Most goods and services in British Columbia are subject to a sales tax totaling 12% of the purchase price (7% PST + 5% GST). Please note alcohol is taxed at 15% (10% PST + 5% GST). Go to gov.bc.ca for more information.
UNDERSTANDING VANCOUVER'S HOTEL ROOM TAX
The current tax/levy rate in Vancouver is 16.5% of the hotel room rate. Please note that there are three types of tax/ levy involved:
Goods & Services Tax (GST): taxed at 5% of hotel room rate
Provincial Sales Tax (PST): taxed at 10% of hotel room rate (8% PST + 2% AHRT). AHRT: Additional Hotel Room Tax, which most major cities in BC collect.
Destination Marketing Fee (DMF*):< levy taxed at 1.5% of hotel room rate. The DMF s a fee which approximately 30 of downtown Vancouver hotels collect to assist with the marketing of Vancouver as a destination.
Canada offers a value added program to foreign meeting and conventions. Recognizing the importance of foreign conventions held in Canada, you are eligible to claim back the sales tax called the GST (Goods & Services Tax) comprising of 5% from the Canada Revenue Agency on certain meeting related services and supplies. In order to qualify as a Foreign Convention, the conference organization must be headquartered outside of Canada and attendees comprise of 75% non-Canadian residents.
Below is a list of meeting related supplies and services that are eligible for the GST Rebate.
An organizer must provide the following supporting documents with its rebate claim to confirm that the event is a convention and to prove that the organizer paid the GST charges by the supplier:
Mail the completed FORM 386 and all supporting documents to:
Summerside Tax Centre
Canada Revenue Agency
275 Pope Road
Summerside PE C1N 6A2
Please note that the organizer has one year from the conclusion of teh Vancouver conference date to claim back the GST. Once you submit your claim Canada Revenue Agency will process within 8-10 weeks.
For more detailed information and further instructions, please refer to their website at: www.cra-arc.gc.ca/tx/tchncl/gsthst-eng.html
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