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Home Owner Grant

Home Owner Grant

CLAIM Your Home Owner Grant Online!

The Home Owner Grant must be claimed by the Tax Due Date (July 4, 2016) to avoid penalty. You will not receive the grant if you fail to complete the application form.

There are now two options for claiming your Home Owner Grant:

•Use the form on your 2016 property tax statement and mail or bring it into the Office. Postmarks will not be considered as date of payment.
•Avoid line ups and Use the Online Form


Unclaimed grants constitute unpaid current taxes and are subject to penalties. You may claim the grant without making a payment. Your grant must be claimed each and every year that you are eligable.
 

 

Home Owner Grant (FAQ)

  • What is the Home Owner Grant?
  • Do I qualify for the regular Home Owner Grant?
  • Do I qualify for the additional Home Owner Grant?
  • If I own a residential property, do I need to calculate the Home Owner Grant amount?
  • At what assessed value is the Home Owner Grant reduced and eliminated?
  • My mortgage company pays my taxes. Can I still receive the Home Owner Grant?
  • What happens to my Home Owner Grant if I pay my bill through the bank or by telebanking?
  • I did not apply for the grant in previous years. What can I do?
  • If the registered property owner is recently deceased, can I still claim the grant on his or her behalf?
  • Where can I get a Home Owner Grant Application?
  • Where can I get more information on the Home Owner Grant Program?
     

What is the Home Owner Grant?


The home owner grant is designed to help homeowners reduce their property taxes. There are two categories of grants:

  • The regular grant may reduce your taxes by as much as $770.
  • The additional grant may reduce your taxes by as much as $1045.

Homeowners may apply for one grant only in a calendar year. The grant does not apply to delinquent taxes or to any penalties, interest or fees.

The grant entitles the owner to a maximum reduction in residential property taxes of $770 (or $1045 if over 65, permanently physically disabled, or in receipt of certain war veterans allowances).

The amount of the grant depends on taxes assessed (see below for further information on the grant and assessment values).
 

Do I qualify for the regular Home Owner Grant?

  • You must be a British Columbia resident.
  • You must be a permanent BC resident . Residency is based on a number of factors (e.g. you pay BC income taxes, automobile insurance and medical service premiums and/or possess a BC driver’s license).
  • You must own the property when you apply for the grant.
  • You must either hold title, be a tenant for life, hold the last registered agreement for sale, or be a lessee under a 99 year lease. Your ownership interest must be registered at the Land Titles Office.
  • You must occupy the dwelling as your principal residence when you apply. The dwelling is the usual place where you make your home. It is the property on which you live and from where you conduct your daily affairs (e.g. pay your bills, file your income tax returns, receive your BC Medical bills, receive your ICBC renewals and/or life insurance). The grant does not apply to second, rental and/or other properties.
  • You and your spouse, together can claim only one grant. A spouse also includes a man and woman not married to each other but who have lived together as husband and wife for a continuous period of not less than 2 years. If you and your spouse have entered into a written separation agreement and are living apart, you may each apply.

 

You may be required to prove your eligibility for the grant by providing proof of ownership and/or residency. Documentation may be required to support your claim. Failure to provide the requested information may result in the denial of your claim for the grant.

Do I qualify for the additional Home Owner Grant?


You must first qualify for the regular grant before you may claim the additional grant. You may claim the additional grant if you are:

  • 65 or older during the calendar year; or
  • a veteran, or the spouse or widow/widower of a veteran receiving an allowance under the War Veterans Allowance Act (Canada) or the Civilian War-Related Benefits Act (Canada); or
  • a person with disabilities receiving a disability allowance under the Disability Benefits Program Act;or
  • a person with disabilities who does not receive a disability allowance under the Disability Benefits Program Act, or you are a property owner with a disabled spouse or relative residing permanently with you.

Note: Being a recipient of the Canada Pension Plan disability benefits does not qualify you for the additional grant.



If I own a residential property, do I need to calculate the Home Owner Grant amount?

No, your property tax bill will reflect the correct Home Owner Grant amount.
 

At what assessed value is the Home Owner Grant reduced and eliminated?


2011 reduction rules:

  • The grant is reduced at a rate of $5 for each $1,000 of assessed value over $1,150,000.
  • The grant is eliminated when the assessed value reaches $1,264,000 for owners claiming a basic grant.
  • The grant is eliminated when the assessed value reaches $1,319,00 for owners claiming an additional grant.

 

My mortgage company pays my taxes. Can I still receive the Home Owner Grant?


If your mortgage company pays your property taxes on your behalf you may still qualify for the grant. However, it is your responsibility to:

  • complete, sign and return the home owner grant application on your tax notice to the Village of Telkwa Municipal Office by the Due Date shown on the tax notice. Do not send your grant application to your mortgage company.
  • or apply on line following the e-hog instructions.

ensure your mortgage company is paying the correct amount of property taxes, minus any home owner grant amount.
 

What happens to my Home Owner Grant if I pay my bill through the bank? 

  • Please check with your financial institution for their procedures.
  • Your completed Home Owner Grant application form must still be submitted online, mailed, faxed or dropped off to the Municipal Office and be received by the due date.


I did not apply for the grant in previous years. What can I do?


A retroactive home owner grant may only be approved for the previous year. In order to claim a retroactive Home Owner Grant, the owner must:

  • Visit the Village Office and fill out the paperwork on or after January 1st of the following year if he/she has failed to apply for the grant
  • submit the request to the 

The retroactive home owner grant application may be approved only if the following two conditions are met:

  • where the property taxes have been paid in full and were paid by the applicant who owned the property at the time the taxes were paid, and the applicant was eligible for the grant on December 31st of the year in respect of which the grant is applied for; or
  • where the property taxes have not been paid, the applicant was eligible for the grant on December 31st of the year in respect of which the grant is applied for.

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