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Annual property taxes are the District’s main source of revenue and are critical to providing valuable programs and services to residents in the community. Property tax bill will be mailed out at the beginning of June and due on July 2, 2020. To provide property owners extra time to pay their property taxes through this uncertain economic time of COVID-19, the 10% late payment penalty will not be applied until October 1, 2020 for all property classes. The collection of property taxes also includes revenues that the City collects on behalf of other agencies. For example, a portion of property tax collections are distributed to the Province for School Tax, Police Tax, BC Assessment, the Municipal Finance Authority, and the Regional District of Fraser Fort George, and Regional Hospital.
Property Tax Due Dates
Property tax notices will be mailed to property owners the first week of June. Property tax due date is July 2, 2020. To provide property owners extra time to pay their taxes through this uncertain economic time of COVID-19, the 10% late payment penalty will not be applied until October 1, 2020 for all property classes.
Note: New property owners or property owners who have not received a property tax notice will need to contact the District office to receive a copy.
Non-receipt of a property tax notice is not a valid reason for failing to pay taxes by the due date.
How to Pay Your Property Tax
Make sure to claim the Home Owner Grant (if eligible) before October 1, 2020 to avoid the 10% late payment penalty.
Home Owner Grants
The Home Owner Grant is a provincial subsidy program, administered by Home Owner Grant Administration and Municipal Collectors. The purpose of the grant is to reduce the burden of residential property taxes on registered owners who occupy eligible residences.
There are two categories of grants which can help you reduce your property taxes payable. Depending on your home's assessed value and your age, you may qualify for one of the following:
- Basic Grant: up to $770
- Additional Grant: for those 65 and older of up to $1045
To claim the basic or additional grant, property owners must meet the certain eligibility requirements and you must complete an application form each year. The application form is located at the bottom of your tax notice. You can also use the electronic form FIN 78, Application for Homeowner Grant. Application should be made prior to the due date for your property tax.
WARNING: Home Owner Grant applications that are incomplete, unclaimed or late will result in penalty charges. Grants not claimed are considered equivalent to unpaid taxes.
Property Tax Deferment
Property Tax Deferment is a low-interest loan program that assists qualifying homeowners in British Columbia in paying the current year's property taxes on their homes. The program is administered by the Province in conjunction with municipal tax collectors.
Starting April 20, 2020, BC residential property owners would apply for the property tax deferment on their principal residence online, quickly and easily.
For more information please visit the Province of BC’s Defer Your Property Taxes page.
Annual Tax Sale
In accordance with the Local Government Act, the District of Mackenzie may conduct an annual tax sale the last Monday in September by offering for sale by public auction each parcel of real property on which taxes are delinquent (meaning the property has outstanding taxes from 2 years prior to the current year).
The BC Assessment Authority is a provincial Crown corporation that determines the market value of all real properties in British Columbia. The assessed value determines what the taxation will be for a property.
The District has no authority over the Assessed Value by BC Assessment and it is in your best interest to review your assessment once received and bring any concerns you may have about the assessed value to BC Assessment.
BC Assessment: 1-866-825-8322 (toll free) | www.bcassessment.ca