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What Will Be The Impact of PST on Companies?


As the PST transition deadline approaches, it’s time for businesses in B.C. to consider how the change will affect them and what they need to do to prepare for a smooth transition.

The PST will have an impact on your business whether you’re required to collect the tax, or whether your business incurs the PST on its purchases. The rules for some industries, like home builders/construction, mining, telecom and the food and beverage industries can be more complicated.

No matter what business you may be in, take the time to ask the questions below.

  • Does your business ship across provincial borders?
  • Does your business sell intangibles (memberships, copyrights, access to software, digital files) to clients in B.C.?
  • Does your business have contracts that will overlap April 1, 2013?
  • Does your business expect any sales returns immediately before or after April 1, 2013?
  • Does your business pre-sell products or services that are delivered on a future date?
  • Does your business bid on projects for future start dates?
  • Does your business embark on multi-month contracts?
  • Does your business work with sub trades?
  • Is your business involved with the construction of real property?
  • Does your business provide services to real property?
  • Does your business own a reserve-based business?
  • Does your business provide services to someone on an Aboriginal reserve?

Don’t wait until the last minute to think about this transition. There is a lot to consider, and by doing a review in advance you could save yourself some grief in the long run.

For more information or to learn how MNP can help you manage the transition, please contact a member MNP's Indirect Tax Team.