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2021 Property Tax Notice and Home Owner Grant Reminder

2021 Property Tax Notice and Home Owner Grant Reminder

June 24, 2021 at 4:09 pm  Kamloops, Municipal, News

Kamloops, BC – Kamloops property owners have one more week to pay their property taxes before a 10% penalty for late payments is applied on July 3. 2021 property tax notices were sent out on May 21, 2021, informing property owners of their balance owing and the due date of July 2.

There are multiple convenient ways to pay property taxes, including a new option to pay online this year 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/Payment.

Other payment options include using phone or online banking, paying by mail, dropping a cheque in one of the City’s three drop box locations, or paying in person at City Hall. As we work to reduce COVID-19, the City encourages residents to choose payment methods that limit physical contact. Masks are still mandatory at City Hall, and there is a maximum capacity of 11 persons at a time in the reception area. Current City Hall hours are 8:30 am–3:30 pm; however, the City Hall drop box is available 24/7.

Home Owner Grants (HOGs) are also due July 2 and must be applied for separately through the provincial government rather than through the City. In January 2021, the provincial government took over full management of the HOG application process, and municipalities can no longer accept applications.

“Despite the separate process this year, the HOG application is still an important component of the process as it reduces the amount of property taxes a property owner is required to pay,” said Cara Dawson, the City’s Revenue and Taxation Manager. “While we can no longer help with HOG applications, we encourage residents to make sure they apply for their HOG and pay their taxes before the tax deadline. To apply for a HOG, visit Gov.BC.ca/HomeOwnerGrant or call 1-888-355-2700.”

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 will be 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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