For release: December 17, 2004
Mcguinty Government Brings Fairness
to Farm Property Tax System
Extends Consideration Period for Farm Property Class Tax Rate Eligibility
TORONTO - The McGuinty government is ensuring new owners of agricultural
properties and others in specific situations can be considered for the
Farm Property Class tax rate by extending the timeframe for eligibility
consideration, Minister of Agriculture and Food Steve Peters announced
"Farmers told us that, in some cases, they were being penalized
by an administrative process that prevented them from getting the lower
tax rate," said Peters. "Allowing the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture
and Food (OMAF) to consider applications up to December 31st of the tax
year means that new farmers and existing owners who have missed the application
deadline due to a mitigating circumstance, such as illness, can still
be considered for the lower tax rate."
"It comes down to fair tax treatment for property owners,"
said Minister of Finance Greg Sorbara. "This change provides the
flexibility for OMAF to consider property owners who meet all the eligibility
requirements but who were unable to file their application on time."
The Farm Property Class is taxed at 25 per cent of the residential rate.
Applications for inclusion in this class must be made when changes in
ownership occur on an agricultural property.
"This extension of the date to allow late applications parallels
the existing time period for making requests for reconsideration up to
December 31 of the tax year," Sorbara said. "It also provides
more consistency with the treatment applied to other property classes
where mid-year changes in the use of a property are reflected through
appropriate classification changes."
Property owners who have questions regarding their eligibility for the
Farm Property Class are encouraged to call the Farm Property Class tax
rate hotline at: 1-800-469-2285.
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Minister Peters' Office
(416) 458-2610 (Mobile)