Final tax installment extensions

In recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, Council has approved financial relief for Milton taxpayers through extensions of the 2020 final tax installments.

The final tax installment dates are deferred as per the following:

  • June 30, now due August 31, 2020
  • September 30, now due October 30, 2020

This deferral effectively affords taxpayers an extension to remit the final tax installments without incurring fees. 

COVID-19 pre-authorized monthly property tax deferral 

A further relief program is now available for those property owners that are adversely impacted by COVID-19. The COVID-19 Pre-Authorized Plan (PTP) is available following the submission of an application if eligibility criteria is met.

In general, taxpayers not currently on the regular monthly withdrawal program or have taxes paid for by their mortgage company, can apply for a one-time COVID-19 PTP re-payment plan. The plan consists of (up to) six monthly withdrawals beginning as early as August 12, 2020, through to a final withdrawal date no later than January 13, 2021.

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Frequently Asked Questions – 2020 Final Property Tax Relief

Are the 2020 final property taxes still due June 30 and September 30, 2020?

No, the 2020 final tax installments have been deferred to August 31 and October 30, 2020 to provide ratepayers with additional time to pay. 
When will I receive my 2020 Final tax bill?
The tax bills showing the deferred tax due dates of August 31 and October 30, 2020 will be mailed the week of June 15, 2020.
I pay my taxes through the Monthly Pre-Authorized Program. Will the schedule change for the remaining 2020 installments?
No, as the 2020 levy has already been distributed over equal monthly billing, no further extension for payment is provided. The final five monthly withdrawals will take place on the last business day of June through October.
I pay my taxes through my mortgage company, will they still pay the Town?
These installments have also been deferred to August 31 and October 30, 2020. Mortgage companies have received their client payment lists with these due dates indicated.
What if I want to make a partial payment in advance of the new deferred due dates?
If you choose to pay either a portion or the full installment amount ahead of the deferred due date, payment will be credited to your account as of that date, however, no discount will be provided.   
I have overdue taxes owing from a previous installment. Is penalty/interest being charged?
Yes, from July 1, 2020, onward, penalty/interest at a rate of 1.25% will be added the first of each month until the overdue amount is paid in full.  Council previously approved a grace period where no penalty/interest was charged during April, May and June 2020.
If Town Hall continues to remain closed to the public, how can I make payment? 

Payment can be made:

  • through online banking using your financial institution website
  • by mail to Town of Milton Tax Division PO BOX 400 Milton ON L9T 4Z1
  • in-person at your financial institution
  • In-person by dropping your cheque at the Town Hall after hours drop-box located at 150 Mary St., Milton ON

*For the duration of the Town Hall closure, cash payments must be made in-person at your financial institution branch location.

Has the provincial reassessment conducted by MPAC (Municipal Property Assessment Corporation) been deferred?
Yes, the province has announced that the 2020 Assessment update has been postponed. This means property taxes for 2021 will be based on the same assessment used for 2020 tax calculations. Changes in the amount billed will be impacted by either changes made to your property or the 2021 annual budget requirements.  

Tax Relief - Interim

In recognition of the disruption caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the Town of Milton will be offering temporary relief for taxpayers by relaxing all penalties and fees for those who need to defer paying their property taxes.  This grace period will begin April 1 and end June 30, 2020. 

Residents and businesses are still encouraged to pay their 2020 Interim taxes by the regularly scheduled April 30, 2020 tax due date, however, alternative relief has been approved by Town Council to assist those who require deferral.

  • Neither interest nor late fees will be charged for taxes on April 1, 2020, May 1, 2020 or June 1, 2020.
  • Taxpayers who sent post-dated cheques to the Town for their April 30, 2020 tax instalment and would like to cancel the payment are being asked to place a stop payment on the item. There will be no returned item fees charge by the Town of Milton.  All remaining post-dated cheques will be deposited to the bank on April 30, 2020, as scheduled.  
  • Pre-authorized payment withdrawals for the monthly plan that are scheduled for April 30 and May 31 will be withdrawn from the bank as scheduled.  For tax payers enrolled in this program and wish to cancel from the program or delay either payment to June are asked to email taxes@milton.ca or contact staff at 905-864-4142 by April 15 to make arrangements.
  • Pre-authorized payment withdrawals for the Installment plan that are scheduled for April 30 will be withdrawn from the bank as scheduled.  For tax payers enrolled in this program and wish to cancel from the program or delay this payment to either May or June are asked to email taxes@milton.ca or contact staff at 905-864-4142 by April 15 to make arrangements.
  • If a cheque or a Pre-authorized payment is returned by the bank between now and June 30, 2020, due to insufficient funds or stop payment, the Town of Milton will not charge administration fee or penalty.

Town of Milton Council has approved temporary relief measures relating to property taxes, to help ease the financial impacts related to COVID-19.

Frequently Asked Questions - Interim Tax Relief

Is the April 30, 2020 tax installment being delayed?
No, the installment is still due on April 30, 2020 and all residents and businesses are still encouraged to pay by that date, however, should you not be able to pay by that date, you will not be charged any penalty/interest as long as payment is received on or before June 30, 2020.  
What if I want to continue making my Interim installment payment on April 30?
You can continue to make your April 30 payment through online banking, at your financial institution or drop off your cheque at the Town Hall after hours drop-box. 
I have already sent in post-dated cheques dated April 30, will these still be processed?
Yes, previously received post-dated cheques will be sent for deposit on April 30, 2020.
I do not want the Town to process my April 30, 2020 post-dated cheque, can this be pulled?
You can put a stop payment on the cheque through your online banking or at your financial institution. Most stop payment requests can be made online through your banks website, however, if you are phoning, please ensure you make contact well ahead of April 30 as they are experiencing very long wait times. There will be no returned item fees charge by the Town of Milton. 
What if I am already in arrears from previous tax installments?
Penalty/interest charges will be waived as long as payment of these overdue amounts is paid on or before June 30, 2020. Outstanding amounts past this date will be charged.
I signed up for the Pre-authorized Monthly Tax Plan, will my April 30 and May 31 payments be withdrawn from my account?
Yes, the Pre-authorized Monthly Plan withdrawals for April 30 and May 31 will be processed respectively.
Can I have the April 30 or May 31 Pre-authorized Monthly Plan amount held to a later date?

Yes, upon request to Tax staff no later than April 15, 2020, one or both of these payments can

be changed to a later withdrawal date, up to June 30, 2020. 

I signed up for the Pre-authorized Installment Tax Plan, will the April 30 payment be withdrawn from my account?

 Yes, the Pre-authorized Installment Plan withdrawal for April 30 will be processed.

Can I have the April 30 Pre-authorized Installment Plan amount held to a later date?

Yes, upon request to Tax staff no later than April 15, 2020, the April 30, amount can be changed to either May 31 or June 30, 2020. 

I pay my taxes through my mortgage company, will they still pay the Town?

The installment is still due on April 30, 2020 and all mortgage companies have received their client payment lists. We anticipate that the April 30 payment will still be made on time

If a cheque or Pre-authorized payment is returned by the bank between now and June 30, 2020 marked as Non-Sufficient Funds or Payment Stopped, will I face fees?

No, the Town will not charge administration fee or penalty during this time.

Can I pay my taxes at Town Hall by cash or debit?

No, as Town Hall is closed to the public, you could pay by cash in-person at your financial institution.

How do I make a tax payment online?

This can be set up by following the instructions found on your financial institutions online banking website.

I have already paid my 2020 Interim taxes in full, can I get a refund and pay at a later date?

Interim installments already paid will not be refunded.

Do landlords have to defer collecting taxes from their tenants?

The Town can only give property tax deferral to the owners of a property. Where landlords do utilize the deferral, they are encouraged to pass on the chosen tax payment schedule to their renters. Please contact your landlord directly regarding this.