General Property Tax Information
City of Brantford Property Tax Office
Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (holidays excluded)
Civic Address: 220 Colborne Street, Brantford, ON N3T 2H1
Mailing Address: PO Box 515, Brantford, ON N3T 6L6
2013 Interim Property Tax Billing
The due-dates for the Interim Tax Billing are February 27 and April 24, 2013.
2013 INTERIM TAX BILLS:
Your 2013 Interim Bill uses the 2013 assessed value, times half of the 2012 tax rate, to calculate your Interim taxes, limited to not more than 50% of the total 2012 billing. If you have received a 50% limiting credit, it will show in the “Special Charges/Credits” area. For properties that have experienced any tax-class changes or assessment increases, any tax increase for 2013 will be reflected on the Final Bill in June. The Final Bill will show your total 2013 tax amount.
PENALTY & INTEREST CHARGES:
On overdue taxes, a penalty of 1.25% will be added on the day of default of any instalment, plus 1.25% on the first day of each month thereafter until paid. Interest of 1.25% on tax arrears and other charges, is added on the first day of each month until paid.
ASSESSMENT & TAX APPEALS:
Where you feel that the assessment of your property is incorrect, appeals can be made to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC). This information is outlined on the last Assessment notice you received. Appeal forms are available at this Tax Office, or at the Assessment Office at 53 Charing Cross St. Forms can also be downloaded from www.mpac.ca
Where there is a change in the status of your property due to damage by fire, demolition, change in use, etc., notice in writing must be given to the Tax Office, on the prescribed form (called form # 357) in order that an appeal can be prepared and presented to City Council for a tax adjustment. The City obtains the change in assessed value and/or tax class from MPAC in order to calculate the adjustment. Appeals must be filed by the last day of February following the taxation year. (February 28/13 for 2012 taxes.)
Properties that undergo improvements or additions, or a change in tax class (e.g. Residential to Commercial) will receive a “ NOTICE OF SUPPLEMENTARY (or OMITTED) ASSESSMENT “ from the assessment office, (MPAC). You will then receive a Supplementary or Omitted Tax Bill, after the regular Final Tax Bill has been issued. It can take up to three years for the assessment for newly constructed homes or buildings to be given to the City, but taxes are payable from the date of fit-for-occupancy or possession. Please plan ahead by setting aside funds for these potentially large retroactive tax billings. (Assessment Act, 1990, s. 33 & 34)
PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT (PAP) PLANS:
Application forms for PAP plans are available at the Tax Office by clicking on the links above or by clicking for the Tax Forms & Applications area of this site.
TAX SALE LEGISLATION:
If your property taxes are in arrears for all or part of three years as at January 1, it is subject to the Municipal Tax Sale Act, and subject to our fees and costs for all notices sent to inform you of this matter.
PAYMENT IN PERSON: At the Tax Office, 220 Colborne Street (N3T 2H1). An after-hours drop-box is located left of the entrance on Colborne Street. Post-dated cheques and the payment-stubs for both instalments can be left early to avoid missing the due dates. (NOTE: Do not use the drop-box at City Hall for tax payments.)
BY MAIL: PO Box 515, Brantford, ON N3T 6L6. Late mail is subject to late penalty. To avoid late payment penalties, your mailed payment must arrive in our office on or before the due date.
BANKS, CREDIT UNIONS, etc.: Payments may also be made at your own financial institution, on or before the due date. Check for various ways you can pay your property tax bill with them. They may charge a fee for their services. (For ATM or Internet payment, please use the 8-digit account number.)
Your cheque or banking record is your receipt. If you require a stamped receipt for mailed or dropped-off payments, please include the entire tax bill, along with a stamped, self-addressed return envelope. The top portion of the bill will be receipted and returned to you.
Please safeguard your bills and receipts. There is a fee for a duplicate tax bill or written receipt. For income tax purposes, just insert the annual tax amount you paid on the appropriate schedule. You do not have to send a copy of your Tax Bill or a receipt unless specifically requested by the Canada Revenue Agency.
Enquiries about your property's current value assessment (CVA) should be made to The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation:
Municipal Property Assessment Corporation
PO Box 9808
Toronto, ON M1S 5T9
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