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News from the Tax Department!

TAX SALE INFORMATION

Residents of the Municipality of the District of Guysborough are hereby given notice that the Municipality of the District of Guysborough has reviewed outstanding tax accounts and other levies and are now preparing to proceed to tax sale.

The next step in the tax sale process is to forward accounts liable for tax sale to our Solicitor for a title search adding the extra cost to your account.  Those accounts that will be considered for tax sale will be any account that is in arrears for 2019/2020 (or prior) along with those accounts with outstanding sewer amounts.

Residents are asked to immediately attend to the payment of their accounts in order to avoid the additional cost involved in a tax sale and having your property advertised for tax sale.  If you receive either an overdue notice or a letter regarding your outstanding taxes, sewer and/or sewer capital charge, please do not ignore our request for payment.  Failure to make payments will result in your property being scheduled for “Tax Sale” and the assessed property owner will be responsible for all cost associated with the sale including legal fees, advertising costs, administration costs, surveyor costs, if required, and any and all other costs associated with a tax sale.

Once a date has been selected and property list finalized, a notice will be placed both on the website and in the local paper. 

Anyone wishing to set up a payment schedule please call (902) 533-3705 extension 229.

Under the Municipal Government Act (MGA) to collect overdue taxes, a municipality can sue on the debt, issue a warrant for collection, use the tax sale procedure to sell the real property or mobile home, or set off the sum due against a claim that the person has against the municipality.  Tax sale proceedings can start after June 30 in the year immediately following the taxation year to which the taxes relate (S-s134 (1)).  It is now mandatory for the treasurer to put up property on the tax sale list when taxes on the property are three (3) years in arrears.


LOW INCOME TAX EXEMPTION

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough is accepting applications for the Low Income Tax Exemption for the 2021/2022 fiscal year.  

Application forms are available at the Municipal Office or by calling 533-3705 extension 229 or by clicking here. The applications are also available in the Spring and Summer Newsletters.

All applications for the Low Income Tax Exemption are required to have a copy of their Canada Customs and Revenue Agency’s Notice of Assessment (Year 2020) and a completed application form signed by the property owner(s).

Eligibility for the Low Income Tax Exemption is restricted to homeowners whose combined household income is $30,000.00 or less per year.  Actual taxes or $100.00 is applied to your account or a refund if account is paid in full.

In order to qualify for this exemption, previous year taxes must be paid in full or if there is an outstanding tax balance, a repayment schedule must be set up and followed with the municipal office.  Applications for the low income tax will be received up to July 31, 2021.  Please call 533-3705 extension 229 for a copy of the application.  

IT SHALL BE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE APPLICANT TO APPLY FOR THE TAX EXEMPTION.

COUNCIL POLICIES AND PROCEDURES
Low Income Tax Exemption

Directions

1)  All applicable sections of this application must be completed in full.
2)  All applications must be signed by the applicant.
3)  All signatures must be witnessed by either one of the following:
    a)    Councillor
    b)    Justice of the Peace
    c)    Commissioner of Oaths
4)  Applications must be received by the Municipality of the District of Guysborough on or before July 31, 2021.
5)  Applications must include Notice of Assessment(s) from Canada Revenue Agency CRA) for the year 2020 for all members residing in same household, including spouse, common law partner and other person (not including students).
6)  Please return all applications to the following address:
        
Jennifer Wittmann, Tax Revenue Clerk
Municipality of the District of Guysborough
PO Box 79
Guysborough, NS    
B0H 1N0

7) Previous year (2020/2021) taxes must be paid in full.

8) If a repayment schedule has previously been approved, terms of the agreement must be         adhered to over the past 12 months to be eligible.

9) If you require further assistance please call the tax office at 902-533-3705 (ext.229)

10) This is an Exemption for taxes for the year 2021/2022 for property taxes only.  The exemption does not apply to  area(s) rates (ie: fire levies, street light levies, sewer operating etc.)

11) The tax exemption will be the lesser of : Actual taxes or $100 if total income is $30,000.00 or less