Deadlines and Penalties
Important dates for 2018
BC Assessment sends your Property Assessment Notice by mail in January.
Bowen Island Municipality sends your Property Tax Notice by mail, usually in May or June.
|July 4||A 5% penalty is applied to any outstanding 2018 taxes, including any unclaimed home owner grants|
|August 2||A second 5% penalty is applied to any outstanding 2018 taxes|
|Tax sale date (applies to properties with three years of outstanding taxes)|
How to avoid paying penalties, interest, or fees
Late tax payments are subject to penalties and interest. To avoid these, be sure that, by the due date, you:
- Pay your taxes
- Claim your home owner grant (if eligible)
- Submit your completed new or renewal tax deferment application along with any outstanding arrears payment to Municipal Hall
Types of penalties, interest, and fees
Penalties on unpaid taxes
If you miss the payment deadline:
- A 5% penalty is applied to the current year's unpaid taxes after the first working day in July
- An additional 5% penalty is applied to the current year's unpaid taxes after the first working day in August
Current year property taxes that remain unpaid at December 31 become arrears on January 1, and will be charged daily interest until paid.
Any taxes in arrears that remain unpaid on December 31 in the year following the year in which they became taxes in arrears are delinquent on that date, and charged daily interest until paid.
Properties with three years of outstanding taxes are subject to the Annual Tax Sale on the last Monday in September.
Fees for returned cheques
Cheques rejected by your financial institution for any reason are considered non-payment of taxes and are subject to applicable penalties and interest charges. In addition, Bowen Island Municipality will charge an administrative fee of $30 for each rejected payment.