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BC Issues New Bulletin on Buying a Business

Tax Development Nov 21, 2014

British Columbia issued a new bulletin, PST 005, “Buying a Business” to explain the application of Provincial Sales Tax (“PST”) to the purchase and sale of a business.

Generally, PST applies to the sale of new and used goods and software, unless a specific exemption applies.  PST will also apply to the purchase of the taxable assets of a business.  However, the purchase of shares of a corporation is not subject to PST.

The bulletin discusses the difference between taxable and non-taxable assets, how to pay and/or remit PST, and provides details about clearance certificate requirements.