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Potential postal strike not an excuse for late tax payments: City of Kamloops

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June 23, 2016 - 4:30 PM

KAMLOOPS - With a potential Canada Post strike looming, the City of Kamloops is warning homeowners to make sure their taxes are paid on time.

With a strike potentially starting July 2 and taxes due July 4, property owners sending tax payments by mail could see their payments delayed, the city states in a press release. As taxes must be paid by July 4, a delayed cheque with a postmark from July 4 or earlier is not considered on time if the payment is received late by the city.

On average roughly 3,600 Kamloops residents pay through the mail, city taxation manager Parissa Bhullar says.

“We’re at about 50 per cent of tax payers paying their taxes so far,” she says. “That's on trend.”

She says people typically don’t want to part with their money until closer to the deadline, but warns that might not be a good idea if homeowners are planning to pay via mail this year.

Online payment or post-dated cheques are fine though, she says, and paying at city hall is an option, though there may be lineups.

Homeowners are also being warned the potential strike could affect the city receiving homeowner grants by mail.

Taxes not paid by July 4 are subject to a one-time 10 per cent penalty.

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