To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and support Public Health officials, the Town of Oakville has joined the Province of Ontario and Halton Region in declaring a State of Emergency. Facilities and parks remain closed. Only essential services are being delivered.
Oakville Town Council voted to accept late property tax payments with no interest or late fees for up to two months, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Council made the decision, for both residential and commercial taxes.
Interim property tax bills were issued at the end of January 2020, prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. The next tax installment is due on April 24, but it and all outstanding property taxes will be accepted anytime up to June 30 without penalty for anyone who is unable to pay by the due date.
Property owners who are on the town’s pre-authorized payment plans will be able to opt-out of the plans without consequence, as long as they do so prior to the 15th of the payment month.
Payment dates for tax payments are set in accordance with legislation that requires the town to pay the Region of Halton and school boards a proportional share of the tax levy. Consequently, all tax payment options including pre-authorized payment plans require that taxes are fully paid by September 30 annually.
Please tell the Tax Office as soon as possible about an impending change in property ownership. If you are moving within Oakville, neither your Property Account Number nor your Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan is transferable. You must change your options on your web banking to the correct property account number (five to six digit number on your tax bill) to ensure that your payments are applied to your property. You must complete a new application form for a Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan.
Payment must be received on or prior to the due date to avoid penalty and interest, charged at 1.25 per cent monthly (15.00% annually), applied on the first day of each month of default. Late payment charges are set in accordance with current legislation and cannot be waived.
Filing neither an assessment appeal, a request for reconsideration, or failure to receive a property tax bill does not exempt you from paying taxes by the due date or from incurring late payment penalties.