On May 24, City Council approved a deferred due date for the 2017 final property tax bill payment for those property owners who have been affected by the Ottawa Waterway Flood.
Properties identified as being affected by the flood will be receiving a letter from the City of Ottawa – notifying that the June 15, 2017 tax installment is to be paid on December 7, 2017 – without penalty.
Most property owners impacted by the flooding will qualify for tax deferral if the following criteria are met:
- The property must be located in an area impacted by flooding (primarily in, but not limited to, West Carleton, Cumberland, Bay, Kitchissippi, and Orleans Ward).
- The building on the property was occupied in 2017 by a residence or business which was damaged by the flooding and the flooding damage has prevented the normal use of the residence or business located on the property.
- Property taxes have been paid up to date before the June 2017 final instalment.
- Property owners already enrolled in the Farm Grant Program and Low Income Seniors or Low Income People with Disabilities Tax Deferral programs are not eligible.
Property owners who are not identified and did not receive the deferral letter from Revenue Services by June 1, 2017, may notify Revenue Services prior to December 7, 2017. The City Treasurer has the authority to grant a deferral if the property meets the criteria and was inadvertently missed in the initial assessment.
How the due date deferral works
If a property owner who is identified as impacted by the May flooding and receives the City Treasurer deferral notification, no action is required. The property tax installment due date is to be paid on December 7, 2017.
Notification of the amount to be paid will be communicated to the property owner in the fall of 2017. If the taxes are paid in full by December 7, 2017, the City will automatically apply a credit equal to the amount of all penalties charged since June 2017.
Property owners who are registered for pre-authorized payment (monthly or due date)
Property owners, who pay their property taxes through a pre-authorized debit plan and want to take advantage of the deferral program and delay payment of the final property tax bill, must notify the City by June 9, 2017, by email at: email@example.com.
The pre-authorized debit plan will then be cancelled. If the property owner wishes to reinstate their plan at a later date, they should contact the City through the same email address.
Property taxes paid through a mortgage company
For property owners who have their property taxes paid through their mortgage company and want to take advantage of the deferral program, please contact the financial institution to delay the final tax payment.
Other Property Tax Relief Information
There may be situations where an owner has been advised that the property is now substantially unusable due to the recent flood, and it has prevented normal use for three (3) or more months.
In this situation, an application to request a cancellation, reduction or refund of taxes under Section 357 of the Municipal Act, 2001, which must be filed before February 28, 2018 for the 2017 taxation year.
The Section 357 Application Form was attached to the notification, which can be completed and returned to our office to initiate your request. Note: Please notice on the form that there is a time limitation to submit the application.
A written request along with the completed Application Form must be sent to the City of Ottawa by:
- Email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
- fax at 613-580-2457 or
- Mail :City of Ottawa, Revenue Services,c/o Tax Adjustments Section,
100 Constellation Crescent,4th Floor,
Ottawa, ON K2G 6J8.
An acknowledgment letter will be sent to you upon receipt of your application.
Need help? Contact Revenue Services
We are very mindful of the effort and paperwork that that impacted property owners must be facing. We are here to help. If you have any questions about the tax deferral for 2017, contact:
- Revenue Services – 613-580-2444 (TTY 613-580-2401)
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
(June to August, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.)