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August 24, 2009
Deadline approaching for 2009 tax and water relief
  
The City of Toronto is reminding residential property owners that the deadline to apply for the Property Tax Increase Deferral, the Property Tax Increase Cancellation, and the Water Rebate programs is fast approaching - it's August 31.

Low-income residential property owners who are seniors or persons with a disability are eligible to apply. Homeowners who qualified for these programs last year were mailed a brochure and an application form this June.

To qualify for the Property Tax Increase Cancellation Program, applicants must:
• Have a combined household income of $36,000 or less and a residential property assessment of $525,000 or less; and,
• Be either 65 years or older; or
• Be 60 to 64 years of age or older and in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act or in receipt of the Spouse’s Allowance, if widowed; or
• Be a person with a disability in receipt of disability benefits.

To qualify for the Property Tax Increase Deferral Program and/or the Water Rebate Program, you must:
• Have a combined household income of $50,000 or less; and,
• Be 65 years or older; or
• Be 60 to 64 years of age or older and in receipt of a Guaranteed Income Supplement under the Old Age Security Act or in receipt of the Spouse’s Allowance, if widowed; or
• Be 50 years of age or older and be receiving either a pension or a pension annuity resulting from a pension plan under the Income Tax Act (Canada); or
• Be a person with a disability in receipt of disability benefits.
and
• For the Water Rebate Program, you must also use less than 300 cubic metres of water each year through your metered water service.

Detailed information about the Tax and Water Relief Program (including the application available for downloading) can be found on the City’s website at www.toronto.ca/taxes/property_tax or you can pick up copies from property tax and utility customer service counters at City Hall, Toronto’s civic centres and community centres, and at many of Toronto’s local libraries.

For property tax inquiries, visit www.toronto.ca/taxes/property_tax or call the Customer Service Centre at 416-338-4829. TTY users call 416-392-0719. Hours are Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. Toronto has won numerous awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto's incorporation as a city. Toronto's government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contacts:
Casey Brendon, Acting Director, Revenue Services, 416-392-8065, cbrendo@toronto.ca
Cindy Bromley, Finance and Administration Communications Manager, 416-392-4993, cbromley@toronto.ca



 

 

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