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Tax Rebate & Deferral Programs

Charitable organizations, property owners of vacant commercial/industrial buildings, and low-Income seniors or low-Income persons with disabilities may be eligible for a property tax rebate or deferral.

Charity Tax Rebate Program

In Barrie, charities and similar organizations are eligible for rebates of 40% (or a % prescribed by the Minister of Finance) of their property tax paid if they own or occupy commercial or industrial assessed properties. An annual application must be made after January 1 of the year and no later than the last day of February of the following year by the charity or similar organization in order to qualify for the rebate program.

All relevant tax payment information must accompany the Senior Deferral Application for a rebate to be calculated and granted. For charities and similar organizations that rent their premises, proof of the amount of taxes paid or included in their rent (based on square footage occupied) must be obtained from their landlord. Failure to provide this information with the rebate application may disqualify the organization from a rebate for that year.

Application Under Section 357/358:  Municipal Act, 2001 - Cancellation, Reduction or Refund of Taxes

You may file an application with the City of Barrie (Treasurer) requesting your taxes to be reduced or refunded, under Section 357,358 of the Municipal Act, 2001, if your property experienced a change during the year.

Program Overview

  • City staff receive and review your completed application and documents
  • Application is forwarded to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) for their review and identification of value applicable to the space.
  • City staff will make a recommendation and issue a Notice of hearing
  • Council considers the application and makes decision.
  • Notice of Decision is mailed and any necessary tax adjustments are made.

Eligibility Criteria
Program Requirements

In order to qualify under this program, you must be the property owner (or a spouse, tenant or other person with registered interested in the land) If during the year, your property meets one of the following criteria:

  • Ceased to be Liable to be Taxed at the Rate at which it was Taxed
  • Became Exempt after Return of Roll
  • Razed by Fire or Demolished After Return of roll
  • Damaged by Fire, Demolished After Return of Roll
  • Repairs/Renovations to the land prevented the normal use of the land for at least three consecutive months
  • The taxpayer was overcharged taxes due to a gross or manifest error that is clerical or factual in nature, but not an error in judgment in assessing the property, apply for current year only Taxes must be paid in full as billed. Refunds from successful tax appeals will be processed separately.

How to Apply
Submission of Application

To apply, read the information sheet and complete the application and submit by mail, in person at Service Barrie or email revenue@barrie.ca. Applications received after the deadline will not be accepted.

Deadline

For each taxation year, a completed application along with supporting documentation must be filed with the City Treasurer before the legislative deadline. An application under this section must be filed with the Treasurer on or before the last day of February of the year following the year in respect of which the application is made.
Deadline to apply for 2018 tax year is February 28, 2019
Deadline to apply for 2017 tax year was February 28, 2018


Required Documents
If you are applying for any of the following reasons

FIRE: Include a copy of: Fire Marshall, Police Services or Insurance company report(s)

DEMOLITION:
Include a copy of: demolition permit and a signed letter from the contractor on their letterhead showing the start and end date of the demolition

REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS:
Include a copy of: renovation contract, signed letter from the contractor on their letterhead showing the start and end date of the repairs or renovations, copy of building/demolition permit, place of residence during renovations.

Property Tax Deferral Program
For Low-Income Seniors or Low-Income Persons with Disabilities

The Property Tax Deferral Program is available to any property owner aged 65 or older and/or any individual who is currently receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program. All property taxes must be paid up to date in order to apply for the program.

Eligible property owners will have their property taxes “frozen” at their base year amount (the year prior to the application.) For example if applying in 2016, the base year taxes are the amount billed and paid in 2015. The tax deferrals are interest free, however, the total deferral amount must be re-paid in full when the property is sold.

If you feel you may qualify for this program, please access and complete the Property Tax Charity Rebate Application, attach the required proof and send the form to: City of Barrie Tax Office, P.O. Box 400, Barrie, ON L4M 4T5. A new application must be completed each year by August 31st to confirm continued eligibility in the program.

Vacant Unit Tax Rebate Program (Terminated)

Buildings that were entirely or partially vacant were previously eligible for a property tax rebate (exclusions: seasonal, leased, or vacant land sub-class).

In October 2017, the City sought feedback on proposed updates to this program, which provided property tax rebates to eligible owners of vacant commercial and industrial buildings. The Province of Ontario, which has mandated the program since 1998, allowed municipalities broader flexibility to tailor the program to reflect local community needs and circumstances.

The rebate at the time was 30% of the property tax for the vacant commercial space and 35% for vacant industrial space.  In 2016, the program cost was $422,000 for approximately 400 vacant properties. Since 2012, it cost $2.33M(excluding program administration fees).

Staff reviewed the public consultation results and potential updates to the program and presented to General Committee in early 2018. The City of Barrie adopted motion 18-G-014 on January 29, 2018 to terminate the Vacant Unit Tax Rebate program for both Commercial and Industrial properties.   Consequently, applications will NOT be accepted for 2018 or any subsequent year vacancies.

For more information please contact Pam Childs at pam.childs@barrie.ca or 705-739-4220 x 4315.

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