Kamloops, BC – 2020 property tax notices were due on July 2, 2020. Residential property owners are encouraged to pay on or before July 30, 2020, to avoid an initial 5% penalty which will be applied to their account on July 31, 2020.
To provide flexibility for residential property owners (Classes 1, 2, 3, and 9), Council approved extending the property tax penalty date and splitting the 10% penalty between two dates this year, as follows:
- payment between July 3–July 30 - no penalty
- payment between July 31–September 30 - 5% penalty
- payment on or after October 1 - an additional 5% penalty
Commercial property (Classes 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8) taxes are due on or before September 30, 2020. A 10% late penalty will be applied on October 1, 2020, on any outstanding amounts.
Revenue and Taxation Manager, Cara Dawson, shared her appreciation for the efforts made by residents to pay their taxes on time. 82% of property taxes were paid by July 2, 2020.
“The City relies on property taxes as one of the main sources of revenue for the year, and the timing of receipt from taxes directly impacts the City’s cash flow.” Dawson said. “We appreciate that the COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented changes to our community. We have heard from many organizations and individuals about the financial implications caused by the economic slowdown. Property tax revenue enables the City to continue to provide the essential services that the citizens rely on.”
Home Owner Grant (HOG) applications were due on July 2, 2020. Homeowners are encouraged to apply for their HOG on or before September 30, 2020, to avoid a 10% penalty. HOGs can be claimed online at Kamloops.ca/eHOG—grants not claimed are considered equivalent to unpaid taxes and are subject to the 10% penalty.
A comprehensive list of payment options is outlined on the reverse of the property tax notice and can also be found online at Kamloops.ca/PropertyTax. Alternatively, property owners can connect with City staff by calling 250-828-3311 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the City asks residents who are paying in person to be patient while staff adhere to social distancing restrictions and sanitization protocols. City Hall (7 Victoria Street West) is open to the public for in‑person payment—the first two hours of every day (8:00–10:00 am) is reserved for seniors or people with underlying health issues that make them more vulnerable or high risk. City Hall is now operating on summer hours, 8:00 am–4:00 pm.
Drop boxes are also available at City Hall (24 hours) and the North Shore Community Policing Office, which is located at 915 7th Street (8:30 am–4:30 pm), where residents can deposit their property tax payment and Home Owner Grant application form.