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Property Tax

 

Property Tax

Due Date: July 2, 2020

 

Property Tax Notices are sent in May via Canada Post. The deadline to pay taxes and claim your homeowner grant without penalty is the first business day after July 1st . A 10% penalty will be assessed on all (including unclaimed Home Owner Grant) outstanding current amounts after the due date. View the insert that was included with all notices for important City information.

The Home Owner Grant applications should be made online using the password provided on your tax notice and clicking on the link below. It is recommended to apply prior to the deadline to avoid penalties. Click here for instructions to complete the online application.

PENALTY:

The penalty of 10% will be applied to any outstanding current property taxes, including the amount of the Home Owner Grant if unclaimed, on the following dates as per BC Legislation:

July 3, 2020 for the following Classes: (the class for your property will be shown down the left side of the property tax notice)

  • 1 - Residential
  • 2 - Utility
  • 9 - Farm

October 1, 2020 for the following Classes:

  • 5 - Light Industry
  • 6 - Business
  • 8 - Seasonal

 

COVID-19 Related Updates:

City Council understands the residents of Armstrong may be experiencing tough times financially during the COVID-19 pandemic. In order to offer some assistance, the 2020 budget was reviewed and certain expenses will be delayed in order to keep the tax increase to a minimum. The new Infrastructure Levy was reduced from 2.5% down to 1.28% to help reduce the tax burden. Council also introduced a one time COVID-19 Rebate in 2020 for all residential properties of $45.

If you still will struggle to pay your 2020 Property Taxes, the Province of BC offers two different deferment programs. To defer your taxes means the Province will pay the City on your behalf, and a loan will be applied to your property to be paid at a later date. Visit their website for more information www.gov.bc.ca/propertytaxdeferment.

City Hall will be open during our regular office hours; Monday - Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed Weekends and Statutory Holidays.

Special COVID-19 Safety Procedure will be in place. View City Hall Entry Procedures here.

Payments can be made multiple ways:

  • Mail cheque and / or home owner grant application form to the City of Armstrong, PO Box 40, Armstrong BC, V0E 1B0​;
  • In person at your financial institution - check with them directly for hours of operation;
  • Online through your financial institution - be aware of processing times and submit your payment prior to the due date to avoid penalties;
  • Drop off cheque in mail slot or drop box at City Hall after hours;
  • Cash, cheque, or Interac at City Hall, 3570 Bridge Street, Armstrong, COVID-19 Procedures will be in place, be prepared for extra wait times. View Entry Procedures here.

Please remember to claim your homeowner grant annually even if your mortgage company pays the taxes on your behalf.

Further information about payments:

  • Post dated cheques are accepted; however, to avoid penalty do not make it later than the due date. Post marks are not accepted as proof of receipt
  • Partial payments are accepted any time throughout the year at City Hall, or online
  • Cheques are to be made payable to City of Armstrong - please ensure the cheque is completed in full including signature and date
  • Credit cards are NOT accepted
  • E-Transfers are NOT accepted

If you have any questions please contact City Hall @ 250-546-3023 or info@cityofarmstrong.bc.ca.

The office is open 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday; however we do have a mail slot in the door for after hours.

We will be closed Saturdays, Sundays, and for all Statutory Holiday.

 

Pre Pay 2021 Taxes with our Pre-Authorized Payment Plan. Complete the form and return to City Hall by July 2, 2020.

 

Home Owner Grants (click on title for more information)
Contact the City for information on grant eligibility and the application form in case you have misplaced your Property Tax Notice. There is also information on retroactive grants for last year at the City office. After taxes have been levied in the middle of May, the grant can be claimed online here.
 

Tax Due Date & Penalty Information

View the Provincial Government's website for regulations on how the City is required to process the property tax penalty.

 

Quick Links:

Retroactive Grant Application Form

Grant for People with Disabilities

Property Tax Deferment Program (click on title for more information)
Information from the BC Government on Tax Deferment Programs. There are currently 2 separate programs for deferment of property taxes: Regular (55 and older, or disability) or Family with Children. Application forms are available at City Hall.
 

Permissive Tax Exemptions (click on title for Policy 2-200-3)

Eligible non-profit organizations may apply to Council for a permissive tax exemption. The application form is available here.

 

Property Tax Certificate

Tax certificates will show the tax information for a property including home owner grant and utility information. It will also show if there are any outstanding charges to the property. We provide this certificate to City of Armstrong residents free of charge. The certificate can be emailed or picked up at the office. Any non-property owner (i.e. lawyer, notary public, real estate agent) will need to go through an online option (see below) and will be charged for a tax certificate.

Our Tax Certificates are conveniently available online through:

  • myLTSA Enterprise:  If you have an account, log in and from the main menu, select Service Providers and Order Tax Certificates. For more information about myLTSA or to become a customer, visit myLTSA.
  • APIC: If you prefer to pay for the tax certificate by credit card, please visit www.apicanada.com to open an account and order your Tax Certificate.

 

Is your mailing address incorrect? 
Please click on the link below to update the mailing address for your property tax notice and utility invoice.

https://eforms.bcassessment.ca/address_change_form.asp.