Tax Payments & Due Dates

When are property tax bills mailed out and when are they due?

What is the late charge for property tax payments?

What are my payment options for municipal property tax?

Where can I send payment for municipal property tax?

How can I register for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan?

How do I change banking information while enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan?

How can I cancel my Pre-Authorized Payment Plan?

How can I obtain an official tax receipt?

How do I apply for the Elderly Tax Credit?

I received a brochure about the Senior Homeowners' Property Tax. Is this a municipal program?

When are property tax bills mailed out and when are they due?

Property tax bills are mailed twice a year. The first bill is the Interim Tax Bill which acts as a bridge to finance municipal services until the Final Tax Billing is complete.

The Interim Tax Bill is calculated using the 2017 assessment roll and a portion of the prior year's tax rate. It is mailed in early February with two instalment due dates:

  • The first instalment is due in early March 2017
  • The second instalment is due in early April 2017

The second bill is the Final Tax Bill which is calculated using the 2017 assessment roll and the final tax rates as established by City Council. It is mailed in June with two instalment due dates:

  • The first instalment is due in July 2017
  • The second instalment is due in August 2017

What is the late charge for property tax payments?

The penalty charged for late tax payments is 1.25 per cent each month on the unpaid balance. It is applied on the day after the instalment due date. If the balance remains unpaid, the penalty is applied on the first of each month.

The City of Greater Sudbury issues reminder notices for past due payments three times a year: after the interim billing, after the final billing and at year-end.

When payment is received by mail, the tax department will honour the postmark date should payment be received after the due date.

A late charge applies to payments postmarked after the due date.

What are my payment options for municipal property tax?

Payment options are:

  • Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan: Once enrolled, payments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account. Please see "How can I register for the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan” for more information. An online Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan application form is available here.
  • Mortgage Companies: Ask your mortgage company to arrange for payment of property taxes as part of your monthly mortgage instalment.
  • If paying by cheque: Make cheques payable to the City of Greater Sudbury. Please write your property tax roll number on the front of your cheque and enclose your property tax bill instalment stubs. Postdated cheques are accepted but please ensure that cheques match the due date on your interim and final tax bills. Cheques dated past the due date will be cashed and a late charge will apply. Cheques returned for insufficient funds (NSF) require replacement and are subject to a $44 NSF fee in addition to late charges (if applicable).

Do not send cash through the mail.

Where can I send payment for municipal property tax?

By mail: Send your cheque, or postdated cheques for each instalment, to the City of Greater Sudbury Tax Department, Box 5555, Station A, Sudbury Ontario, P3A 4S2.

Financial institutions: You may pay your property tax at most banks, trust companies, credit unions and caisse populaire on or before the due date. Your financial institution may charge a fee for this service.

In person: At your nearest Citizen Service Centre in Capreol, Chelmsford, Dowling, Garson, Hanmer, Lively and Sudbury. Call 3-1-1 for hours at each location. You may also visit the Tax Department at Tom Davies Square, 200 Brady St., Sudbury, which is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

Telebanking: Tax payments may be made by telephone by registering with your financial institution for telebanking.

Internet: Tax payments may be made over a secure internet site by registering with your financial institution for online banking services. Please note: When asked for an account number, you must enter your property roll number (found on your tax bill). Do not include 5307 in the 15 digit field. (5307 is an identifier for the City of Greater Sudbury and is not needed to identify your personal property tax account.)

How can I register for the Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan?

You can enroll immediately for convenient pre-authorized payment of your property taxes.
Choose one of the following:

  • 12 month plan for automatic withdrawals on the first banking day of each month from January to December

or

  • 12 month plan for automatic withdrawals on the 15th day of each month from January to December

or

  • four instalments each year, usually once in March, April, July and August.

If you opt for 12-month automatic withdrawals, you will receive a letter to confirm the amount that will be withdrawn from your account each month. An online Pre-Authorized Tax Payment Plan application form is available here.

Forms are also available at your nearest Citizen Service Centre or by contacting the Tax department. Please see "How do I reach the tax department” for contact information.

How do I change banking information while enrolled in the Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan?

Submit written information to the tax department 15 days prior to the next scheduled withdrawal. Please ensure that the following information is clearly stated: name, address of property, mailing address (if different from property address), phone number and start date of new account.

How can I cancel my Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan?

You must submit written authorization to cancel your PAP plan 15 days prior to the next withdrawal date to allow ample time to cancel your next payment. Please see "How do I reach the tax department" for contact information.

How can I obtain an official tax receipt?

The tax department will provide an official receipt for property taxes paid for the current tax year, at no charge upon request. If a receipt is required for previous years, a $13 fee applies.

If you have paid your property tax by cheque, your cheque is your receipt.

For all other payment types, please refer to your final property tax bill and/or contact the tax department for your official receipt.

How do I apply for the Elderly Tax Credit?

To qualify for an Elderly Tax Credit of $275 through the City of Greater Sudbury, you or your spouse must:

  • Submit an application by December 31, 2017 for the 2017 tax year,
  • Receive the Government of Canada's Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS),
  • Be a resident of the City of Greater Sudbury,
  • Be at least 65 years of age as of December 31, 2017,
  • Be assessed as the owner of a residential property for the entire current year,
  • Occupy a single family unit on which municipal taxes have been levied.

If you qualify for the Elderly Tax Credit, you will receive a cheque in the fall.

An online Elderly Tax Credit form is available here.

To find out whether you are eligible and/or already receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement (G.I.S), please contact Service Canada at 1-800-277-9914 (1-800-277-9915 for French language service). Have your Social Insurance Number ready.

I received a brochure through the mail about the Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant. Is this a municipal program?

The Senior Homeowners' Property Tax Grant is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Revenue. It is not a municipal program.

The City of Greater Sudbury administers the Elderly Tax Credit. Please see "How do I apply for the Elderly Tax Credit" for more information.