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Questions

Why does the township issue interim tax bills?

When is the interim bill due?

Calculating final tax bills

How do I calculate my final tax bill?

How are assessments done?

Who can I call regarding property assessment?

How are payments applied when my account is in arrears?

What is a vacancy rebate?

What is a supplementary tax bill?

How do I remove the name of a co-owner who is now deceased?

Who do I notify for a change to my mailing address?

What is the penalty for late tax payments, and when is it added on?

What is the charge for a tax certificate, and where do I send the request?

What methods of payment are accepted?

What if I do not get my tax bill?

Responses

Why does the township issue interim tax bills?

The municipality issues an interim tax bill in March due to financial obligations that must be met prior to the approval of the annual budget.  The interim billing is approximately 50% of the previous years total tax billing.

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When is the interim bill due?

The interim tax bill is issued in March with one installment due the last business day in March. If payment is not received by the respective due date, a penalty of 1.25% (15% per annum) is calculated on the outstanding taxes and added to those taxes on the first day of each month.

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Calculating final tax bills

The amount of property tax owing on your land and/or buildings is the result of calculation based on the following five factors:

  • The assessed value of your property as determined by MPAC.
  • The relevant Tax Class your property falls into.
  • The relevant Tax Rate for the class (set annually by Municipal Council).
  • The relevant Tax Rate for Education (school support) portion for that class (set annually by the Province of Ontario).
  • The relevant Tax Rate for the Counties portion applicable to that class (set annually by County Council).

The Municipality will issue final tax bills for the current year once all the applicable tax rates are passed by the various legislative bodies.  The final tax bill is due in two installments June and September.

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How do I calculate my final tax bill?

The final tax bill reflects the new tax rates determined by council in support of its annual budget along with the Education rates set by the Province and the County tax rate set by County Council, less the amount billed on the interim tax bill.

C.V.A.* x 2013 Applicable Tax Rate – 2013 Interim Taxes = Final Tax Amount

Municipal property tax + County property tax + Education property taxes = your property taxes**

*C.V.A. = Current Value Assessment

** Please note that if applicable other charges such as local improvements, sewer charges, Business Improvement Area charges, debentures, Municipal Drain charges, Tile drain loan charges, etc will be billed along with your final tax bill.

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How are assessments done?

To establish your property’s assessed value, Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) analyzes property sales in your area. These sales provide a basis for the assessed values of similar properties. MPAC continually collects information about properties to ensure that those with similar features (age, size, location, construction, etc.) have similar assessed values. This method is known as Current Value Assessment (CVA).

Click here to assess the Property Assessment Procedures section of MPAC’s website.

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Who can I call regarding property assessment?

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) is responsible for assessing all property in Ontario. Its main responsibility is to calculate assessment values and to classify properties according to their use. These values are provided to the municipality on an annual assessment roll. Any questions regarding your assessed value should be directed to MPAC by telephone at 1-866-296-6722, by Clicking here to access the Contact Us Form on MPAC’s website or by mail addressed to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation, PO Box 9808, Toronto, ON M1S 5T9.

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How are payments applied when my account is in arrears?

Payments are applied to interest first. Once all interest is paid in full, the balance of the payment is applied to taxes.

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What is a vacancy rebate?

A vacancy rebate is a pro-rate of property tax available to commercial and/or industrial ratepayers who are not using or are unable to use all or a portion of their business property for a period of at least 90 consecutive days.

Click here to access the Request for Reconsideration Form available on the Township’s Forms & Payment Options webpage.

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What is a supplementary tax bill?

A supplementary tax bill is issued when information is received that changes the assessed value or the tax class of a property.  An example would be completion of building a new home.  The taxes billed prior to the building of the home are generally for the land only.  When notification is received from MPAC of increase in assessed value, a supplementary tax bill will be created to reflect the amount of taxes for the “new residential unit” portion of the property.

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How do I remove the name of a co-owner who is now deceased?

Your legal representative (usually a lawyer) who is looking after the estate will register a Survivorship Application on title.  A copy of this application after it is registered is required to correct the property ownership.

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Who do I notify for a change to my mailing address?

Mailing address changes can be submitted in writing to the Township of North Dundas, 636 St. Lawrence Street, P.O. Box 489, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0.

Requests may also be faxed to number 613-774-5699.

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What is the penalty for late tax payments, and when is it added on?

The penalty charged for late tax payments is 1.25% per month on the unpaid balance. It is added on the day after the installment due date, and the first of each month thereafter if still unpaid.

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What is the charge for a tax certificate, and where do I send the request?

The fee for a tax certificate is $50 per property. Once payment is received only then will the tax certificate be released. Requests for tax certificates should be submitted in writing to the Township of North Dundas, 636 St. Lawrence Street, P.O. Box 489, Winchester, ON K0C 2K0.

Requests may also be faxed to number 613-774-5699.

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What methods of payment are accepted?

The township accepts payments* via debit, cash, cheque, monthly or by pre-authorized payment or any banking institution.

* All payments must be received in our office on or by the due date. Payments received after the due date are subject to interest charges.

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What if I do not get my tax bill?

Property taxes and the payment there of, are the responsibility of the property owner.  If you do not receive your bill it is your responsibility to contact the township office and request a copy of your tax bill.  The township is not responsible for any interest charges that my have accrued due to non payment of your bill.

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