The Town of Amherst recognizes that many citizens and businesses have been significantly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Town is, therefore, offering a one-time property tax financing program for qualified owners of residential and commercial properties negatively affected by the COVID-19 global pandemic.
You may qualify if your account is current up to March 31, 2020, and you are the owner of:
Note: For residential applications, mandatory information to support your application must be provided. Attach copies of related documents, screenshots, or legible pictures such as: proof of receipt of Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), a Record of Employment showing layoff after March 1, 2020 and any additional related information or documentation.
Note: For commercial applications, mandatory information to support your application must be provided. Attach copies of related documents, screenshots or legible pictures including but not limited to:
Further details on eligibility criteria are detailed in the COVID-19 Property Tax Financing Program Policy
If your application is approved, your property tax payments will be spread out over 30 months. Your first six (6) payments will be $25 per month.
The remainder of your tax bill will be divided by 24 to get the monthly amount you will be expected to pay. A small amount of interest (1.35 per cent) will be applied to your monthly payments.
Example: John owns his own home but lost his job due to COVID-19. He applies for the Property Tax Financing Program and his application is approved. John’s tax bill is $2,000. He pays $25 for the first six months. After six months his balance of 2,000-$150=$1,850 is divided into 24 equal payments of $78.73 plus interest. John must pay this amount every month for 24 months. At the end of the program, John has only paid $39.43 in interest.
Note: Default of payment under this program results in immediate termination of the financing agreement. Taxes will be due in full as of the default date, with interest accruing at a rate of 12 per cent on any unpaid balance.
Residents who believe they are eligible can apply through an online form at https://nspropertytaxprogram.ca/ and select the Town of Amherst from the drop-down list.
Note: there are a few items to be aware of when using the portal:
For those who prefer a paper application, please contact Amherst Town Hall at 902-667-3352 and one will be mailed to you.
The information is being collected by the Association of Municipal Administrators (AMANS) and the Federation of Nova Scotia Municipalities (NSFM) on behalf of the town. This information will be sent to the town office for review and approval. Please note:
• The form must be fully completed for your application to be considered
• The deadline to submit your application is June 30, 2020
• The application must be completed by the owner(s) of the property
• You will be asked for your Property Assessment Number which is on your Property Assessment Notice from Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC). If you don’t have access to your Assessment Notice there is a link on the form that will take you to the PVSC website where you can obtain that information.
A confirmation that your application has been received will be sent to you by email. Your municipality will notify you if you have been approved.