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.
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.
On June 13, 2012, TEI submitted comments to the British Columbia Expert Panel on Business Taxation in response to an invitation for submissions to assist with developing recommendations "for a business tax system for British Columbia that balances the principles of competitiveness, fairness and simplicity." This most recent letter follows earlier communications between TEI and the government of British Columbia regarding the province's tax system.
On November 15, 2011, Tax Executives Institute submitted a letter to the British Columbia Ministry of Finance containing a number of improvements to make the Provincial Sales Tax ("PST") more efficient and administrable. As a follow up to that letter, three members of TEI's Canadian Commodity Tax Committee met with officials from the Ministry on December 12, 2011 to further discuss the Institute's proposals.
On April 30, 2009, TEI submitted comments to the Honorable Colin Hansen, Minister of Finance for the Province of British Columbia, concerning the proposed retroactive amendment of the BC retail sales tax in respect of certain materials mailed into the province.