Property Tax Deferment Annual Renewal and Statement of Account
Your tax deferment agreement must be renewed each year if you want the province to continue to pay your property taxes on your behalf.
Automatic renewal can be set up when you apply for property tax deferment or when you apply to renew. However, to qualify for renewal, you must continue to meet the requirements for the tax deferment program you are renewing:
If you haven't set up automatic renewal, you must apply to renew your tax deferment agreement after May 1 of each year or pay the next year's taxes to your property tax office.
If you have set up automatic renewal, then no further action is needed. You can check the status of your renewal through your eTaxBC account.
Note: If you're selling your home or refinancing, please contact us before you submit your renewal application as you may not qualify.
You can apply to renew your agreement once you’ve received your property tax notice. You have until December 31 of the current year to apply; however, we suggest you apply before the property tax due date to avoid late payment penalties.
If you have Power of Attorney and are renewing on behalf of a qualifying registered owner, you must certify the renewal with your name as it appears on the Power of Attorney document and upload a copy of this document when prompted in the application.
Additional information may be requested by email or mail to support your renewal application.
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If you are renewing under the Regular Program, a $10 renewal fee will be added to your deferment account if your renewal agreement is approved.
There are no fees for the Families with Children Program.
Set Up Automatic Renewal
When you apply for renewal, you can choose to set up automatic renewal for subsequent years. With automatic renewal, you’ll be able to check the status of your renewal through your eTaxBC account.
If you submit your renewal application after the tax due date or your renewal is rejected for any reason after the tax due date, your property tax office may charge you a late payment penalty.
Your renewal may be cancelled if:
- You no longer meet all qualifications for the tax deferment program
- You don’t provide us with requested information by the date indicated
- You pay your current year’s property taxes in full
- You sell your home
- You refinance with your lender and your tax deferment loan is paid in full
- You refinance your mortgage for a higher amount and, as a result, you no longer have sufficient equity
- You change owner information on the property title
- The property is no longer your principal residence
- You subdivide the property
- Any legal action is taken against your property, such as a foreclosure
- You enter bankruptcy or consumer proposal proceedings
We will issue an annual Statement of Account by early May each year. The statement is for your information only. It’s not an invoice for payment.
The Statement of Account includes the following account information:
- Your account balance
- Total amount deferred
- Total payments applied
- Total interest accrued
- Total fees accrued
- Interest rates applied
Your Statement of Account doesn’t include current year property taxes or any payments you may have made after March 31.
If you need to know the current outstanding balance on your loan, log in to your eTaxBC account or contact our office.