Deadline extended for empty homes tax declarations


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The city of Vancouver is pushing back the deadline for residential property owners to submit declarations needed to avoid the empty homes tax.

The city says about 96 per cent of all property owners have so far submitted their required Empty Homes Tax declarations but about 7,000 have still not informed the city about the status of their properties.

Because 2017 was the first year the new tax was in effect, the city says it’s pushing back the declaration filing deadline by a month to March 5.

Those who have not filed by then face a $250 fine and their properties will be deemed vacant and subject to the new tax, with notices of fines and penalties to be issued in mid-March.