How British Columbia’s Tax on Legal Services Impairs Access to Justice
Legal services provided in BC are, unlike any other professional services, subject to provincial sales tax (PST). Accordingly, consumers in BC have a more difficult time obtaining legal help. They can hire an accountant, architect, veterinarian or any other professional. For some bizarre reason, justice fell to the bottom of the list of governmental priorities as only legal fees are effectively increased by 7% due to this special tax.