On September 29, 2016, TEI filed a submission responding to the British Columbia Commission on Tax Competitiveness's call for feedback on how to improve BC's competitiveness. TEI's submission follows and builds upon its May 2016 liaison meeting with representatives from the BC Ministry of Finance Tax Programs and Tax Policy branches. TEI's principal recommendation is for BC to replace its current PST with a made-in BC value-added tax. TEI alternatively recommends several administrative and revenue-related changes to BC's provincial sales and carbon taxes.
On May 16, 2016, TEI's Canadian Commodity Tax Committee held a liaison meeting with the British Columbia Ministry of Finance. Jordan Goss, Executive Director of the Consumer Tax Programs Branch; Ann Foy, Strategic Advisor of the Tax Policy Branch; Satish Perhar, Executive Director of the Vancouver District Office; and Bob Scott, Policy and Legislative Analyst of Program Services, attended on behalf of the Ministry.
TEI Proposes Administrative and Revenue-Related Changes to British Columbia's Provincial Sales Tax and Carbon Tax
TEI has filed two letters with British Columbia's Ministry of Finance proposing changes to British Columbia's provincial sales tax and carbon tax. TEI's August 31, 2015 letter, filed with the Tax Programs Branch, proposes several changes to the provincial sales tax designed to streamline tax administration for businesses and the Ministry. TEI's September 1, 2015 letter, filed with the Tax Policy Branch, proposes several revenue-related changes to the provincial sales tax and carbon tax to be considered in conjunction with the Ministry's annual budget process.
On August 26, 2014, TEI submitted a letter to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance suggesting various amendments to the Provincial Sales Tax Act, the Motor Fuel Tax Act, and associated regulations. The proposed amendments would streamline administration for businesses and the Ministry and address a number of policy issues. The Institute's letter builds on earlier comments made to the Ministry in letters and meetings with Ministry officials.
On February 12, 2014, TEI filed a letter urging the British Columbia Ministry of Finance to address issues that would improve the administrability of the provincial sales tax (PST) system, including requesting additional guidance identifying products and services as nontaxable or exempt, and relief from the tax for export sales.
On March 4, 2013, TEI filed a letter urging the British Columbia Ministry of Finance to formally adopt a policy of administrative tolerance for Provincial Sales Tax (PST) audits during the first year of the "new" tax (the Province moved from the PST to a Harmonized Sales Tax in 2009, but voters approved a referendum in 2011 to return to the PST effective April 1, 2013).
On January 10, 2013, TEI submitted a letter to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance related to the province's transition from the Harmonized Sales Tax back to the Provincial Sales Tax that will occur on April 1, 2013. The Institute's letter focused on the administrative aspects of the PST Act and more specifically on the guidance included in PST Bulletin 002. The comments were designed to assist the Ministry of Finance with the practical, effective, and efficient administration of the new PST.
On September 14, 2012, TEI submitted a letter to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance urging the Province to use proceeds from the carbon tax to provide incentives for businesses that make investments in alternative fuel sources, methods for capturing emissions, or other "green" projects, and suggesting changes to make the tax more administrable.