City of Vancouver: Skip the trip to City Hall, pay your taxes online

THE City of Vancouver on Tuesday reminded residential and non-residential property owners that 2021 property taxes are due for payment by Monday, July 5.

Pay online in minutes

To avoid line-ups and delays, property owners are encouraged to make their payment online. Other ways to pay include via ATM or in-person at a bank (taxpayers should be aware of their bank’s transaction cut off times for payments, to ensure their payment reaches the City by July 5).

In-person payment at City Hall is available, but only during business hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.) Taxpayers should be prepared to line up. Cash payments are not accepted. Cheque payments can also be dropped off up until 11:59 p.m. on July 5 at City Hall’s secure 24/7 mail slot, located at the south doors off West 12th Avenue.

A penalty will apply to payments received by the City after the July 5 due date. If help is required, property owners can call 3-1-1 or chat online with an advisor on the City’s website.

Home owner grant applications now submitted to province

Starting this year, property owners must submit their home owner grant applications directly to the province, not the City. For questions about the home owner grant, contact the province at 1-888-355-2700.

Deferring property taxes

The province offers a Tax Deferment Program that allows property owners who meet certain eligibility requirements to defer their taxes. In order to avoid a penalty from the City, deferments for 2021 taxes should be completed by July 5. For eligibility and details on how to defer, visit the province’s website.

July 5 final deadline for late 2019 Empty Homes Tax declarations

July 5 is also the last chance for property owners who missed their Empty Homes Tax declaration for the 2019 tax year to submit a late declaration. A $375 fine applies to these declarations, as per the Vacancy Tax By-law.

Sign up for online services

Property owners can manage their City finances online by signing up for an online tax service account. Here, they can sign up to receive e-bills straight to their inbox, check their tax account balance, view past bills and payment history, submit their annual Empty Homes Tax declaration, and more.