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Taxes

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has the lowest residential tax rates in the province and commercial tax rates that are competitive with other areas.

Residential Tax

Responsibility for property assessment (value) in Nova Scotia rests with the Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC), a provincial authority.  The municipality sets the tax rate.  Currently in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough the residential property tax rate is:
$0.61 (61 cents) per $100 of assessed value.
 
Residential taxes apply to single-family residences, multi-family residences, duplexes, apartments, condominiums, nursing homes, seasonal dwellings, manufactured homes, and some vacant land.
 
Any residents with a total household income of less than $25,000 (found on Line 150 of your 2016 CRA Notice of Assessment) can apply for a $100 Tax Exemption off their current year's property taxes. The form as well as directions can be found by clicking the following links and submitted to the Municipal Office.

Directions for Tax Exemption.pdf
Tax Exemption Applicaiton.pdf
 

Commercial Tax

The current commercial property tax rate is $2.58 per $100 of assessed property value. Commercial property includes all property except residential property and resource property, including forest land owned by a person who owns 50,000 acres or more.

The assessed business occupancy owner is required to notify their local PVSC office within 7 days of any opening and within 30 days of a closing or change in space occupied.  If you make changes to your business such as name, address, change in space occupied or ownership, your local PVSC will require notification within 30 days.

Resource Tax

Resource tax rates apply to farm property (land and buildings used for agricultural purposes), forest property owned by a person who owns less than fifty thousand acres, community fishermen's service buildings occupied and used by boat owners who are licensed commercial fishermen and the land used in connection with a municipal water utility. The current Resource Rate for MODG is $0.61 per $100 of assessment. 

Multiple use

It is possible for a property with several distinct uses to fall into more than one class. For example, commercial and residential space might be combined in one building. A property may also be a combination of residential, farm and forest land.  In these cases, Property Valuation Services Corporation determines the share of the value of the property attributable to each class.

Land Transfer Tax

The Municipality of the District of Guysborough has a Deed Transfer Tax of 1.0 per cent of the value of the property transferred. The Deed Transfer Tax is collected on the Municipality’s behalf by the Province of Nova Scotia at the Registry of Deeds located at the Sydney Land Office at 380 King Road, Sydney, Nova Scotia. You can contact the Registry by calling 902-563-2280.

Property Tax Billing and Interest Rates

The Municipality’s tax bills are normally issued in early April and are due on or before July 31.  All taxes not paid by the due date accrue interest at a rate of 18 per cent per annum (1.5% per month). The annual tax bill is for the period from April 1 through to March 31 (government fiscal year). The Municipality sends out approximately 8,500 tax bills. Reminder notices are mailed in September and November. If you have any questions about your tax bill, please contact the Tax Office at 902-533-3705 ext. 229.

Tax Payments Methods

Tax payments may be made at the Municipal Tax Office, 33 Pleasant Street, Guysborough, NS B0H 1N0 by presenting your tax bill to the Tax Clerk, Monday through Friday between 8:30 AM and 4:30 PM. The Municipality offers an Interac Machine and accepts Debit Card Payment (Credit cards are NOT accepted.). Your payment can also be made by mail. Send cheque or money order to the Tax Office at PO Box 79, Guysborough, N.S., B0H 1N0. Please remember to enclose the remittance stub of your tax bill with your payment and indicate your property number(s) on your cheque or money order. Online and telephone banking are also alternatives for paying property tax bills through most financial institutions.

Area Rates

A number of properties in the Municipality of the District of Guysborough attract various area rates, or charges that include fire service, street lighting and sewer operating charges. If you have any questions about your tax bill, tax rate or area rates please contact the Tax Office at 902-533-3705 ext. 229.

Staff Contact

Leona Sangster
Tax Revenue Clerk
Tel: 902-533-3705 ext. 229
Fax: 902-533-2749
Email: lsangster@modg.ca
 
Please access the following links to obtain more information on the following topics:

Common Questions around PVSC? 
PVSC FAQ Sheet.pdf

Who is the PVSC? 
http://www.pvsc.ca/en/home/default.aspx

What is property assessment? 
http://www.pvsc.ca/en/home/howassessmentworks/default.aspx

Can I appeal my assessment?
http://www.pvsc.ca/en/home/frequently-asked-questions/appealfaqs.aspx