If you believe that your assessment is incorrect, you should first contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC - www.mpac.ca) to discuss your assessment or verify details about your property.
Request for Reconsideration (RfR) Process
If a taxpayer believes their assessment value of their property to be incorrect, they have the option to appeal it through the filing of a Request for Reconsideration (RFR) with MPAC. Effective for the 2016 reassessment, the deadline for property owner to file an RfR with MPAC will be 120 days after the issuance of the notice of assessment. The RfR deadline for the City of Markham is October 11, 2016, rather than the historic universal date of March 31 of the following year. In addition to this change, MPAC will be required to respond to an RfR application within 180 days of the request being made (with a possible 60 day extension where necessary and with notification from MPAC to the property owner). The early delivery of Assessment Notices and a 120-day RfR deadline will allow RfR’s to be processed before Assessment Rolls are provided to municipalities in December 2016, which will provide for improved accuracy.
The Request for Reconsideration Process Video
AboutMyProperty is a secure, online, easy-to-use, self-serve website that allows property owners to learn more about how their property was assessed, see the information MPAC has on file as well as compare it to others in their neighbourhood or area.
Both residential and non-residential property owners can log on to aboutmyproperty.ca after they receive their Property Assessment Notice.
To register for AboutMyProperty™, you need the Roll Number and Access Key located on your 2016 Property Assessment Notice. If you own more than one property, each will have its own unique Roll Number and Access Key. After you register your first property – you can add additional properties through the ‘My Profile’ area located at the top of the homepage. If you need help registering, contact MPAC at 1 866 296-MPAC (6722).
About My Property Video
Assessment Review Board (ARB) Appeal
If residential, farm or managed forest property owners are not satisfied with MPAC's decision relating to the RfR, they may then file an appeal to the Assessment Review Board (ARB). This must be done within 90 days of receiving MPAC's decision. Commercial, Industrial and Multi-Residential Properties Owners can either file an Request for Reconsideration (RfR) with MPAC or appeal directly to the ARB; either must be done by March 31 of the applicable taxation year.
To file an appeal with the ARB send a written request to the Assessment Review Board at:
Assessment Review Board
655 Bay Street, Suite 1500
A fee of $75 for residential/farm or $150 for commercial/industrial properties must accompany your appeal. For further information, please contact the ARB at 416-212-6349 or toll free 1-866-448-2248, or via the Internet at www.arb.gov.on.ca Full details on how to appeal your assessment to the ARB may be obtained through their web site www.arb.gov.on.ca.
A tax account is only adjusted when the City is notified of the change in assessment by MPAC or the ARB. It is recommended that taxes continue to be paid while an appeal or reconsideration is underway to avoid penalty and interest charges in the event that the appeal or reconsideration is not successful.
There may be a significant delay between the time an assessment is appealed and a decision is rendered