Property Tax Information
Property tax due dates
Property taxes are due four times per year in the Municipality of Huron East. The annual due dates are the last business day of :
Although there are four payment installments per year, property tax bills are mailed only twice per year.
- Interim Tax Notices are mailed out the latter part of February (include the March and June installments)
- Final Tax Notices are mailed the latter part of August (include the September and November installments)
Tax arrears are subject to a penalty charge of 1.25% on the first day of default, as well as 1.25% on the first day of each month thereafter. It is the responsiblity of the property owner to ensure payment is received at the municipal office on/or before the due date to avoid penalty charges.
Current Huron East News Letter Click Here .
For information related to the 2016 Final Tax Rates .
Payment can be made the following ways:
- In person at the Municipal Office at 72 Main St S, Seaforth - Monday to Friday,8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Accepted forms of payment include cash, cheque, or debit. We do NOT accept Credit Card payments at this time.
- At Your Bank –payment can be made at CIBC branches in Seaforth, Brussels and Listowel, TD bank in Seaforth, Libro Credit Union branches in Clinton, Exeter or Listowel. . You must have your payment stub with you, clearly identifying your property tax roll number.
- By Mail – by cheque made payable to the Municipality of Huron East, 72 Main St S, Box 610, Seaforth, ON N0K 1W0. Post-dated cheques are welcome. Please include the remittance stub with your payment. Do not send cash through the mail. It is the responsiblity of the property owner to ensure payment is received at the municipal office on/or before the due date to avoid penalty charges.
- By Telephone/Online Banking – Telephone and Online Banking payment options are also available through most financial institutions for tax and utility payments only. Your property tax account is the roll number identified on your tax bill. If making telephone or electronic payments, please allow for processing time as payments must be received in the municipal office on/or before the due date to avoid penalty charges.
- Pre-Authorized Payment Plan Application forms to enroll are available at the Municipal Office or Huron East website. We also require a void cheque be returned with the completed application. Two plans are available. Installment Due Date and Monthly. For a copy of the Pre-Authorized Payment Form, click here
Change of Ownership or Address Information
- If a property has changed ownership, please forward the tax bill to your lawyer to pass along to the new owner or return it to the Tax Office. To prevent misdirected tax bills, please advise the Tax Office in writing of mailing address changes.
- Failure to receive a tax notice does not exempt you from the payment of the taxes, nor penalty and interest.
Cheques not honoured by your bank will result in a charge of $20.00 being added to your tax account. Please ensure that your cheques are properly completed and signed.
Property Tax and Zoning Certificates
Tax and zoning certificates can be requested with a fee of $35 per property roll number each (HST exempt). Certificates will be issued once payment is received.
Commercial/Industrial Property Owners Vacancy Rebate Applications
A reminder that applications must be received no later than February 28th of each year, for the previous taxation year, where buildings were entirely or partially vacant for a period of 90 (consecutive) days and mandatory criteria are met. Application forms are available at the Municipal Office or online (click here). Please be aware that unless requested these forms are not mailed out. Applications must be filed annually.
Property Tax Rebate for Eligible Charites Application (click here)
If you do not agree with your property assessment you can file a “Request for Reconsideration” of your Assessment to the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) until March 31st. These forms are available on the MPAC web site or at the Municipal Office or contact MPAC at 1-866-296-6722.
If property taxes remain unpaid for a specific period of time, the Municipal Tax Sales Act provides the sale of the property. The Municipality registers a Tax Arrears Certificate if taxes remain unpaid on land for three years prior to January 1st of any year.
These time lines apply to both residential and non-residential classes of property
A Tax Arrears Certificate indicates that the property will be sold if taxes, penalties, interest and reasonable costs incurred by the Municipality are not paid within one year of registration of the certificate. Once a certificate has been registered, partial payments cannot be accepted, but a Council approved repayment schedule may be arranged by the owner prior to the expiry of the one year period.
The Municipality may advertise the property for sale for non-payment of taxes if the cancellation price is not paid within one year of the certificate. Advertisements are published in the local papers for four consecutive weeks and the Ontario Gazette for one week.
All tax properties are sold without warranty and are sold as is. Further information will be made available at the time of advertising of the Tax Sale properties.
Tax Sale Property Information