Apply for a property tax rebate: Property Tax Rebate for Seniors

The Property Tax Rebate for Seniors helps low-income seniors with the cost of municipal residential property taxes. Rebates are 50% of what you paid on last year’s property taxes, up to a maximum of $800. You can apply until 31 December 2020.

Apply for the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors to help with the cost of your municipal residential property taxes. You can receive 50% of what you paid on last year’s property taxes, up to $800, if you qualify for the rebate.

Rebate amount

The rebate amount is based on your municipal residential property taxes. The program provides eligible homeowners with a rebate of 50% of the municipal residential property taxes they paid for the 2019 tax year, up to a maximum of $800.

All of the amounts listed on your tax bill are eligible to be included in the rebate calculation, except amounts for:

  • commercial property
  • resource property (non-residential land or forest)
  • municipal exemption or rebate

Rebate calculation example

  1. Take the total taxes paid and subtract amounts for commercial property, resource property, and municipal exemptions or rebates. This is your eligible amount.
  2. Divide the eligible amount by 2. This is your rebate amount.
  3. If your calculated rebate amount is more than $800, you only receive the maximum amount of $800.
Example of rebate calculation
 
On your tax bill Amount Eligible for rebate calculation?
Total taxes 1558.05  
Residential property taxes 986.25 Yes
Commercial property taxes -381.15 No
Resource property taxes -105.13 No
Fire service taxes 85.52 Yes
Municipal exemption or rebate -100.00 No
Eligible amount 971.77  
     
Rebate (50% of eligible amount) $485.89  

Eligibility

To qualify for the rebate, you need to be 65 or older in 2020 and meet all of the following criteria:

  • your 2019 municipal residential property taxes are paid in full
  • you lived at the property as your primary residence in 2019
  • you receive or are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada

If you’re not already receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance, you can check with Service Canada to see if you’re eligible for them.

You need to apply by 31 December 2020.

How to apply

  1. Complete both sides of the rebate application.
  2. Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  3. Send your completed application and supporting documents (including tax information) by mail or fax. Or visit Access Nova Scotia.

How long it takes

It should take 8 weeks to get your rebate. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly. If additional information is required to process your rebate, the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services contacts you by mail.

If you get your income tax refund by direct deposit, the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) deposits your rebate into the bank account you have registered with. If not, CRA mails your rebate cheque within 8 weeks.

Cost

There is no cost to apply for the rebate.

Before you start

Make sure you have:

  • 2019 property tax bills and receipts showing that your 2019 property taxes are paid in full or a Municipal Property Tax Sheet completed by your municipality if your property is outside the Halifax Regional Municipality (HRM)
  • your Social Insurance Number

You may need to provide additional supporting documents including:

  • proof of power of attorney if you’re applying on behalf of another person
  • Death Certificate, if you’re applying on behalf of the applicant’s estate

Application form