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
Phone: 519-750-1072
Fax: 519-770-1259
Email: tax.info@brantford.ca

  

2017 FINAL TAX BILLING

       

DUE DATES:      First:  Friday, June 30 
                                Second:  Wednesday, September 6

 

2017 FINAL TAX BILLS:

Your 2017 taxes are calculated by applying the appropriate percentage tax-rate below to the current value assessment (CVA) of your property. A general re-assessment was done by MPAC for the 2017 Taxation Year. This is the first year of a four-year phase-in of assessment increases. For additional Assessment information, go to www.mpac.ca .

PROPERTIES ANNEXED FROM THE COUNTY OF BRANT:

If your property was located in the County of Brant in 2016 and is now located in the City of Brantford due to the annexation that took effect January 1, 2017, then your municipal share of property taxes is being phased in from County rates to City rates. For 2017, the municipal share of taxes is calculated as the 2017 assessment multiplied by the County’s 2016 tax rate. Taxes are initially calculated at the City’s tax rate and then a credit reduces the taxes to the correct amount for 2017. This credit can be found in the “Special Charges/Credit” section of the tax bill. The credit is calculated by subtracting the 2016 County tax rate from the 2017 City tax rate and multiplying the difference by the 2017 assessment for the property. Below is the calculation of adjustment factors for the majority of affected properties:

Tax Class                 County 2016 Rate   City 2017 Rate   Adjustment Factor

                                                                                      (multiply by assessment)      

Residential(RT)         0.889586%             1.210174%         0.320588%
Commercial(CT/XT)   1.699110%             2.255885%         0.556775%
Comm Vacant(CU)    1.104420%             1.579120%         0.474700%
Farm(FT)                   0.222400%             0.302544%         0.080144%

PROPERTY TAX DEFERRAL PROGRAM FOR LOW-INCOME SENIORS AND LOW-INCOME PERSONS WITH DISABILITIES:

Applications are available at the Tax Office. Tax increases over $100 can be deferred by eligible persons.

PENALTY & INTEREST CHARGES:

A late 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. 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)

TAX APPEALS:

Where there is a change in the status of your property due to damage by fire, demolition, change in use, etc., notice in writing on the required form must be given to the Tax Office. The appeal is forwarded to MPAC for their review, then presented to City Council for approval. Appeals must be filed by the last day of February following the Taxation year.
(Municipal Act, 2001 s.357 )

SUPPLEMENTARY ASSESSMENTS:

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.

PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENT (PAP) PLANS:

Monthly” (Regular) plan, for properties with taxes paid up-to-date.  This 12-month plan begins in December prior to the taxation year, and ends in November of the taxation year, with payments due either on your choice of the 1st or 15th of each month. 

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 the Tax Office, or on the City website.

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 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:  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.

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 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 (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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