Beginning January 1, 2020, Poll Tax has been eliminated. If there is currently a balance from previous years, it is to be paid in full. If you are eligible for an exemption, please refer to the section below outlining the exemption process.
For more information about poll tax: call 709.637.1500 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or fax: 709-637-1625
What is “poll tax”?
The City of Corner Brook Act defines Poll Tax as being an annual tax of $200.00 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.
Please note that all exemptions will be based on the date that the Poll Tax bill was originally sent.
- 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.
- If you are liable to pay a poll tax or property tax (in the same billing year) in another municipality where you ordinarily live .
- If your spouse or common-law partner pays property tax, you are exempt from paying poll tax by providing a marriage certificate or CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) form showing claiming common-law status.
- If you earned less than the basic personal amount on your Income Tax for the previous year, you are exempt from paying poll tax for that billing date. You will have to provide your Notice of Assessment from CRA (Canada Revenue Agency) to show your income.
If you are a student, and you earn more than basic personal amount from previous tax year, you are able to deduct the cost of your tuition (form T-2202A) and the education amount that you claimed on your income tax return from your total income. If the result is less than basic personal amount, you are exempt from paying poll tax for that billing date. (Do not include income from an RESP, Canada Pension (Orphan’s Benefits) or HRDC Education allowance when calculating your income).
To apply for Exemption:
Please complete the Poll Tax Exemption Application Form and bring your poll tax bill and any of the documents (listed below) 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: email@example.com
- Birth Certificate: Bring in a copy of your birth certificate to prove you are under 18 years of age during the billing year.
- Notice of Assessment: To prove your income was less than the allowable exemption amount based on the billing year of the Poll Tax, bring a copy of your Notice of Assessment from your federal tax return. If you were a student in that billing year, you should also bring copies of your Form T-2202A . 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
- Poll or Property Tax: You may be eligible for exemption based on the following: 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. If you pay a property tax or a poll tax in another municipality during the billing year, bring in a copy of the tax bill to determine if you are eligible for an exemption. Please note that exemption does not include business taxes or property tax on a business.
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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