VANCOUVER – B.C. businesses seem largely unprepared for the return to the old provincial sales tax once it takes over from the much-hated HST in April, say business groups who are hoping their members come out of the holiday season with resolve to deal with it sooner rather than later.

The B.C. government announced Wednesday businesses can now register to collect the old tax as the province switches back following the defeat of the HST in a province-wide referendum in 2011.