PROPERTY TAX PAYMENT DUE JULY 2, 2020
Note: Municipal Hall is open for Council meetings only. Municipal Hall will be open for payments from June 15 to July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
Your property taxes are an important source of funds required for the District to continue providing essential services.
Approximately 50% of your tax bill is collected by the District and remitted to other taxing authorities. The District is required to remit these funds by August 1 even if they have not been collected.
PROPERTY TAX DEFERMENT HELPS PAY YOUR TAXES BY THE DUE DATE
Deferring your property taxes ensures the District has access to the funds required to maintain services, while property owners make the payment later. Under this program, the Province pays property taxes on behalf of eligible owners, who then pay the Province back later.
Homeowners may qualify for the deferment program if they meet the following criteria:
- 55 or older during the current year
- it is your principal or primary residence
- a surviving spouse of any age
- a person with disabilities
- a parent, stepparent or financially supporting a child
To learn more about the program and how to apply, look under "New Deferment Changes for 2020" on the back of your tax notice or see below.
HOW TO PAY YOUR 2020 PROPERTY TAXES
It's easy to pay your taxes from home. Municipal Hall will only be open limited hours and physical distancing will be in place. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Municipal Hall will only be open for payments from June 15 to July 3 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday to Friday, excluding statutory holidays.
Consider skipping the trip to Municipal Hall and avoid lineups. Whether you bank online or by phone, or mail a cheque, there are lots of ways you can safely pay your property taxes. Please review the back of your tax notice for details.
For those who do not qualify for the deferral program and are experiencing challenges paying their property tax by the due date, the District has lowered the late payment penalty from 5% to 2%, until September 1, 2020. After September 1, the penalty is 8%.
The due date for businesses is July 2, but there is no penalty until after September 30.
HOMEOWNER GRANT PROGRAM
Don't forget to claim your grant! There are two categories of Home Owner Grants available to eligible homeowners and, if you qualify, you can reduce the amount of property tax owing. But you have to claim it first.
For details on eligibility and how to claim your grant, see the back page of your tax notice or read more below.
The Home Owner Grant needs to be claimed each year by the due date. Home Owner Grants can be claimed online or the Home Owner Grant stub from the tax notice can be sent to or dropped off at Municipal Hall.
Please be sure to complete the entire form, including your name, address, telephone number, current date, signature and birthday if you are 65 or over during the calendar year.
About the Home Owner Grant
The Home Owner Grant is a Provincial Government program designed to help homeowners reduce the property taxes of the home in which they reside.
The Basic and Additional Grant is available to Canadian citizens or landed immigrants who ordinarily reside in British Columbia and occupy the home as their principal residence and meet the eligibility requirements. There are two types of grants available to West Vancouver residents.
2020 Home Owner Grant Information
The threshold for 2020 has been set at $1,525,000. You may qualify for a reduced grant amount if your property value is more than $1,525,000. The grant amount is reduced by $5 for every $1,000 your property value is over $1,525,000. If your property value is $1,639,000 or more the grant amount will be reduced to $0.
To check the eligibility and phase-out guidelines for the homeowner grant, please call Home Owner Grant Enquiries at 1-888-355-2700 or visit the Province's website at the link below.
Property Tax Deferment is a property tax assistance program offered by the Province. Property Tax Deferment is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the annual property taxes on their homes. The program is administered by the Province in conjunction with municipal tax collectors.
There are two different deferment programs:
- 55 & Older, Surviving Spouse, Persons with a Disability
- Families with Children under 18
Property Tax Deferment allows you to defer your current property taxes less any available Home Owner Grant. The deferment must be applied for on or before the tax due date to avoid penalties. If you miss the property tax due date, you have until December 31 of the current taxation year to apply. Before applying for deferment, you must pay all penalties, interest, and any previous years' property taxes as these cannot be deferred.
You must apply for each year you wish to defer your taxes.
The 2019 tax deferment application period has closed. Beginning in 2020, municipalities will no longer accept deferment applications. Visit the Province's website at the link below for more information.
If the mailing address on your Tax Notice or Utility Bill is incorrect, we require that you notify us of the change in writing. If you've notified another department of your change of address, it does not result in changes for Tax Notices or Utility Bills.
Changes to a mailing address will update the address for both your Tax and Utility notices.
Send the completed form to us by:
750 17th Street
West Vancouver BC V7V 3T3
Important: Depending on the date we receive your change of address, changes may not be reflected on your next notice.
View up-to-date information on your tax account online.
You can now view your tax notice online and receive future bills by email. Your tax bill will be sent to the email address you specify and will be available on-line 24/7. Never misplace your tax bill again! Register through your My District account.
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Once you've registered, you can:
- view your current and past bills
- view your account history
- learn how to make a payment online
You can also access information on utilities, business licences and dog licences-all in one place. Register at the link below.