General Property Tax Information 

City of Brantford Tax Services

Monday to Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (holidays excluded)
Brantford City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford ON, N3T 2M2
Phone: 519-759-4150
Email: tax.info@brantford.ca

2018 INTERIM TAX BILLING

DUE DATES:      First:  Wednesday, February 28 
                              Second:  Wednesday, April 25

2018 INTERIM TAX BILLS:

Your 2018 Interim Bill uses the 2018 assessed value, times half of the 2017 tax rate, to calculate your Interim taxes, limited to not more than 50% of the total 2017 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 2018 will be reflected on the Final Bill in June.  The Final Bill will show your total 2018 tax amount.

PENALTY & INTEREST CHARGES:

On overdue taxes, a penalty of 1.25 % will be added on the day of default of any installment, 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 of each month until paid.

FAILURE TO RECEIVE A TAX BILL DOES NOT RELIEVE THE OWNER FROM THE OBLIGATION TO PAY TAXES WHEN DUE. Municipal Act, 2001 s.343(10)

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 can 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 in person to City Hall or by email at tax.info@brantford.ca, 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 28/18 for 2017 taxes.)

SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENTS:

Properties that undergo improvements or additions, or a change in tax class (such as Residential to Commercial), will receive a "NOTICE OF OMITTED OR SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENT" from MPAC.  You will then receive an Omitted or Supplementary Tax Bill, sometime after the regular Final Tax Bill has been issued in June. 

PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT (PAP) PLANS:

“Monthly” (Regular) plan, for properties with taxes paid up-to-date.  Applicants can choose either the 1st or 15th of the month for their payment.  This 12-month plan begins in December prior to the taxation year, and ends in November of the taxation year. 

“Due-Date” plan, meaning your four regular instalments will be deducted from your bank account on each of the four due-dates as shown on your tax bills.

“Self-Directed” plan, for properties that have taxes in arrears, or for those who wish to specify a certain amount.  You would have your taxes deducted monthly for an amount which you choose.  This would be processed on the last banking day of each month.  It is primarily used by those who now give us post-dated cheques, and also by those who have arrears, and cannot join the regular Monthly PAP Plan.  Penalty & interest will continue to apply on tax arrears, until they are paid in full.

Application forms are available at City Hall, or on the City website.

TAX SALE LEGISLATION:

If your property taxes are in arrears for all or part of two years as at January 1, it is subject to the Municipal Act, 2001, Part XI - Sale of Land for Tax Arrears, and subject to our fees and costs for all notices sent to inform you of this matter. 

PAYMENT OPTIONS:

Payment In Person:  Brantford City Hall, 100 Wellington Square, Brantford ON, N3T 2M2.  Post-dated cheques and the payment-stubs for both instalments can be left early to avoid missing the due-dates.

By Mail: To 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.) 

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.

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Enquiries about your property's current value assessment (CVA) should be made to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, P.O. Box 9808, TORONTO, ON M1S 5T9 ( www.mpac.ca ) (phone: 1-866-296-6722); (fax: 1-866-297-6703) or (e-mail:  enquiry@mpac.ca ). 

Enquiries should be made to Brantford City Hall Customer Counter at 100 Wellington Square or by phone to 519-759-4150 or e-mail (tax.info@brantford.ca).  Any other questions about services provided by the City should be made to the Department responsible for that service (main phone: 519-759-4150). 

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