Farm properties eligible for reduced tax

By Gary Sliworsky
Ag rep, Emo

The Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program allows eligible properties to be taxed at the Farm Property Class tax rate of 25 percent of the municipal residential tax rate.
The farm residence, and one acre (0.4 ha) of land surrounding it, will continue to be taxed as residential class.
A multi-year Farm Property Class Tax Rate Program application is used to determine the eligibility for the Farm Property Class tax rate for the current and subsequent years.
All property owners are responsible for informing the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs immediately of any changes related to the eligibility status of the property.
In order to be eligible for the Farm Property Class tax rate, all of the following criteria must be satisfied:
•The property must be assessed as farmland through the Property Assessment Division of the Municipal Property Assessment Corp. (MPAC).
•The property must be used as part of a farming operation generating gross farm income of at least $7,000 as reported to Canada Revenue Agency for income tax purposes.
•A valid Farm Business Registration number is required for the farm business operating on the land.
Under the Farm Registration and Farm Organizations Funding Act, a farm business generating gross farm income of at least $7,000, as reported to Canada Revenue Agency for income tax purposes, must register annually with Agricorp.
Continued eligibility for the Farm Property Class tax rate requires the yearly renewal of the Farm Business Registration number.
•More than 50 percent of the property ownership must be held by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
If the property is owned by a business which is a sole proprietorship, the owner must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
If the property is owned by a business which is a partnership, more than 50 percent of the profit or loss of the partnership must be allocated to the partners who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
If the property is owned by a business which is a corporation, more than 50 percent of the voting shares must be controlled by Canadian citizens or permanent residents of Canada.
If you have questions concerning the farm property class, contact OMAFRA at 1-800-469-2285.
For all inquiries, state your owner ID number, name, address, property roll number, and telephone number.
Dates to remember
•Dec. 2–Rainy River Soil & Crop Association annual meeting, Morley municipal office, 7 p.m.

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