B.C. to Cut HST, Increase Corporate Tax

KPMP TaxNewsFlash, May 25, 2011

British Columbia’s Finance Minister announced today that the province plans to reduce its harmonized sales tax rate to 10% (from 12%) in two stages to take effect July 1, 2012 and July 1, 2014. The province will also increase its general corporate income tax rate to 12% (from 10%), effective January 1, 2012.

B.C. Finance says the provincial portion of the HST will be reduced to 6% (from 7%), effective July 1, 2012. The second reduction to 5% (from 6%) will take effect on July 1, 2014. As a result, B.C. will continue to have one of the lowest sales tax rates across Canada.

Along with the increase to its general corporate tax rate, B.C. will postpone the reduction to its small business tax rate planned for April 1, 2012. According to B.C. Finance, these measures would be temporary “until the fiscal situation allows for further reductions”.

The proposed changes to the HST will only take effect should British Columbians vote to keep the HST. The referendum’s mail-in ballots must be returned to the B.C. government by July 22, 2011.

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