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Rural property tax notices arriving soon

June 03, 2013 - 9:17 AM

Rural property owners in the Central Okanagan East and West Electoral areas will shortly be receiving tax notices from the Provincial Government.

The Regional District reminds these property owners in the electoral areas that it does not collect taxes directly and does not accept payment of Property Taxes.  Rural Property Tax Notices are collected by the Province.  Within local municipal jurisdictions, taxes for Regional District purposes are included on municipal tax notices and are collected from property owners within the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and District of West Kelowna.

Property owners in the two rural electoral areas may complete their Home Owner Grant Application and make their tax payment, payable to the Minister of Finance, at most financial institutions; through their mortgage agreement; by internet or telephone banking or by mail to the Surveyor of Taxes, P.O. Box 9446, Stn Prov Govt, Victoria, B.C., V8W 9V6.  Property owners in the City of Kelowna, District of Lake Country, District of Peachland and District of West Kelowna must direct their property taxes payments to their local government.

Property owners in the Central Okanagan East and Central Okanagan West Electoral Areas with questions about their Rural Property Tax Notice should contact the Surveyor of Taxes at 1-800-663-7867 and request a transfer to 250-387-0555; by email (ruraltax@gov.bc.ca); or they can go online to the Ministry of Finance website at:
www.sbr.gov.bc.ca/individuals/Property_Taxes/Rural_Property_Tax/rpt.htm.

To avoid any penalty, please ensure rural property taxes are paid by July 2nd, 2013 or if the payment is being made by mail, it must be postmarked on or before July 2nd.  There are also a number of Provincial Government property tax deferment programs available that qualifying property owners may wish to consider.  Details on these are available on the Ministry website.

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