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Provincial Sales Tax   ->   BC PST   -> BC PST errors

BC PST Common Errors

Some items which are exempt from PST but have often been sold with PST charged in error included:

bullet certain Energy Star® refrigerators, clothes washers, and freezers purchased after February 20, 2008.  You may be charged PST because the brand and model you purchased was not at the time listed on the website of the federal Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE).  If the brand and model is subsequently added to the OEE list, you may be able to apply for a refund of the PST.  See PST bulletin SST 011, from the Provincial Sales Tax Bulletins page.  This bulletin has a link to the OEE list of brand names and model numbers of eligible appliances.
bullet web hosting accounts, where internet service (or e-mail service) is NOT bundled with the web hosting
bullet garage doors which contain double glazed window units.  Effective Feb 21, 2007, the exemption only applies to Energy Star® qualified doors.
bullet electricity being supplied to a residence via a temporary power pole
bullet rental of equipment when an operator is part of the rental
bullet testing - for example, motor vehicle testing required on a regular basis for commercial trucks and trailers
bullet some safety items such as chainsaw safety pads
bullet children's sportswear, including wet suits
bullet some insulation products, such as Great Stuff Foam

If you are charged PST in error, and are not able to get a refund from the supplier, you can request a refund from the BC Provincial Government Consumer Taxation Department.  You will have to provide copies of the invoices on which the PST was charged.  The BC government Provincial Sales Tax Forms page includes form FIN 413 Application for a refund of social service tax (PST) or hotel room tax, under the heading of Refunds.  They will only refund amounts of $10 or more.

See the article which lists many items which are exempt from PST in BC.  This list includes many items which were added to the PST exempt list effective February 20, 2008.

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Revised: February 13, 2021

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