Kamloops, BC — 2020 property tax notices were sent out on May 29, 2020, with notification that the deadline for payment is July 2, 2020. An initial 5% late payment penalty on residential properties will not be applied until later in July. Residential property owners are encouraged to pay on or before July 30, 2020, to avoid a penalty.
The City recognizes the concerns and financial impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has on individuals and homeowners. To provide flexibility for residential property owners (Classes 1, 2, 3, and 9), Council approved extending the penalty date and splitting the 10% penalty between two dates this year, as follows:
- payment by July 2 deadline - no penalty
- 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.
Home Owner Grant (HOG) applications are due on July 2, 2020. Homeowners are encouraged to apply for their HOG on or before September 30, 2020, to avoid a 10% penalty.
If you are experiencing financial difficulties, the Provincial Property Tax Deferment may be available to you. You may qualify for the provincial program if you are:
- 55 or older during the current year
- a surviving spouse of any age
- a person with disabilities
- a parent, step-parent, or financially supporting a child
Full details on the Provincial Property Tax Deferment can be found online at https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/taxes/property-taxes/annual-property-tax or by calling 1-888-355-2700.
Although a grace period is in place, the City strongly encourages those homeowners and businesses that can pay their taxes and apply for their HOG on time to do so. The City relies on property taxes as one of its main sources of revenue for the year, and the timing of receipt of taxes directly impacts the City’s cash flow.
The City encourages all residents to learn about the various methods for payment. 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, options for paying in person look a little different. 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. Residents should expect longer wait times and limited service levels due to ongoing reduced staffing levels and increased cleaning and disinfecting.
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.
For more details on property taxes, Home Owner Grants, and the Provincial Property Tax Deferment, visit Kamloops.ca/PropertyTax.