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Seniors’ School Tax Rebate Program

How to Apply and get a Rebate

Where can I get an application?

The application is available through the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office, Seniors’ School Tax Rebate Program: 2014 Seniors School Tax Rebate – Application

Online: www.manitoba.ca/seniorsrebate

By calling 204-945-7555 or toll free at 1-855-893-8266

By e-mailing seniorsrebate@gov.mb.ca

When can I apply?
You can submit your application anytime after you receive your municipal property tax statement. Some municipalities send their tax statements as early as mid-May, while others send their statements over the summer or in the fall. The deadline for submitting an application is March 31 of the following year, so you have until March 31, 2015 to apply for the 2014 Rebate.

How will I get the Rebate?
Eligible seniors will receive the Rebate by cheque approximately eight to ten weeks after their municipality’s property tax due date. If you apply after the property tax due date, you should receive your rebate eight to ten weeks after you submit your application.

Eligibility for the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate

How do I know if I am eligible?
To be eligible for the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate:

·  You or your spouse/common-law partner must be 65 years of age or older by the end of the year (December 31, 2014);

·  You or your spouse or common-law partner must own your home;

·  You and your spouse or common-law partner must live in your home; and

·  You and your spouse or common-law partner must be a resident of Manitoba.

How much is the Rebate?
You can use our online Seniors’ School Tax Rebate Estimator at
www.manitoba.ca/seniorsrebate . You can also call the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office, Seniors’ School Tax Rebate at 204-945-7555, or toll free at 1-855-893-8266.

Do both spouses have to live in the house to be eligible for the Rebate?
Yes. To be eligible for the Rebate, both the applicant and the spouse or common-law partner must reside in the home as their principal residence. If you and your spouse or common-law partner are separated for medical reasons (ex. one spouse living in a personal care home) or you and your spouse or common-law partner own more than one property, you may still be eligible. Please contact the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office, Seniors’ School Tax Rebate at 204-945-7555, or toll free at 1-855-893-8266.

What is a principal residence?
A principal residence is the home in which you normally reside during the year.

I am under age 65 and own my home, but my spouse is over age 65. Do we qualify?
Either you or your spouse or common-law partner must be at least age 65 by the end of the year to qualify. If you are under age 65 and you own your home, but your spouse or common-law partner is over age 65 and lives with you, you will jointly qualify for the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate.

I own a duplex, reside in one side and rent the other side. Will I be eligible for the Rebate?
Yes. As long as you meet all the requirements of the program, you can apply for the Rebate on the proportion of school taxes that are applicable to your principal residence. In the case of a duplex, your Rebate will be based on ½ of the school taxes paid or payable.

I am over the age of 65 and own two properties. Can I receive the Rebate on both?
No. You and your spouse or common-law partner can only receive one Rebate per year for your principal residence. Secondary residences such as rental properties or cottages are not eligible for the Rebate.

I am a senior who rents an apartment. Do I qualify?
No. The Rebate is available to seniors who own their home and directly pay school taxes. Renters can still save up to $1,100 with the
Education Property Tax Rebate.

I live in a provincial park, can I apply for the Rebate? 
No. You must pay a school division related tax on your municipal property tax statement to be eligible.

Changes in ownership/residence

I am moving to a new residence, how do I get the rebate?
Your move will determine if you qualify for a Rebate on your new residence. You are eligible to apply for a Rebate if you own and live in the residence on the municipal property tax due date. The following is a general guideline:

·  If you take possession of your new home before the municipal property tax due date, you are eligible to apply for the Rebate on your new home. In this situation the prior owner would not be eligible.

·  If you take possession of the home after the municipal property tax due date, you cannot apply for the Rebate on that property for that year, but you can apply for your old residence if you owned and lived at the property as of the municipal property tax due date.

Other Questions

Do I need to report the Rebate I received on my personal income tax return?
Yes. When completing the Manitoba Income Tax Form MB479 – Manitoba Credits, you will be required to reduce your school taxes paid by the value of the Rebate when applying for the School Tax Credit for Homeowners and $400 Seniors’ Education Property Tax Credit.

Do my municipal property taxes have to be paid before I submit my application to receive the Rebate?
No. Your municipal property taxes do not have to be paid in order to submit your application for the Rebate. However, the Rebate will not be processed until after the property tax due date.

My property taxes are currently in arrears, can I submit an application to receive the Rebate?
No. An application for the Rebate will not be processed until such time the municipal property taxes are no longer in arrears. Note: that the deadline for submitting an application is March 31 of the following year, so you have until March 31, 2015 to apply for your 2014 Rebate.