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2021 Property Tax Notices Have Been Sent and No Longer Include a Home Owner Grant Application

2021 Property Tax Notices Have Been Sent and No Longer Include a Home Owner Grant Application

May 21, 2021 at 9:14 am  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC – Kamloops homeowners start receiving their 2021 property tax notices this weekend. Those who have opted to receive e-bills can expect to receive an email soon. A significant change from last year’s tax notice is the absence of an application section for the Home Owner Grant (HOG). The application process for HOGs this year is different, but the program details and eligibility requirements remain the same.

Property taxes and HOG applications are due July 2, 2021, and the full 10% penalty for late payments will apply as of July 3.

In January 2021, the provincial government took over full management of the HOG application process. Municipalities can no longer accept applications. However, HOG applications are still due at the same time as property taxes, so the City strongly encourages residents to apply for their 2021 HOGs before July 2 to avoid a penalty. For more information and to apply, visit Gov.BC.ca/HomeOwnerGrant or call 1-888-355-2700.

Another change this tax season is the ability for residents to pay property taxes online or in person with Visa or Mastercard. All credit card payments for taxes and utilities will be subject to a non-refundable, 1.75% service fee. To pay property taxes online, residents can visit Kamloops.ca/PaymentResidents may also choose to pay property taxes at their bank, through phone or online banking, through one of the City’s three drop-box locations, or in person at City Hall.

As of Tuesday, May 25, City Hall will switch to summer hours (8:30 am–3:30 pm), masks will be mandatory, and there will be a maximum capacity of 11 persons at a time in the reception area. The City asks residents who are paying in person to be patient while staff adhere to social distancing restrictions and sanitization protocols. Again, the City will not be accepting HOG applications in 2021. The only way to apply for a HOG this year is through the provincial government.

“Despite the financial challenges of the pandemic and the option of a grace period last year, most Kamloops residents paid their 2020 property taxes by the July 2 due date, which helped keep the City running smoothly,” said Cara Dawson, the City’s Revenue and Taxation Manager. “The City relies on property taxes as one of the main sources of revenue for the year, and the timing of receiving property taxes payments directly impacts the City’s cash flow.”

Residents experiencing financial difficulties this year should note that HOGs can be applied for without making a tax payment, which will reduce the tax balance owing. Partial payments before the due date will also reduce the penalty incurred. Look into the BC Property Tax Deferment Program for additional support.

To sign up for e-billing for 2022 property taxes, residents can register and add their property tax account at Kamloops.ca/MyCity. Residents can also sign up for the Tax Installment Plan Service (TIPS), which will break their 2022 property taxes into smaller monthly payments that are automatically withdrawn from their bank accounts. Application forms are available online at Kamloops.ca/TIPS.

For more details on property taxes and HOGs, visit Kamloops.ca/PropertyTax.

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