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Vancouver's Tax Structure

Vancouver's Tax Structure


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).

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The current tax/levy rate in Vancouver is 17.5% 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 11% of hotel room rate (8%PST + 3%MRDT). MRDT: Municipal & Regional District Tax, which most major cities in BC collect.

> Destination Marketing Fee (DMF*): levy taxed at 1.5%of hotel room rate. DMF: a fee which approximately 36 of downtown Vancouver hotels collect to assist with the marketing of Vancouver as a destination.



The illustration below shows the breakdown of taxes for a hotel room rate of $100, $200 and $300 and the applicable taxes. In all cases, you can see that the tax/levy rate is 17.5%.


HOTEL ROOM RATE $100.00 $200.00 $300.00
GST at 5% $5.00 $10.00 $15.00
PST at 11% $11.00 $22.00 $33.00
DMF at 1.5% (where applicable) $1.50 $3.00 $4.50
Total $117.50 $235.00 $353.50
Tax/Levy Rate 17.50% 17.50% 17.50%




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