Registration opens to help B.C. businesses get back to the future with the PST

VICTORIA – Registration opened today for B.C. businesses to sign up to collect the provincial sales tax when the tax takes over from the hated HST in April.

The government has posted its registration documents online and businesses can also print the information off for registration by mail or request it over the telephone.

Any business having trouble re-aligning itself with the return to the old way of doing things can book a one-on-on-one consultation with a ministry tax specialist and the government said in a news release over 800 businesses have asked for one.

The ministry is also conducting online conferences and seminars through local chambers of commerce.

The provincial sales tax will replace the harmonized sales tax which was defeated in a referendum following a public outcry.

More than 100,000 businesses will need to register to collect the PST and about 30,000 of them are new and have only existed under the HST.