Poll Tax

Under the City of Corner Brook Act every employer in the City shall provide Council within two weeks of the demand the names of its employees and the date that their employment began.  The City would then proceed to bill you for poll tax.

General information about poll tax: call 709.637.1565 or email: polltax@cornerbrook.com  

What is “poll tax”?

The City of Corner Brook Act defines Poll Tax as being an annual tax of $200.00 (for 2017 taxation year) which is set by Council on all persons 18 years of age or older who ordinarily live in the City and do not own residential property or are employed in the City for a period of not less than 3 months of that billing year.  A person who becomes a non-resident or employee in the City for the billing year is entitled to a rebate or exemption of the poll tax that the person has paid for the full year. The rebate will be in proportion to the duration of time that person is not a resident or employee..

Exemptions:

  1. If you are or become a property owner within the City of Corner Brook.  If you pay equal to or more than the poll tax of becoming a property owner in the same billing year.
  2. If you are liable to pay a poll tax or property tax in another municipality where you ordinarily live.
  3. If your spouse or common-law partner pays property tax, you are exempt from paying poll tax by providing a marriage certificate or Revenue Canada form showing claiming common-law status.
  4. If you earned less than $11,474.00 in 2016, you are exempt from paying poll tax.  You will have to provide your Notice of Assessment from Revenue Canada to show your income.

If you are a student, and you earn more than $11,474.00, deduct the cost of your tuition (from form T-2202A) and the education amount that you claimed on your 2016 income tax return from your total income.  If the result is less than $11,474.00 (the federal basic personal amount for 2016) you are exempt from paying poll tax for 2017. (Do not include income from an RESP, Canada Pension (Orphan’s Benefits) or HRDC Education allowance when calculating your income).

To apply for Exemption:

Bring your poll tax bill and any documents that support your claim for the exemption to City Hall, 5 Park Street, Corner Brook, and a Customer Service Representative will assist you in applying for an exemption.  You can also fax documents to (709) 637-1625 or email: polltax@cornerbrook.com

  1. To prove you are under 18 years of age, bring a copy of your birth certificate.
  2. To prove your income was less than $11,474.00 bring a copy of your 2016, Notice of Assessment from your federal tax return.  If you were a student in 2016, you should also bring copies of your Form T-2202A , your T4A from your 2016 federal tax return.
  3. If you have not received your Notice of Assessment, you may contact the Canada Revenue Agency at 1800-959-8281 or visit their website at Canada Revenue Agency Assessment

If you do not apply for and receive an exemption, the City will take measures to collect your poll tax payment and this could affect your credit rating.

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