PROPERTY TAXES

Tax Appeals, Rebates and Grants

Learn how to apply for a variety of property tax rebates, grants and deferrals, and submit a tax appeal in the Town of Stouffville.

For questions about our rebate programs and submitting appeals, please contact us by phone at 905-640-1910 ext. 2240 or 2462, or by email at tax@townofws.ca.

Rebates and grants

The Town of Stouffville offers a variety of tax rebates and grants for those who qualify.

Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant

The Province of Ontario has a grant program to help eligible low income seniors with their property taxes. Find out more at Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant program.

Charity rebates

Registered charities that own or rent property in Stouffville are eligible for a property tax rebate of up to 50%.

To apply for a charity rebate, submit a Charity Rebate Application form. Please submit your application by the last day of February of the year following the year of the rebate.

Deferrals for seniors and people with disabilities

You may be eligible for an annual deferral of all or part of your property tax increases if you own a principal residence in York Region and:

  • Are over 65 years old
  • Are between 55 and 64 years old and low-income
  • Have a disability and are low-income

Eligibility

To be eligible for a full deferral of the tax increase, you must be either:

  • A senior over 65 years old; or
  • Disabled, as defined by the Ontario Disability Support Program Act, 1997, receiving benefits under the Ontario Disability Support Program, (ODSP) or the Guaranteed Annual Income System for the disabled (GAINS) and be eligible to claim a disability amount as defined in the Income Tax Act

To be eligible for a partial deferral, you must:

  • Be 55 to 64 years old and receiving a property tax increase of more than $100 in a reassessment year
  • Have an annual gross household income of $23,000 or less if single, or $40,000 or less in the case of a family of two or more persons
  • Be the owner of the property on January 1 of the taxation year for which the deferral has been requested

All deferred taxes must be repaid in full upon the sale or transfer of title to the property. Repayment is not required if the transfer of the property is being made to a spouse.

How to apply

To determine your eligibility to receive a property tax deferral, please complete and submit the Property Tax Deferral Application Form for Seniors and Low-Income Persons with Disabilities to us at revenue@townofws.ca. We must receive your application no later than September 30 of the taxation year for which you are requesting a property tax deferral.

Appeals

The Town of Stouffville accepts applications to cancel or reduce property taxes in the following circumstances:

  • If a property could not be used for its normal use because of repairs or renovations for at least three months during the year
  • If the use of a property has changed since the return of the last revised assessment roll
  • If a property has "exempt status" after the return of the last revised assessment roll
  • If there has been a fire or demolition in a building
  • If there is a "gross and manifest error" in the assessment

If you believe you qualify for a cancellation or a reduction of your taxes, submit the tax appeal application form online. 

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