Pay Property Taxes By July 4 to Avoid Penalties

Port Coquitlam property owners must pay their property taxes by July 4, but they don’t have to wait in line to do so.

By now all properties should have received their 2022 tax notices, which include information about how to pay property taxes and claim the Home Owner Grant online to avoid the lineups at City Hall. A five per cent penalty will be added if current taxes remain unpaid after July 4. A further five per cent penalty will be added to unpaid current taxes after Sept. 15.

The City encourages taxpayers to save time and skip the line by taking advantage of online banking or other payment methods, such as: mailing or dropping off a post-dated cheque or money order, paying at the bank, or signing up for the City’s monthly pre-payment plan (portcoquitlam.ca/prepayment).

Paying taxes through online banking is quick and easy:

  1. Log in, go to the payments area and add “Port Coquitlam Tax” as a payee. Enter your folio number as your account number, with no dashes or spaces. (If your bank requires a 12-digit number, add 224 to the beginning of your folio number with no dashes or spaces.)
  2. Go to the bill payment area. Enter the amount due and the payment date, confirm the details and then submit. (Please note that online payments may be dated the following business day. This year’s suggested payment date is June 30 to ensure the deadline is met.)
  3. Save or print out the confirmation page or record the confirmation number for your files. This is your proof your payment was processed.

Residents are advised that penalties will be applied if their financial institution rejects payment, or if payment is received after the due date from their financial institution.

The City of Port Coquitlam is advising residents who have not received their tax notice by mail yet to immediately contact the Tax Office at 604-927-5425 or taxes@portcoquitlam.ca to request a notice. Property owners can also sign up for MyPortCoquitlam at portcoquitlam.ca/online to view and manage their City tax and utility bills online.

A reminder that annual Home Owner Grants must now be claimed online at gov.bc.ca/homeownergrant by the due date to avoid penalty and interest. Instructions for paying taxes and claiming the Home Owner Grant online, can be found at portcoquitlam.ca/taxes, along with more information about payment options. Payment details are also printed on the back of the tax notice.

The Tax Office at City Hall is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for residents that want to pay their taxes in person.

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MEDIA CONTACTS

Ximena Ibacache
Manager of Communications & Administrative Services
City of Port Coquitlam
Tel 604.927.5499
Email ibacachex@portcoquitlam.ca