Some householders are unbearable.
It’s not sufficient that their fairness has skyrocketed over time because of a tsunami of overseas cash flowing into Metro Vancouver, however some have the audacity to complain about paying their taxes on time.
I wrote a number of days in the past about “Karen in Burnaby” and her complaining that the city didn’t remind her to pay her taxes on the finish of September – after getting that deadline prolonged a number of months as a consequence of COVID-19.
In response, “Dan in Burnaby” stated he too missed the Sept. 30 deadline, including that he was “shocked” at lacking the date despite the fact that the town has warned repeatedly that the date was coming.
“My missed fee was nothing to do with 2020, nothing to do with COVID,” he stated. “One thing occurred this 12 months that I nonetheless can not work out that I merely forgot. My accountability, my mistake.”
OK, no less than he’s taking the sort of accountability that Karen didn’t. However then he went additional with this criticism of the town.
“What I consider is the bigger subject is why is the federal government allowed to cost a 10% penalty for a missed fee which will solely be a number of days late?” he requested. “Ought to extra conventional industrial calculations be used? Ought to there be higher limits on the rate of interest which may be charged? We’ve got limits on bank card corporations, limits on payday loans, we restrict a landlord from charging 10% for late lease. The outrage that might occur if landlords may cost a 10% penalty for lacking by a number of days.
“I consider cities ought to do higher, they need to be held to related industrial requirements as say a bank card. So in a traditional tax 12 months, say I miss the July 1st-ish deadline, these excellent on the finish of month would obtain discover and be charged for the month of curiosity, then once more at two months, and many others. So if that was 23% each year, that could be a bit lower than 2% per thirty days vs 10%. Why would the federal government and particularly the cities/municipalities get such preferential remedy, you’re handled extra pretty if in case you have rural property than within the metropolis.”
For the report, in line with the Metropolis of Burnaby, 96% of householders paid their taxes by the Sept. 30 deadline.
The deadline was clear. Complaining concerning the penalty when the town particulars it proper on its web site feels dangerously entitled and unsuitable. And each Dan and Karen didn’t say they couldn’t pay as a consequence of COVID-19. They only forgot. Sorry, however it’s the value you pay for all that unearned fairness.
Simply pay up and be higher subsequent 12 months.
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