Tax Rebates

The Low Income Exemption (from the County)

Property Tax Rebate for Seniors (from the Province)

9se the Municipal Property Tax Sheet if you don’t have your property tax bill and receipts showing payment of your 2019 municipal residential property taxes. You need to submit the form as part of the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors application process.

Municipality availability

You need to have your municipality complete the form for you. Your municipality should send the completed form to you by mail. Or you can ask the municipality if you can pick up the form when it’s ready.

Your municipality may take 4 to 6 weeks to return the completed form to you. If you’re applying for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors close to the 31 December 2020 deadline, make sure that your municipality is available to complete and return the form to you before the deadline. Or have the municipality complete the form well in advance of the deadline.

Who can use this form

You need to submit the Municipal Property Tax Sheet if:

  • you don’t have a detailed breakdown of your 2019 municipal residential property taxes
  • you don’t have a receipt showing that you paid your 2019 municipal residential property taxes in full

Apply for a property tax rebate: Property Tax Rebate for Seniors

Apply for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors to help with the cost of your municipal residential property taxes. You can receive 50% of what you paid on last year’s property taxes, up to $800, if you qualify for the rebate.

Rebate amount

The rebate amount is based on your municipal residential property taxes. The program provides eligible homeowners with a rebate of 50% of the municipal residential property taxes they paid for the 2019 tax year, up to a maximum of $800.

All of the amounts listed on your tax bill are eligible to be included in the rebate calculation, except amounts for:

  • commercial property
  • resource property (non-residential land or forest)
  • municipal exemption or rebate

Rebate calculation example

  1. Take the total taxes paid and subtract amounts for commercial property, resource property, and municipal exemptions or rebates. This is your eligible amount.
  2. Divide the eligible amount by 2. This is your rebate amount.
  3. If your calculated rebate amount is more than $800, you only receive the maximum amount of $800.

Eligibility

To qualify for the rebate, you need to be 65 or older in 2019 and meet all of the following criteria:

  • pay your 2019 municipal residential property taxes in full
  • lived at the property as your primary residence in 2019
  • receive or are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada.

If you’re not already receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, you can check with Service Canada to see if you’re eligible for them.

How to apply

  1. Complete both sides of the rebate application.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Send your completed application and supporting documents by mail or fax. Or visit Access Nova Scotia.
  4. Your rebate is mailed to you if your application is approved.

How long it takes

It should take 8 weeks to get your rebate. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly. If additional information is required to process your rebate, we will contact you by mail.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the rebate.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • 2019 property tax bills and receipts showing that your 2018 property taxes are paid in full or a Municipal Property Tax Sheet completed by your municipality
  • your Social Insurance Number
  • proof you received or are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance in 2019 (if you don’t have proof, you may request a copy of your grant letter from Service Canada)

You may need to provide additional supporting documents including:

  • proof of power of attorney if you’re applying on behalf of another person
  • a Death Certificate, if you’re applying on behalf of the applicant’s estate

 

Deadline is December 31st

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