No More Social Services Tax on BC Legal Services

Posted by Johannes Schenk on December 20th, 2005 — Posted in Human Rights Law

The BC Court of Appeal in Christie v. British Columbia, 2005 BCCA 631, held that the Social Servcies Tax on legal services is unconstitutional. The lower Court held that the unconstitutionality of the tax extended only to low income individuals. The Court of Appeal expanded the ruling to all individuals.

As a further note it’s not clear how lawyers in BC should be handling PST charges on legal billings following this ruling. I understand that the BC Law Society will be issuing some guidelines on the matter shortly.

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