As of April 1, 2013, FortisBC customer bills will reflect GST of 5 per cent and, where applicable, PST of 7 per cent as a result of the provincial government's return to provincial sales tax. FortisBC collects tax on behalf of the government.
Customers who have specific tax questions related to the return to the PST are encouraged to contact the BC Ministry of Finance at 1-877-388-4440 or visit pstinbc.ca.
As natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuels it has the lowest applied carbon tax per unit of energy. Since July 1, 2012, the carbon tax rate on nautral gas is $1.4898. FortisBC collects this tax on behalf of the provincial government.
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Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund levy
The Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund levy of 0.4 per cent of the purchase price on residential and commercial energy purchases of natural gas and propane sold on a grid will be re-implemented. However the re-implemented ICE Fund levy will not apply to residential and commercial purchases of electricity. The ICE Fund levy was introduced by the provincial government in 2007 to support investment in clean energy technology.