Canada: PST relief measures updated in Saskatchewan (COVID-19)

Canada: PST relief measures updated in Saskatchewan

Saskatchewan updated and reposted a notice providing provincial sales tax (PST) relief measures for businesses—measures that are intended to support Saskatchewan businesses that are unable to submit their PST returns due to cash-flow concerns related to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

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Businesses that are able have been directed to file their tax returns each month/quarter (with or without payment).
 

Deferral for PST payments

The relief measures provide automatic deferrals for:

  • Monthly filers—they may defer payment of amounts due for February, March, and April 2020 reporting periods to 31 July 2020
  • Quarterly filers—they may defer payment of amounts due for the 1 January 2020 to 31 March 2020 reporting period to 31 July 2020

Businesses are not required to submit a request for relief from penalty and interest charges for these returns.
 

Qualifying for automatic PST deferral

The relief notice stipulates that to qualify for the automatic PST deferral and waiver of penalties and interest, businesses must make full PST payments or have a payment arrangement in place by 31 July  2020. Taxpayers may request payment arrangements by submitting a request electronically through the Saskatchewan eTax Services (SETS) located at sets.saskatchewan.ca, or through email at sasktaxinfo@gov.sk.ca.


Suspension of audit and compliance activity

The notice states that audit program and compliance activities have been suspended.


Read an April 2020 report prepared by the KPMG member firm in Canada

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