Sample Rural Property Tax Notice

The following in an example of a tax notice for a property located in a rural area:

Sample rural tax notice.

  1.  Due date
    The date your taxes are due. If you do not pay your taxes on or before this date, you will be charged late payment penalties.

  2. Enrolment Code
    The code that you will use when you enrol for access to eTaxBC to pay your property taxes, claim your home owner grant, view or print your tax notice and manage your account.

  3.  Folio number
    The number used to identify your property.

    Note: The format for this year’s folio number is different from previous years. If you pay your property taxes through online banking, you must update your existing payee information to the new folio number.

  4.  Account number
    The code that identifies you as a property taxpayer.

  5. Letter ID
    The number that identifies your tax notice.

  6.  Property address
    The physical location of your property.

  7.  Parcel identifier (PID)
    The number assigned by the Land Title and Survey Authority that identifies your piece of land.

  8.  Legal description
    The physical description of the property as it is registered with the Land Title and Survey Authority.

  9.  Class
    The type or use of your property determined by BC Assessment. There are nine different classes that your property can be categorized into. Each property class has its own tax rate.

  10.  Land value and improvements
    The assessed value, determined by BC Assessment, of your land and any improvements (such as buildings) on the land that are taxable.

  11.  Rate
    The tax rate that is being applied to the land value, improvement value or both.

  12.  School tax
    Property owners share the cost of providing education in British Columbia even if they do not use the services. You are required to pay school taxes on each property you own, unless the property qualifies for:

  13.  Less: home owner grant
    The eligible home owner grant amount that reduces school tax. Any eligible remaining home owner grant will be applied to other taxes.

  14.  Provincial rural tax
    The provincial rural tax helps fund provincial services in rural areas including maintenance and snow removal for public secondary roads (does not include highways or private roads).

  15.  Police tax
    All property owners in a rural area pay police tax. The tax rate for police tax is the same within each regional district electoral area.

  16.  Local services
    Specific local services are listed on your property tax notice. You are required to pay for local services when your property is within a local service area's boundaries. All property owners within a local service area share the cost of local services even if they do not use them.

    The province bills and collects taxes on behalf of a variety of provincial and local government taxing jurisdictions to fund local services, including:

    Local services are often identified with the name of your community. To check the local services that apply to your property, call your regional district finance or planning office.

  17.  Parcel tax
    A tax amount that spreads the cost of a service equally between taxpayers in a service area regardless of assessed value.

  18.  Residual home owner grant
    The remaining home owner grant amount available to be applied to other taxes after it has been applied to the school tax.

  19.  Total 2017 property taxes
    The total net tax payable for the current year.

  20.  Delinquent taxes
    Any unpaid taxes from previous years you may have. Delinquent taxes may include eligible debts transferred to taxes from the previous year. If you made a recent payment, it may not be reflected in your property tax notice.

  21.  Remittance Advice
    When you pay by mail or at a government office, submit the remittance advice with your payment. You can also pay your property taxes online through eTaxBC or through a bank or financial institution. You do not need to submit the remittance advice if you pay online.

    Note: This is not your Home Owner Grant application. You can claim the grant by completing the Rural Home Owner Grant online application or by submitting the separate paper or by submitting the separate paper Rural Home Owner Grant form enclosed with your property tax notice and the remittance advice.

  22.  A
    The amount of property tax you owe if you or the property don't qualify for the home owner grant.

  23.  B
    The amount of property tax you owe if you qualify and apply for the basic home owner grant. If the property does not qualify for the grant, the full tax total will be displayed.

  24.  C
    The amount of property tax you owe if you qualify and apply for the additional home owner grant. If the property does not qualify for the grant, the full tax total will be displayed.

If you have any questions about your rural property tax notice please refer to the contact information on the back of your property tax notice.