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General Information

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Please be aware that Town Hall is currently closed to the public in an effort to help reduce the spread of COVID19. Finance Staff are answering emails and phone calls, however please consider that response times have been impacted and it may take longer than usual for your email or call to be returned.

Municipal property tax notices are mailed twice a year and are due in four installments:

  • Interim Levy First Installment - Wednesday, February 26, 2020
  • Interim Levy Second Installment - Tuesday, April 28, 2020 ***Please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions below.
  • Final Levy First Installment - Monday, June 29, 2020 
  • Final Levy Second Installment - Tuesday, September 29, 2020 

Council at their regular Council meeting held on Tuesday April 7, 2020 authorized with By-law 17/2020 to provide financial relief related to property taxes for residents and businesses during the Province's declared emergency.  

Frequently Asked Questions Related to Property Tax during COVID-19 pandemic:

More Information will be added as it becomes available. We appreciate your patience during this unprecedented time.

Please visit our water and wastewater page to view frequently asked questions related to water and wastewater billing during COVID-19 pandemic.

Updated – April 24, 2020 

 

No, the second interim tax installment is due April 28, 2020. If you are not able to make the payment please see #2 below regarding penalty and interest relief.

No, penalty for non-payment of the 2nd interim tax installment and any subsequent payments will not be applied until the first of the month following the lifting of the Provincial Emergency Declaration.

Property owners who are enrolled in the Monthly or the Due Date Pre-Authorized Payment Plan will continue as originally scheduled.

If you wish to suspend your Monthly or the Due Date Pre-Authorized Payment Plan for your property taxes, please provide written direction at least 3 business days prior to the withdrawal by emailing tax@porthope.ca

Community members on a pre-authorized payment plan will not be charged interest on the deferred payments for 2020.

Yes, if your banking information has changed or would like to cancel your property tax pre-authorized payment plan please contact our office by emailing tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963 no later than 3 business days before you want the change to take effect.

If you would like to sign up for the monthly or due date pre-authorized payment plan, you can fill out the property tax pre-authorized plan enrolment application located on our Forms Central webpage, the form will be listed under the “Finance Department (Property Owners)” section. You can also email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963 no later than 7 business days before you want the change to take effect.

  1. Directly through financial institutions – by online banking (please refer to payee codes below) or telephone banking. You can also pay through the Bank’s Automated Teller Machine (ATM) if you already have the Municipality of Port Hope Property Tax bill set up as a payee;
  2. By mailing a cheque to 56 Queen Street, Port Hope, Ontario L1A 3Z9. The cheque should be made payable to “The Municipality of Port Hope”;
  3. By dropping off a cheque to the drop-box (mail slot) located on the front door of the Town Hall building, 56 Queen Street; or
  4. Signing up through pre-authorized payment plan (please refer to Question #6)

Please note that if the payee names/codes posted below are not working for you and/or your bank is not within the Municipality of Port Hope, please contact your bank advisor for the correct payee code as it may be different to what is recommended below.

 

Bank                                 Payee Name/Code                                          Description

BMO                            Port Hope Municipality Taxes                          Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                           (19 numbers no dashes)

CIBC                            Port Hope (Municipality of) Tax                      Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                           (19 numbers no dashes)

CUCO                           Port Hope, Municipality of - 00500196           Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                           (19 numbers no dashes)

RBC                              Port Hope (Mun) Tax                                    Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                           (19 numbers no dashes)

Scotia Bank                   Municipality of Port Hope Taxes                     Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                            (19 numbers no dashes)

TD Canada Trust            Port Hope (Municipality of) Tax                      Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                             (19 numbers no dashes)

TelePay                         Port Hope Tax                                               Roll # starting with 1423
                                                                                                             (19 numbers no dashes)

 

Please contact your banking institution to confirm the details of your mortgage arrangements. The Municipality of Port Hope’s Finance Department does not administer your mortgage payments, this is done by your banking institution.  If you would like to receive confirmation that the Municipality of Port Hope’s Finance Department has received a payment by your mortgage company, you can send an email to tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

Post-dated cheques will be cashed on the date specified unless you ask us to hold them.  Please provide written direction by emailing tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

Council authorized the Tax and Revenue Manager to not charge the $30.00 Non-Sufficient Funds (NSF) fee on any returned pre-authorized payment plan payments or post-dated cheques provided in advance for the April 28th interim tax payment.

Note: you may still have fees from your financial institution. You will also be notified from the Finance Department via email/letter that we received a Non-Sufficient Funds notice.

Penalty will be applied to arrears prior to the April 28th installment that have not been paid, however residents will not experience any interest/penalty charges for the April 28th installment or any subsequent payments until the first of the month following the lifting of the Provincial Emergency Declaration. Taxpayers with arrears are encouraged to setup a payment plan with the Tax and Revenue Manager by emailing tax@porthope.ca or by calling 905-375-5963.

If changes need to be made to your current payment plan arrangement, or you would like to set up a payment plan you must contact the Tax and Revenue Manager by emailing tax@porthope.ca or by calling 905-375-5963.

Please contact the Tax and Revenue Manager by either emailing tax@porthope.ca or call 905 375-5963.

No, there are currently no property tax sales out for public tender. Any tenders related to this matter would be posted on our bids opportunities section on our website.

Your lawyer should be providing the Municipality of Port Hope’s Finance Department the property title change. Once the Finance Department receives the property title change, they can switch the property into your name. If you would like to get confirmation that the property is registered in your name please email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

If you are interested in getting set up for monthly or due date pre-authorized payment plan please refer to the answer to question #6.

If you are moving out of Port Hope and you are on a monthly or due date pre-authorized payment plan for your property taxes, you will need to complete the cancellation form which can be located on our Forms Central webpage, the form will be listed under the “Finance Department (Property Owners)” section.

For any outstanding property tax payments please contact your lawyer prior to making any payments. The Municipality of Port Hope’s Finance Department will remove your name off the property and replace it with the purchaser’s name once they receive the property title change from the lawyer.

For any questions you can also email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

There is a form “Mailing Address Change” that you will need to complete. This form can be located on our Forms Central webpage, the form will be listed under the “Finance Department (Property Owners)” section. You can also email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

Final property tax bills are typically mailed out between the end of May and beginning of June, with due dates being at the end of June and September. Any potential adjustments to the final billing schedule will be addressed in the upcoming months.

For income tax purposes please refer to your 2019 final property tax bill that was mailed out in June 2019. If you would like to find out what your property taxes were in 2019 you can email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963.

Tax Certificates are $40.00 each. You can send your tax certificate requests with proof of payment by emailing tax@porthope.ca, by faxing to 905 885 1807, by mailing to 56 Queen Street Port Hope Ontario L1A 3Z9, or by dropping off your letter and payment in the drop-box (mail slot) located on the front door of the Town Hall building, 56 Queen Street.

There is a “Application for direction of school support” form that you must complete. This form can be located on our Forms Central webpage, the form will be listed under the “Finance Department (Property Owners)” section. You can also email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963. After completing this form you will need to submit this back to the finance department by emailing tax@porthope.ca, faxing 905 885 1807, by mailing it to 56 Queen Street Port Hope Ontario L1A 3Z9, or by dropping it off in the drop-box (mail slot) located on the front door of the Town Hall building, 56 Queen Street.

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) classifies and assesses all properties in Ontario under the Provincial Assessment Act. Current assessments have a phased-in valuation date of January 1, 2016 with the addition of any physical changes since that time. The Municipality uses MPAC assessments to calculate tax amounts for each property.

Visit  aboutmyproperty.ca to view your property profile and review similar properties in your area free-of-charge. For more information contact MPAC at 1-866-296- 6722, or online at www.mpac.ca.

If you feel like your property assessment is not where it should be, you can submit a Request for Reconsideration (RFR) form to MPAC. Please visit Mpac's form webpage to fill out the appropriate form.

Ontario farmland owners may be eligible for the Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program through Agricorp. The program taxes a farm residence and one acre of surrounding land at the residential rate and the balance of the property at 25% of the residential tax rate. Farm properties that do not qualify are taxed at the residential rate. Applications can be made through Agricorp by emailing contact@agricorp.com or by calling 1-877-424-1300 for more information. 

Yes, newly constructed homes or improvements may not be fully assessed by the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) and property owners may receive a supplementary tax bill for the assessed value effective from the closing/occupancy date. Supplementary tax bills may be issued up to two prior taxation years and are issued upon receipt of the necessary assessment information from MPAC. It is the responsibility of the property owner to plan for supplementary bills. Inquiries concerning your assessment should be directed to the local MPAC office at 1-866-296-6722.

 

For any property tax related questions, you can email tax@porthope.ca or call 905-375-5963. We are retrieving messages each day and making callbacks. Please consider that response times have been impacted and it may take longer than usual for your call or email to be returned.

Visit porthope.ca for all of the latest updates under ‘Public Notices’ and/or “Media Releases”. You can also subscribe to the news and alerts feeds to receive email notifications when new information is posted.

Notes

  • Understanding Your Tax Bill Brochure
  • To calculate property tax, simply multiple the assessed value by the applicable tax rate.  For a tutorial on How Your Property Tax is Calculated - Please click here
  • A penalty of 1.25 percent shall be added on the first day of the month following a due date and thereafter interest of 1.25 percent per month will be added on the first day of each month and every month the default continues. 
  • Commercial property class includes all commercial office property, shopping centre property and parking lot property. 
  • Commercial vacant land class includes commercial excess land. 
  • Industrial property class includes all large industrial property. 
  • Industrial vacant land class includes industrial excess land. 
  • Farmland class includes managed forest.

Tax Rates

Assessment Cycle Updates

The Municipality of Port Hope in conjunction with Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) held an information session regarding property assessment and the new four year phase in cycle onWednesday, May 18, 2016.  For the presentation, please click here

On Tuesday September 27, 2016 the Municipality of Port Hope in conjunction with MPAC representatives Catherine Barr and Terry-lyn Wright, hosted an information session regarding the assessment of farmland properties. For the presentation, please click below:

For information on how assessment works, market trends, the Request for Reconsideration process and property assessment and taxation, visit www.aboutmyproperty.ca. If you would like to see the information MPAC has on file or your property or compare your property to others in your area, you can register and login using the Roll Number and Access Key located on your Property Assessment Notice. 

Do you have questions about your 2016 - 2020 Property Assessment Notice? Click the image below or contact the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) Customer Contact Centre at 1-866-296-MPAC (6722), or 1-877-889-MPAC (6722).

About My Property

For a tutorial on How to Use AboutMyProperty - please click here