British Columbia | Coronavirus | Finance & Taxation

BC announces tax measures on employer health tax and PST on carbonated beverages

September 2, 2020

The elimination of the PST exemption for carbonated beverages that contain sugar, natural sweeteners or artificial sweeteners has been delayed until April 2021, as have new PST registration and collection requirements for eCommerce businesses located outside BC. The carbon tax rate will now remain at its current level of carbon dioxide equivalent (tCO2e) until April 2021, when it will increase from $40 to $45 per tCO2e. The carbon tax will increase to $50 per tCO2e in April 2022.

Employer health tax (EHT) 2020 quarterly instalment dates are being extended as follows, those originally due:

  • June 15,2020 are now due December 31, 2020;
  • September 15, 2020 are now due January 31, 2021;
  • December 15, 2020 are now due February 28, 2021.

The 2020 EHT filing and balance due date will remain March 31, 2021. More information can be found here

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