Tax Rebate Programs
The following Tax Rebate Programs are available for properties that meet specific criteria.
Registered Charity Property Tax Rebate
This rebate program is applicable to registered charities that are tenants in a commercial or industrial class property. The landlord may be contacted by the charity to provide pertinent information that the Town requires in order to process their application. Deadline for the year 2012 application is February 28, 2013.
Registered charities must submit an application to the City of Markham by the last day of February of the year following the tax year in order to be considered.
To take advantage of this program a "Registered Charity Tax Relief Application" form must be completed.
Vacancy Rebate Program
To be eligible for a rebate, a building or portion of a building must satisfy the required conditions. Property owners may submit a maximum of two applications per property per year. See the Vacancy Rebate Application* ( 216k/3p) for details. The deadline for submitting applications for 2012 is February 28, 2013.
*Note: Application for Rebate of Property Taxes - vacancies in Commercial and Industrial Building. Use legal size paper (8.5"x14") setting to print.
Heritage Rebate Program
The Ontario Government has enabled local municipalities to offer relief to owners of heritage properities to help owners maintain and restore these unique and valuable resources. On December 16, 2003, Council of the City of Markham approved the implementation of a Heritage Property Tax Reduction Program, effective January 1, 2003. See the Heritage Property Tax Reduction Program ( 151k/24p) for eligibility criteria for heritage properties.
Property owners may apply for cancellation, reduction or refund on all or part of taxes levied. Requirements are governed by legislation as described under Sections 357 and 358 of the Municipal Act.
Property owners may apply to adjust taxes to reflect a significant change in their property. Adjustments are governed by legislation as described in Sections 357 and 358 of the Municipal Act, 2001. Applications under Section 357 must be received by February 28th of the year following the change.
Examples of eligible criteria are:
- Tax classification changes
- Lands that have become exempt
- Structures razed or damaged by fire or demolitions
- Sickness or extreme poverty
- Mobile home removed
- Gross or manifest errors
- Repairs or renovations that prevent normal use of the land for a minimum of 3 months.
Applications under Section 358 must be received between March 1st and December 31st of a year and may apply to taxes levied in one or both of the two years preceding the year in which the application is made. Consideration will be given only to those situations that result in overcharges caused by gross or manifest error in the preparation of the assessment roll that is clerical or factual in nature. It does not apply to errors in judgement in assessing the property.
Tax appeal application may be made in writing to the City of Markham Tax Office.
Send your written request for adjustment to:
City of Markham
101 Town Centre Blvd.
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