Municipal Tax Instalment: Deferral of the Second

On June 13, 2017, Gatineau Municipal Council adopted an exceptional measure to defer the second municipal tax instalment scheduled for June 30, 2017 on properties located in an affected area further to the spring 2017 flooding, as follows: 50% of the instalment on February 2, 2018, and 50% of the instalment on July 3, 2018.

For additional information, please consult the following questions and answers:

Which properties will be able to benefit from the deferral of the second instalment scheduled for June 30, 2017?

Every property located in the affected areas listed in appendix IV of by-law 798‑1‑2017 with municipal taxes due on June 30, 2017. Maps of the affected areas are included in the by-law.

Will a new invoice be issued in 2018 for the instalments deferred to February and July, 2018?

No, no invoice will be issued for the deferred amounts. The breakdown of the amount will be indicated under MESSAGE IMPORTANT – Autres factures déjà émises à payer prochainement on your 2018 tax account, which you will receive in January. Simply add that amount to the one on your detachable stub for each 2018 annual instalment amount.

Will interest and penalties be added to the amount of the second instalment for 2017 because it is being deferred?

No, there will not be any late fee for the deferred second 2017 instalment if the full amount is received on or before February 2 and July 3, 2018 in accordance with the established modalities.

My tax account is currently in arrears. Will late fees continue to accumulate on those amounts?

Yes, any amounts that are already in arrears will continue to accumulate late fees. Please call us if you would like to know your balance. A municipal tax payment reminder will be sent out in August 2017. Any municipal tax arrears will also appear on your 2018 tax bill.

Can I pay my June 30, 2017 instalment immediately or before the deferral dates?

Yes, even though the dates have been deferred, you can still pay at any time before those dates.

My second 2017 municipal tax instalment has already been arranged through automatic withdrawal or post-dated cheque. What should I do?

If the second 2017 instalment has already been arranged through automatic withdrawal or post-dated cheque, you should immediately contact the Service des finances at 819-243‑2400 to give us your instructions concerning that payment.

Will my municipal taxes be reduced if my property was damaged in the 2017 floods?

Value-based municipal taxes will be adjusted to any new values assigned by the Service de l'évaluation.

What should I do when I sell my property?

Lawyers are aware that the June 30, 2017 municipal taxes have been deferred. However, we recommend that you mention to your lawyer that your property is one of the ones located in the affected area for which Gatineau deferred the second 2017 instalment. This will enable your lawyer to allocate the necessary municipal taxes between the seller and the buyer of the property.

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