Ad Valorem Tax Requisition (AVATAR) Tutorial
The program runs in Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows XP or Windows Vista. If you should
encounter any problems with the software or require assistance in using the program, contact the Property
Taxation Branch (25) 387-1242 for assistance or email to Levyreq@gov.bc.ca.
Download the AVATAR executable program from the website. Once you have downloaded AVATAR, you should be
at the ‘Welcome Screen”. Select the ‘Next’ button to proceed.
Load Saved File
Load the requisition .csv file that was sent to you by email using the “Load Save File” option. Ensure that the file
you received belongs to your Regional District.
Screen shot of AVATAR
The .csv file contains the most updated entries for both Ad Valorem and Parcel Tax. Enter the requisitions by
placing your cursor on the service line item and select “Change”. This will take you to the “Change a Requisition”
screen. Enter the 2010 Requisition Amount. For credit requisitions, place a minus (-) sign in front of the amount.
The requisition amount shown should be net of any railway tax and adjustments. Included in the file is the BC
Hydro grants-in-lieu of taxes that were collected in 2009. Also included is your prior year’s requisition for
comparison. If the current requisition amount is greater than 10% from the previous year, the “Comment” field
will highlight in yellow and a request that you provide a comment as to the increase. This information is used to
answer taxpayer questions and is posted on our web page. Select “Change” to complete the entry.
The .csv file has been updated to reflect the most current service area name and coding, however, there may be
some new service area codes that have not been processed by BC Assessment at this time. If you wish to
requisition funds for a new service, use the “Add” button (as shown on the screen shot of AVATAR header) to enter
the service item details.
To Add Ad Valore