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PST registration for businesses now underway

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Businesses that sell or lease taxable goods, or sell software or taxable services in B.C., are now able to register to

collect the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), said Minister of State for Small Business Naomi Yamamoto on Wednesday.

Registration for the PST opened Jan. 2. The PST will be re-implemented April 1, 2013.

Businesses can register three ways:

• Online - go to: www.gov.bc.ca/etaxbc/register

Online registration should take about 10 to 20 minutes to complete.

• In person - go to the nearest Service BC Centre. See locations at: www.servicebc.gov.bc.ca/

• 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 and Publications.) Businesses also can get the form at the nearest Service BC Centre, or by calling 1-877-388-4440 to have one mailed to you. Mail or fax the completed form to the address or fax number shown on the form, along with the appropriate documentation.

"Our government is committed to ensuring businesses have the support they need to make a smooth transition back to the PST," said B.C. Minister of Finance Mike de Jong. "We're reaching out with improvements like online registration so that they can focus on running successful businesses."

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

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