Possible Mail Disruption No Excuse to Miss Tax Deadline
Prince George, B.C. – End of the business day July 8th, is the deadline to have your municipal taxes paid without fear of penalty.
As the cooling off period between Canada Post and the Canadian Union of Postal workers has ended, and there is a potential for a disruption in mail service, taxpayers in Prince George who haven’t yet paid those tax bills, need to check their options.
Some, but not all, banks will accept municipal tax payments says Kris Dalio, Director of Finance for the City of Prince George. He advises you to check with your bank to see if they offer that service.
The City also suggests these options to ensure you can make the deadline:
- At City Hall: by cash, cheque, debit card, or post-dated cheque. The City does not accept payment of taxes by credit card, including internet banking by credit card. Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday. After hours, you may use the drop slots located on either side of the City Hall building.
- By Mail: Payments sent through the mail must be received at City Hall by the due date. Postmarks are not accepted. If you are mailing the payment or using the drop box, ensure that you enclose the remittance stub.
- Most Financial Institutions: If paying on the due date, please check the bank stamp to ensure that it is stamped with the proper date. If using a bank machine, keep your receipt. When the City receives your payment from the bank, it is dated up to 4 days after the date that you made the payment.
- Pay Electronically: You may pay electronically if you are a member of a financial institution that offers this service. If you have sold your property or changed location, contact your financial institution to update the electronic information; otherwise you may pay someone else’s account. Note: should you choose this option, your application for the Home Owner Grant must be submitted to City Hall by the due date to avoid penalty.
If your taxes are paid by a mortgage company, bank, or other agent, complete and sign the Home Owner Grant form, if you are eligible, and forward it to the City of Prince George by the due date. You can also claim your home owner grant online.
The City sent out 22 thousand tax notices this year.