COVID-19 Action Plan - Provincial Tax Changes
As part of B.C.'s COVID-19 Action Plan, the B.C. government announced provincial tax changes.
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Last updated: March 27, 2020
Deferred Tax Payments
Effective immediately, B.C. is extending filing and payment deadlines for the following taxes until September 30, 2020.
Employer Health Tax
- File and pay your employer health tax Updated March 25, 2020
- Provincial sales tax (including municipal and regional district tax*)
- Carbon tax
- Motor fuel tax
- Tobacco tax
*Municipal and regional district tax (MRDT) is the additional 2 or 3% tax on accommodation.
Delayed PST Budget 2020 Tax Changes
The following tax changes announced in Budget 2020 will be postponed until further notice:
- Eliminating the PST exemption for carbonated beverages that contain sugar, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners
- Expanded registration requirements for Canadian sellers of goods, along with Canadian and foreign sellers of software and telecommunication services
Delayed Carbon Tax Increase
Carbon tax rates will remain at their current levels until further notice. The tax measure announced in Budget 2020 aligning the carbon tax rates with the federal carbon pricing backstop is also postponed until further notice.
Reduced School Tax Rates for Businesses
School tax rates for commercial properties (Classes 4, 5 and 6) will be reduced by 50% for the 2020 tax year.
Enhanced B.C. Climate Action Tax Credit
An additional one-time payment will be made in July 2020 on top of the regular climate action tax credit amount for qualifying individuals and families.
The previously scheduled credit increase effective July 2020 remains the same.