Appeal to the Minister of Finance

If you believe an error was made in an assessment, disallowed refund or other decision, you may be able to appeal to the Minister of Finance.

The deadline for filing your appeal depends on what you're appealing. You can appeal certain decisions made for:

Generally, an appeal must be received by the minister within 90 days of the date on the notice or letter you received. However, there are some exceptions and you should confirm the deadline for the decision you're appealing.

There is no charge to file an appeal. However, regardless of the outcome, you're responsible for any costs you may incur (e.g. legal, accounting, appraisal fees).

File Your Appeal

You can file an appeal by completing the Appeal to Minister form (FIN 298) (PDF) or by writing a letter. Your appeal must be signed by you or, in the case of a corporation or trust, by an authorized person.

You should include:

If you don't include these documents, it may affect the time it takes for your appeal to be reviewed.

Submit your appeal and any supporting documents before the deadline to:

  • Mailing Address
    Tax Appeals and Litigation Branch
    Ministry of Finance
    PO Box 9629 Stn Prov Govt
    Victoria BC  V8W 9N6
  • Fax
    250-387-5883
  • Courier Address
    Tax Appeals and Litigation Branch
    Ministry of Finance
    1802 Douglas Street
    Victoria BC  V8T 4K6

Understand the Appeal Review Process

Once you've filed an appeal your request will be reviewed to confirm it meets the requirements of the legislation. If your appeal meets the requirements, an acknowledgement letter will be sent to you with the name and phone number of the appeals officer assigned to review your appeal. Otherwise, you'll receive a letter explaining why your appeal doesn't meet the requirements.

If your appeal meets the requirements, an appeals officer will contact you when they review your appeal to:

  • discuss your case
  • explain the assessment or other decision you're appealing
  • request additional information or documents (if necessary)
  • respond to any questions you may have

After reviewing your appeal, a recommendation will be made to the minister for decision. The minister or the minister's designate will review the recommendation, decide on the appeal and notify you in writing of the results.

If you don't agree with the minister's decision, you may have the right to further appeal.