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Fake tax notices mailed out

Fake tax notices have been sent to homeowners in Vancouver.

The forms received by some owners in the city's West Side look like the real thing, but did not come from the government.

A group called Step Up Now sent out the forms, which detail a controversial new school tax that will affect Point Grey homeowners. They show the owner's latest property tax assessment, and what to expect next year due to the tax.

Homeowner Stephen Wiseman says he'll pay an extra $13,000 on his $6.7-million house because of it.

"I was pretty shocked to see this in print… I don't have the money to pay this tax," he told CTV.

"All of a sudden with these tax rates, doctors, lawyers, accountants, other professionals are really wondering where they're going to come up with the money to stay in their own house," he said.

Step Up Now has not commented on the notices.

But, the school tax has sparked protests, with some residents calling for the recall of MLA David Eby.

The Ministry of Finance says residents should disregard the fake notices.

"This is inappropriate, misleading and could result in harm to homeowners. We will take appropriate measures with the organization," the ministry said.

Real tax notices will be mailed out in January.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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