copy of a criminal records check for all proprietors, partners or company directors
If you sell or offer to sell taxable tobacco at retail, you must also hold a valid TRA with a unique number assigned to each retail location.
New wholesale dealers may be required to post a bond prior to receiving authorization to sell tobacco at wholesale.
If you’re required to post a bond, it will be a condition for obtaining your permit and we will notify you of the bond amount. The amount of the bond will depend on your permit requirement. The maximum bond amount may be an amount equal to six times the tax that would normally be collected by you each month.
All or part of a bond deposit may be applied to unpaid security.
You must pay security to the province on all tobacco you bring or send into B.C. or receive delivery of in B.C. for resale. The security is an amount equal to the tobacco tax that will be collected when the tobacco is sold to a consumer.
You must collect security on tobacco you sell to retailers. You may retain this security as a reimbursement for the security you paid to the province on that tobacco.
You are not required to collect security on tobacco you sell to other valid B.C. wholesale dealers. You can claim a credit on the Collector’s Return for any security you previously paid on the tobacco you sell to another wholesaler.
If you sell wholesale tobacco from within B.C. to out-of-province locations, you can claim a credit on the Collector’s Return for any security previously paid. There may be certain export situations that qualify for a pre-authorized exemption of security. Contact us for more information.
You will report your security using a Collector’s Return (FIN 125) (PDF). You must pay your security to the Minister of Finance and submit your Collector’s Return by the due date to avoid a late filing penalty and interest.
If you do not file your return and pay security as required, you may be assessed a penalty equal to the amount of security that should have been paid, plus interest. Your wholesale dealer permit may also be suspended, which will prohibit you from selling tobacco in B.C.
Your payment and Collector’s Return must be received or postmarked on or before the 20th day of the month following the month in which you bring or send the tobacco into B.C., or receive delivery of the tobacco in B.C. For example, if tobacco was received in October, the return and payment in relation to that tobacco are due November 20.
If the due date falls on a weekend or a B.C. statutory holiday, the due date is the next business day.
Last revised: December 4, 2019