The program is now open for the 2016 fiscal year, and closes effective December 31, 2016, late applications will be denied.
Application forms will be mailed out to last years applicants.
Applications received from homeowners with outstanding debt to HRM such as overdue fees, fines, or payment arrears, will have the rebate applied against any debt prior to a cheque being issued, as per Administrative Order 18 - HRM's Collection Policy.
Halifax Regional Municipality can help homeowners pay their property tax through a payment plan, a property tax rebate, or deferral of property taxes (payment is put off to a later date). These programs are available to all homeowners with a combined household income of $33,000 or less a year who live within the boundary of Halifax Regional Municipality.
There are different programs to choose from depending on a person's needs. It is important that you know what choices exist. The newsletter lists the different types of programs, who can apply, and how to complete an application each year.
You can have your exemption award direct deposited to your bank account by completing the Electronic Payment Registration Form and returning it with your application and a Void Cheque.
The Residential Property Tax Exemption Application form and a Guide are available each year from Customer Service Centers, the Corporate Call Centre, the Financial Services Department and on this website. Each year an advertisement is placed in the newspaper to inform the public that the program is open for applications.
After you have filed your personal income tax for the current income tax year 2015 filed in April 2016 and have received the Notice of Assessment back from Canada Customs and Revenue Agency confirming your income, you can then complete your application.
A copy of this must be submitted with your application form as confirmation of income is required.
Notice of Assessment: This is the form that Canada Customs and Revenue Agency sends back to you after you have filed income tax for the year.
This form states your total income and whether or not you owe Canada Customs and Revenue Agency money or are receiving a refund. If you do not have a copy of your Notice of Assessment from Canada Customs and Revenue Agency, you can call 1-800-959-8281 and have one sent to you.
Note: This is not your Notice of Assessment for your property, and is not the Notice of Assessment for GST Rebate, or your Tax Summary, or your child tax credit amount.
Income is determined by the amount of money received, by all members of the family over the age of 18. The gross household income level is set by Regional Council and accounted for under Administrative Order 10, and By-law T-700.
Table "T" can be found in the newsletter on page 4 and in the application form with a complete breakdown of income versus taxes for the eligible rebate.
The Residential Property Tax Deferral Program allows a homeowner to put off paying part or all of their property taxes due in the current year (the year in which application is made).
A deferral cannot be backdated, it only applies to the year in which you make application. So, if you want to defer your property tax you must apply each year and provide proof of income.
The amount of tax deferred is a "lien" against the value of the property. The debt is collected if title to the property is transferred to another owner (such as in an estate settlement, a divorce, tax sale or if the property is re-possessed by a bank). The total amount deferred on a property cannot exceed 75% of the assessed value of the property.
All applications received for the Deferral of Property Taxes Program will not be processed until after the final taxation bill has been issued and the payment due date passed, any and all interest on the account for the current year at that time will be reversed.
Effective April 1, 2007, Regional Council has approved an amendment to By-law T-700. The by-law was amended with the addition of an interest rate on deferred property taxes in the amount of Prime -2% for qualifying applicants and Prime + 2% for customers who have not applied to the program in the last year, or no longer qualify for the deferral or exemption programs within HRM.
Local Improvement Charges may be added to a property owner for services such as sewer, water or road work. These charges are paid once a year. If you need help paying for a local improvement charge you may do the following:
1. Set up a payment plan with HRM Financial Services; and
2. Apply for a Deferral of Local Improvement Charges.
A Deferral of Local Improvement Charges allows a homeowner to put off paying the local improvement charge without accumulating further interest on the outstanding amount.
A deferral cannot be backdated, it only applies to the year in which you make application. So, if you want to defer your Local Improvement Charge you must apply each year and provide proof of income.
The debt is collected if title to the property is transferred to another owner (such as in an estate settlement or a divorce, tax sale or if the property is re-possessed by a bank).
The total amount deferred on a property cannot exceed 75% of the assessed value of the property. In order to continue receiving the deferral of local improvement charges, you must renew your application each year.