To help better understand the nuances involved with property taxes, here are some Frequently Asked Questions:
Do taxes cover from July to July?
- No. Taxes cover the calendar year of January 1 to December 31 of the current year, but are due the first business day in July.
Can I appeal my taxes?
- No. You can only appeal the assessment of your property. The BC Assessment office mails your assessment notice December 31 and you have 30 days in which to appeal your assessment at their office.
I did not receive a tax notice, do I still owe taxes?
- Yes. If you own property, you are responsible for the taxes, whether or not you receive a tax notice. You should notify the Tax Department if you own or have purchased property and have not received a tax notice by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can use the online service "MyWhistler" to view your property tax notice. Please notify BC Assessment if you have changed your mailing address.
I have just purchased this property, am I responsible for the taxes?
- When properties change hands, arrangements for payment of taxes should be worked out by the parties involved (usually involves a lawyer). It should be recognized that taxes are levied against the property, not the owner, and therefore remain with the property in spite of any change of ownership.
- Send the Municipality an email at email@example.com with notification of purchase or sale of a Whistler property to update new information quickly.
Can I prepay my property taxes?
- Yes. You can make a payment to your Property Taxes at any time of the year.
I am on the pre-payment plan. Do I still have to claim my Home Owner Grant?
- Yes. The Home Owner Grant must be claimed each year that you are eligible.
- You can also claim your Home Owner Grant online beginning in late May.
If I live in a home for part of the year, can I claim part of the Home Owner Grant?
- No. Home Owner Grants cannot be apportioned. An applicant must qualify for either all or none of the grant.
I turn 65 this calendar year. Can I claim the additional Home Owner Grant?
- If you are turning 65 at any point of the calendar year, January 1 to December 31, and your Whistler home is your primary home then you are eligible to claim the additional grant in the current year.
Can I claim my Home Owner Grant if I am not paying my Property Taxes?
- Yes. The Home Owner Grant must be received by the Tax Department no later than the tax due date. Otherwise, it is considered to be outstanding taxes and is subject to a 10% penalty.
- You can also claim your Home Owner Grant online.
Are all people with disabilities entitled to claim the Additional Grant?
- Yes, please visit the Home Owner Grant website for qualifications.
Why do I have to apply for my Home Owner Grant every year?
- A property may be owner-occupied one year and rented out the next. Therefore an owner must certify each year that he/she still qualifies for the Home Owner Grant.
When can I apply for my Home Owner Grant?
- The earliest date for application is after the mailing of the annual tax notices (usually mid-May) and the latest is December 31. A retro-active Home Owner Grant application for the previous year's grant can be approved in certain circumstances.
My mortgage company is paying my taxes. Do I still need to come to Municipal Hall?
- Even though your mortgage company is paying your taxes, you still must either claim your Home Owner Grant online, or come to the Municipal Hall if you wish to claim a Home Owner Grant.
- If you do not live in Whistler, confirm with your mortgage company that they will by paying the Column A amount. If you live in Whistler let your mortgage company know whether you qualify for the basic or additional grant.
Can I mail in my tax notice with payment / Home Owner Grant?
- Yes. In mailing our tax notice, you must ensure that the Home Owner Grant is properly completed, if applicable, and that your cheque is made out correctly.
- Please remember when mailing your tax notice that the post mark is NOT accepted as proof of payment date. It is the date that we receive the funds.
- Payments must be received at this Municipal Hall no later than 4:30 p.m. of the tax due date.
Can I leave a post-dated cheque?
- Yes. The last day you may post date your cheque is the tax due date.