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
2016 INTERIM TAX BILLING
DUE DATES: First: Friday, February 26
Second: Wednesday, April 27
2016 Interim Tax Bills:
Your 2016 Interim Bill uses the 2016 assessed value, times half of the 2015 tax rate, to calculate your Interim taxes, limited to not more than 50% of the total 2015 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 2016 will be reflected on the Final Bill in June. The Final Bill will show your total 2016 tax amount.
Not Your Bill?: if, through change of ownership, you are not responsible for payment of taxes on this property, kindly forward this bill to the new owner, or return it to the tax office, indicating to whom transfer of title has been made. Thank you.
Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plans:
There are three PAP plans:
• Regular “Monthly” plan, which begins December 1 and ends November 1. Payments are processed on the first banking day of each month.
• “Due-Date” plan, where your two regular instalments will be deducted on each of the due-dates;
• “Self-Directed” plan, where you would have your taxes deducted monthly for an amount that you choose. These payments are 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. Interest will continue to apply on tax arrears, until they are paid in full.
Application forms are available at the Tax Office, or on the City website: www.brantford.ca
Payment In Person: At the TAX OFFICE: at 220 Colborne Street (N3T 2H1). An after-hours drop-box is located under the windows to the left of the entrance on Colborne St. Post-dated cheques and the payment-stubs for both instalments can be left early to avoid missing the due-dates.
By Mail: To P.O. 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.
Penalty and Interest Charges:
A late 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. On other arrears and additions, interest of 1.25% is added on the first of each month. The current charge for a returned cheque or PAP payment is $40.00, plus applicable penalty & interest.
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 are available at this Tax Office or 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 29/16 for 2015 taxes.)
Properties that undergo alterations, 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), as per the Assessment Act, 1990, s.33 & 34. You will then receive a Supplementary or Omitted Tax Bill, after the regular Final Tax Bill has been issued. For newly constructed homes or buildings, it can take up to three years for the assessment to be given to the City, but taxes are payable from the date it is ready for occupancy or possession. Please plan ahead by setting aside funds for these potentially large retroactive tax billings. You can set-up PAP payments to start paying ahead of time against these future billings. Please call this office for details and an estimate of payments.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org ).
Enquiries about your tax bill only, should be made to the Tax Office at 220 Colborne St; by phone (519-750-1072) or fax (519-770-1259) or e-mail (email@example.com). 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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