Calculate the BC sales taxes GST and PST

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Current GST and PST rate for British-Columbia in 2017

The global sales tax for Bc is calculated from provincial sales tax (PST) BC rate (7%) and the goods and services tax (GST) in Canada rate (5%) for a total of 12%.

Formula for calculating GST and PST in BC

Amount without sales taxes x (GST rate/100) = Amount of GST in BC
Amount without sales taxes x (PST rate/100) = Amount of PST in BC
Amount without sales tax + GST amount + PST amount = Total amount with sales tax


50$ x (5/100) = 2.50$ (GST)
50$ x (7/100) = 3.50$ (PST)
50$ + 6$ = 56$

British Columbia’s harmonization of its sales tax with the federal products and services tax (GST) will result in a giant leap in the province’s intensity, both locally and universally. Because of the simplification of the indirect tax collection system, the calculation of the appropriate sale taxes has become much easier. The GST/PST rates relevant on the different products or services can now be determined based on the nature of the transaction in British-Columbia.

GST in British-Columbia is a 5% and provincial sales tax (PST) rate is 7% broad-based value added tax added on import of products, as well as almost all supplies of products and services. The main exemptions are for the sales and rents of private properties, importation and local supply of most financial services. Export of products and international services are zero-rated.

How to use Sales tax calculator British-Columbia?

When you enter the number into “Amount without taxes” field you can see both outputs on the same page:

  • the amount of GST and PST to add to the price and,
  • the total amount with taxes

Goods and services tax calculation for provinces of Canada

In Canada, sales taxes were usually separated into the federal sales tax (GST) and the provincial sales tax (PST). All the provinces of Canada have their own rates, resulting in considerable differences in the sales tax rate.

Exceptions to PST in BC

In general the rate of 7% is used on purchase or lease of products and services. In some cases Provincial Sales Tax (PST) doesn’t need to be paid on purchases or leases. Some of the items which are exempt from PST in BC on a permanent basis like vehicles, boats, aircraft, basic groceries, children-sized clothing and footwear, professional services, and so on.

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