Kamloops, BC—The City of Kamloops has calculated the 2022 taxes for property owners following Council’s approval of the tax rates on May 10. Kamloops homeowners will start receiving their 2022 property tax notices this week. Those who have opted to receive e-bills can expect to receive an email soon. Property taxes and Home Owner Grant (HOG) applications are due on Monday, July 4, 2022, and a 10% penalty for late payments or late grant applications will apply as of July 5.
This year, the City is offering even more ways to pay property taxes by increasing the locations of dropboxes and in-person payment options. Residents can now pay in-person from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm, Monday to Friday, at City Hall and the Tournament Capital Centre or they can deposit a cheque at any of the following four dropbox locations:
- City Hall - 7 Victoria Street West
- Tournament Capital Centre - 910 McGill Road
- North Shore Community Policing Office - 915 7th Street
- Westsyde Pool and Fitness Centre - 859 Bebek Road
The City Hall dropbox is accessible from the exterior and is available 24/7. The other dropboxes are located inside and are accessible during facility hours.
“Our goal is to make tax payment as convenient and simple as possible,” said Cara Dawson, the City’s Revenue and Taxation Manager. “We are working to bring services closer to home and to give residents a variety of payment options to match their comfort level. For those who are so inclined, we encourage residents to stay home and take advantage of our online services.”
The City introduced the option for residents to pay property taxes online or in person with Visa or Mastercard last year. These services continue to be available in 2022 with the same non-refundable 1.75% service fee. To pay property taxes online, residents can visit Kamloops.ca/Payment. Residents may also choose to pay property taxes from home through their phone or online banking.
Residents should also remember that they must now apply for their HOGs through the Province. As of 2021, municipalities can no longer accept applications. HOG applications are still due at the same time as property taxes, so the City strongly encourages residents to apply for their 2022 HOGs before July 4 to avoid a penalty. For more information and to apply, visit Gov.BC.ca/HomeOwnerGrant or call 1-888-355-2700.
Residents who are experiencing financial difficulties 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 2023 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 allows tax payers to make monthly payments towards their 2023 property taxes. With TIPS, payments are automatically withdrawn from residents’ bank accounts. Application forms and more information are available online at Kamloops.ca/TIPS.
For more details on property taxes and HOGs, visit Kamloops.ca/PropertyTax.