Quebec hoteliers are calling for flexibility in their municipal tax bill in 2021 and asking the Labeaume administration to allow payment in ten installments.
The general manager of the Association hôtelière de la région de Québec, Marjolaine de Sa, proposes to divide the annual bill into ten installments, starting in March to “mitigate the shock”, instead of the four installments required in 2021 ( March 3, May 3, July 5 and September 3).
On the south shore, the City of Lévis has already offered its taxpayers, for several years, to pay the tax bill in twelve equal installments without charge or interest.
With the evolution of the pandemic, the establishment of stricter rules in Quebec such as the curfew and the new confinement decreed in Ontario, the Hotel Association expects a disastrous month of January and February for its members and staff. ‘once again worried about their ability to pay.
“We are not all ready to pay a tax bill in March, which is based on our 2018 income … We are open to discussing with the City. I want to work with them to find an agreement to make the terms of payment of our taxes more flexible. I extended an invitation to them today. I expect a return from them, ”said Marjolaine de Sa in an interview on Tuesday.
In March 2020, when the health crisis erupted, the City of Quebec announced the postponement of the deadline for three of the four payments required annually. The late payment penalty was also abolished and interest charges reduced from 7% to 5%.
During the presentation of the 2021 budget – last November – the City however confirmed that the tax bill should be paid in 4 equal installments this year. The postponement of the payment deadline is not in the cards this time.
Piece-rate agreement possible
At the office of Mayor Labeaume, we repeat to anyone who wants to hear it that all merchants who have difficulty paying their taxes are invited to contact the City to “make payment agreements” by the piece. This invitation, launched last year, is still valid. The 5% penalty in the event of delay, moreover, has been abolished until December 31, 2021, it is recalled.