British Columbia is one of the provinces in Canada that charges separate 7% Provincial Sales Tax (PST) and 5% federal Goods and Services Tax (GST). Most goods and services are charged both taxes, with a number of exceptions.
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There are categories of goods and services that are not charged PST. These rebates and exemptions are separate from the ones granted on a national level.
These categories include:
Many more goods and services are also exempt from the PST. You can find a comprehensive list here .
Registered First Nations are exempt from the 7% PST for goods and services purchased on First Nations lands. See Source for more details.
There are two types of exemptions for GST: direct exemptions and zero-rated goods and services. The difference is related to how businesses handle costs related to the exemptions, but as a consumer, you would not have to pay GST on items from either category.
Goods and services that are zero-rated from GST include:
Goods and services that are directly exempt from GST include:
Sales taxes make up a significant portion of BC’s budget. Revenues from sales taxes such as the PST are expected to total $7.586 billion, or 22.5% of all of BC’s taxation revenue, during the 2019 fiscal year. This is greater than revenue from BC’s corporate income tax and property tax combined.
Sales taxes also contribute to the Canadian government’s budget. The 5% Goods and Services Tax is expected to bring $40.8 billion in tax revenue during the 2019 fiscal year. This amounts to 14.2% of total tax revenue on the federal level. This is almost double the amount Canada spends on national defence every year.