Four Years Later: “Reassessing” the Return of BC’s PST
Tips and Traps for Businesses and Advisors

Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2W6 | Vancouver Island Ballroom

Thursday, May 18, 2017
Please note: online registrations are now closed for this event. Contact for any questions.

On the four year anniversary of BC’s return to PST, businesses face many challenging issues in the interpretation and application of the tax. This course is designed to help taxpayers and their advisors navigate through the myriad of rules with the objective of avoiding the traps and recognizing the planning the opportunities.

7:30 am -
8:30 am
Registration & Breakfast
8:30 am -
9:00 am 
Overview of the PST- Who, what, when and where of the tax

This session will provide a brief overview of the legislation as well as key issues to keep in mind throughout the following sessions

Rosemary Anderson, Thorsteinssons, LLP, Vancouver

9:00 am -
9:30 am
The Expansion of PST on Services – PST on Related services and Telecommunication Services

Janice Roper, Deloitte LLP, Vancouver
9:30 am -
10:00 am
 PST on Tangible Personal Property and Real Property – Traps for Contractors; Opportunities for Owners

This session will cover PST issues concerning real property, including the distinction between tangible personal property (TPP) and real property under the Provincial Sales Tax Act and, more significantly, the application of PST to TPP, such as construction materials, that become affixed to real property under a supply and install contract.  Additionally, the session will discuss recent caselaw in this area, common assessment scenarios and practical guidance for how to address these issues.

Noah Sarna, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver
10:00 am -
10:20 am
10:20 am -
11:00 am
Intercompany Transactions, Corporate Reorganizations, Partnerships and Asset Sales

The session will review the related party rules under the new PSTA for related party transactions as well as assets sales, and highlight the important differences from the rules under the former Social Service Tax Act.  The session will also examine the unlegislated rules for treatment of partnerships under the Provincial Sales Tax Act, which derive from a combination of case law and administrative policy.

Terry Barnett, Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver
11:00 am -
11:30 am
PST on Software
Katherine Xilinas, Ernst and Young Law, Vancouver 
11:30 am -
12:15 pm
Another Day in the Corporate Tax Office – Panel Discussion

For this session, senior sales tax specialists from industry will share insight and strategy to deal with the typical and ongoing PST issues for large business. The presentation will use a panel discussion format; topics that will be covered include facilitating PST audits, tax savings / recovery strategies, the use of exemption forms, managing non-resident supplier expectations, and the challenge of explaining to customers and suppliers why PST is, or is not payable on a particular transaction while at the same time not providing “tax advice”.

Shawna Hansen, Hansen Indirect Tax, Vancouver
Brian Moul, BC Hydro and Power Authority, Vancouver
Gurmit Sangha, Best Buy Canada, Vancouver

12:15 pm -
12:30 pm
Wrap up / Questions

Rosemary Anderson,
Thorsteinssons LLP, Vancouver

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