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A Note on Business Tax Competitiveness in British Columbia

It’s slightly more than one year since BC scrapped the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST) and returned to the former Provincial Sales Tax (PST) as the main tax on “consumption” in British Columbia. Now is therefore an opportune time to step back and assess the broader business tax structure and its impact on BC’s attractiveness as a place to invest and do business.  This issue of Policy Perspectives considers several features of the tax system that impinge on business investment, expansion, and job creation.  We do not examine the taxes paid by households – the focus here is on taxes that apply to enterprises and business activity.