Public awareness campaign launched as April 1 sales tax changeover looms

Only two weeks left until British Columbia transitions back to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST),

 

With only two weeks left until British Columbia transitions back to the Provincial Sales Tax (PST), several groups representing B.C.’s small business community are raising public awareness about the change through media and social media networks. The Canadian Federation of Business (CFIB) – backed by the BC Chamber of Commerce and Vancouver Board of Trade – is coordinating “PST Tuesday” for March 19 in an effort to remind business owners not to leave PST registration until the last minute.

“We have recently contacted many of our members, and the good news is the vast majority of them have already registered for the new PST tax,” says CFIB BC Director of Provincial Affairs Mike Klassen. “The fact that every business has not registered for the PST tax yet is concerning, however. PST Tuesday is our way to help everyone get to finish line before April 1.”

During PST Tuesday CFIB is inviting Twitter users onboard by “hashtagging” tweets with #PST and #smallbiz. “Many business owners are on social media – as are their customers,” says Klassen. “Talking up PST today can prevent stress down the road for small business operators.”