Tobacco Tax

Deadline for Tobacco Tax Membership 2016 

The last scheduled Membership meeting for 2016, will be held on October 13, 2016.  You must be a Cowichan Tribes member by November 2016 in order to be eligible for the 2016 Tobacco Tax distribution.   

**Updated Oct. 3, 2016**

Tobacco Tax Application Information
When filling out the forms make sure that your Band Number, Birth Date, Address, Phone Numbers are all correct and MUST BE SIGNED (forms with no signature will not be processed) Please make sure that your application is complete with supporting documents before coming in - otherwise, it will not be processed.

The Tobacco Tax Form is read only, please print and fill out by hand.  They can be mailed, faxed or dropped off in the Administration Building located at 5760 Allenby Road, Duncan, B.C. V9L 5J1 or fax to 250-715-3323  Deadlines to submit the Tobacco Tax forms can be found under the Application Deadline Heading of the 2016 Tobacco Tax Distribution Dates


If I am non-native or non-member, but am the parent/guardian of a Cowichan Tribes child(ren), can I apply? YES. According to the policy, Criteria For Eligibility, item 6 states "The parent/caregiver/guardian who has care and control of the child/children is the person eligible to apply and receive the Tobacco Tax distribution; if in dispute proof of Child Tax benefits or proof of guardianship must be provided".
If I miss the application Deadline, can I still apply? The final application deadline is September 15, 2017. If you do not submit an application by this date, you will not receive your 2016 Tobacco Tax distribution. 
What happens to the funds if I do not apply? All unclaimed funds are carried forward to the 2017 distribution.
Can I have my funds Direct Deposited? Yes you can, if you have an account in Canada. You must provide a void cheque or have your bank fill out a Direct Deposit Form and provide the original to Cowichan Tribes Finance Department. The form can take up to 5 business days to process, therefore it is up to the member to keep their banking information up to date.
What if I do not have a Canadian Bank account?
Unfortunately Cowichan Tribes is unable to administer direct deposits to banks outside of Canada.
How long before Tobacco Tax distribution should I submit my direct deposit information? Direct deposit forms should be provided to finance the same time you submit your Tobacco Tax application. Finance starts to process the payments as soon as membership approves your Tobacco Tax application. 
Do I have to send in bank information each year? No. You only have to submit a new direct deposit form if your bank account changes.
What happens if I changed bank accounts but forgot to tell Cowichan Tribes? Cowichan Tribes can not retrieve funds that have been submitted as direct deposit for active accounts. If an account has been closed, Cowichan Tribes will have to wait until the funds are returned from the bank institute before they are able to re-issue.


Nov 18, 2016 Dec 8, 2016
Jan 20, 2017 Jan 27, 2017
Apr 14, 2017 Apr 21, 2017
Jul 14, 2017 Jul 21, 2017
Sep 15, 2017 Sep 22, 2017


If you missed the distribution date of December 8, 2016 you can still submit your 2016 Tobacco Tax forms ON OR BEFORE the following dates:  

Jan. 20, 2017 - distribution Jan 27, 2017
Apr. 14, 2017 - distribution Apr. 21, 2017
July 14, 2017 - distribution July 21, 2017
Sept. 15,2017 - distribution Sept. 22, 2017    

All distribution cheques can be picked up at the Administration Building in the Membership Department.  
September 15, 2017 is the deadline for the 2016 Distribution.  Funds not applied for by the date will go back into the community distribution.  
2016 Tobacco Tax Distribution will be on December 08, 2016, Siem Lelum dining hall from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. The amount per person is $262.90.  
  **Updated Nov. 23/16 

Tobacco Tax Applications

The 2016 form can be picked up in the Administration Building.