BC Approves HST Legislation

Today is Last Day to Prepay In Full to Avoid HST

Toronto, 30 April 2010The BC Legislative Assembly approved late yesterday the bill authorizing implementation of the HST in British Columbia. It was signed into law a short while later by BC Lieutenant-Governor Stephen Point.

As a reminder, today (30 April 2010) is the last day a domestic passenger transportation service for travel originating in Ontario or BC, for travel on/after 01 July 2010, can be prepaid in full so as to avoid HST at the time of actual ticket issuance. GST would still apply.

Similarly, today is the last day a domestic passenger transportation originating in Nova Scotia, for travel on/after 01 July 2010, can be prepaid in full so as to avoid the increased HST from 13% to 15% at the time of actual ticket issuance.

ARTA Canada also reminds travel agencies that two additional HST webinars have been added to the current schedule on 04 and 05 May 2010. Two other training options are also available, namely, a Self-Paced HST Learning Program and an
HST and Place of Supply Rules Guide.
 For more information, please visit www.airlinetraining.org/hst.

About ARTA Canada 

ARTA Canada is the largest non-profit federally incorporated professional association of travel retailers in Canada, the members of which consist exclusively of travel agencies and travel agents. In addition to advocating fair and equitable treatment of travel consumers, ARTA Canada represents the commercial and strategic interests of its member travel agencies and travel agents in a variety of national and provincial domains including regulatory and legislative matters, automation, technology, sales and marketing, and distribution.

ARTA Canada is the strategic partner in Canada of the U.S.-based Association of Retail Travel Agents (ARTA). ARTA Canada is the Canadian member of UFTAA, the United Federation of Travel Agents' Associations. To join ARTA Canada, complete details and online membership application and secure payment are available on the ARTA Canada web site at www.artacanada.ca/join.

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