Register your business by Oct. 21 for PST webinar

Businesses that want to learn more about the Provincial Sales Tax can join an interactive webinar Oct. 23

Businesses that want to learn more about the Provincial Sales Tax can join an interactive webinar offered by the provincial government on Oct. 23, Minister of State for Tourism and Small Business Naomi Yamamoto announced Friday.

Space is limited, so businesses that want to participate in the webinar Oct. 23 from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., must sign up online by Oct. 21.

The interactive webinar provides information that will help businesses transition to the PST. The topics include general PST application, registration and the new online services option, eTaxBC. Registration and information is available at:

www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach.

Additional PST tools and services available to help businesses include:

• PST Specialists: If you operate a business in B.C., you can sign up for a ministry PST Specialist to review your accounting and reporting systems to ensure your systems are properly set up to comply with the provincial sales tax laws: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach.

• PST bulletins and notices – including the recent publications: What’s Taxable under the PST and What’s Not and the Small Business Guide to PST.

• A new one-click verification service, ‘Verify a PST number service’, allows sellers and suppliers to use a free PST number to confirm that a business is registered for PST when they request a PST exemption: www.etax.gov.bc.ca/btp/eservicesReg/_/#1

• Videos online www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach:

o Return to PST Overview

o PST Online Registration

o File and Pay PST

o eTaxBC for Third Party Tax Preparers

• Businesses with questions about the PST can call toll-free 1-877-388-4440 or email questions to CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca.

Government outreach efforts have spanned the province, engaging with British Columbians and ensuring they have the information they need.

To date:

• Over 100,380 businesses have applied for registration.

• More than 93 publications that provide guidance on the application of PST and related exemptions have been released, plus PST forms, exemption certificates, and regulations and legislation.

• More than 165,950 questions from businesses have already been answered by phone and email.

• 52 webinars have been attended by 2,035 people, and more are scheduled.

• 391 businesses have signed up for a ministry PST specialist to review their accounting and reporting systems and 283 reviews have been completed.

• 109 seminars with chambers of commerce and business associations and other presentations have been held for 3,723 attendees.

• 2,449 requests for one-on-one consultations with a ministry tax specialist were received and 2,446 consultations have been completed.

• 116,515 businesses have been contacted directly.

Quick facts:

• Businesses that sell or lease taxable goods, or sell software or taxable services in B.C. must register to obtain a new PST number, even if they have an old PST number.

• Businesses can register three ways:

o Online – go to: www.gov.bc.ca/etaxbc/register

o In person – go to the nearest Service BC Centre. See locations at www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca – or visit 1802 Douglas St. in Victoria.

o By mail or fax – complete the Application for Registration for Provincial Sales Tax (FIN 418) found at www.gov.bc.ca/pst (Go to Forms).

• A new PST number will be assigned once the business registration application is processed.

Learn more:

• Register for webinars by completing the online registration form: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach

• View the presentation from previous webinar sessions: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach

• Learn more about the services available to businesses to support the transition to PST: www.gov.bc.ca/pstoutreach

— Ministry of Finance

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