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Government offers tools ahead of return to PST

Businesses on Vancouver Island that want to learn about returning to provincial sales tax are invited to take part in seminars being held in partnership with local chambers of commerce.

These seminars will cover the general principles of the PST and the new eTaxBC online business registration service.

A seminar is scheduled for Nanaimo Tuesday (Feb. 5).

Seminars are being held in more than 40 B.C. communities. An interactive map  with locations and other details can be viewed at: http://goo.gl/maps/vy08w.

Please check Greater Nanaimo Chamber of Commerce for further details at 250-756-1191.

Businesses that sell or lease taxable goods, or sell software or taxable services in B.C., are now able to register to collect the tax. Government is partnering with chambers of commerce throughout B.C. to ensure businesses have the support they need to make a smooth transition back to the PST on April 1.

Additional tools and services available to help businesses prepare for the re-implementation of the PST include:

* One-on-one consultations with a government tax specialist.

* Online webinars covering the general principles of the PST and eTaxBC.

* PST bulletins and notices.

* Businesses with questions about the PST can call the toll-free help line at 1-877-388-4440 or e-mail questions to: CTBTaxQuestions@gov.bc.ca.

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