Province providing significant tax relief for seniors
Submitted by Pat Hoy’s Office
Local seniors will benefit from tax relief to help with household costs and property taxes under new provincial policies, says MPP Pat Hoy.
“Our government understands the needs of our seniors. These credits are another example of how we are working hard to assist our seniors with the cost of living,” said Hoy.
Hoy pointed out that more than 740,000 seniors will see an increase in tax relief with the enhancement of the Ontario Energy & Property Tax Credit, which provides seniors who own or rent their home with up to $1,025 in relief for the sales tax on energy and for property taxes.
Senior homeowners with low-to-moderate incomes will also receive property tax relief through the annual Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant with up to $500 starting in 2010, doubling the amount available in 2009.
These credits are in addition to the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit, which will give more than four million Ontarians, including seniors, 10 per cent off their monthly electricity bills for the next five years, effective January 1, 2011, to help manage rising electricity costs.
· To apply for the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit and Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant, seniors need to file their 2010 tax return.
· The enhanced Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit will provide $525 million more than the property tax credit relief provided in 2009, for a total relief of almost $1.3 billion annually for 2.8 million Ontarians.
· Through the Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant, the government is providing $1 billion over the next five years to about 600,000 senior homeowners.
· Find out more about the Ontario Energy and Property Tax Credit at: http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/en/credit/oeptc/index.html.
· Learn about the new Ontario Clean Energy Benefit at: http://news.ontario.ca/mof/en/2010/12/helping-families-manage-electricity-costs.html.
· Read about the Ontario Senior Homeowners’ Property Tax Grant at: http://www.rev.gov.on.ca/en/credit/shptg/index.html.
“Ontario seniors have worked hard to make our province the great place we all enjoy, but many of them on fixed incomes are feeling the pinch of the rising cost of living. Our government is providing some help with household costs to make things a little bit easier for seniors,” said Finance Minister Dwight Duncan.