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Whether you own or rent your home, you could be eligible to save up to $700 with the Manitoba government’s Education Property Tax Credit (EPTC). The credit is provided by the province of Manitoba to help cover the school taxes you pay, or a portion of your rent either directly on your municipal property tax statement or through your income tax return.
Seniors may be eligible for additional savings. See below to learn more.
If you own your home and pay property taxes, you can save up to $700 off your property taxes with the EPTC. To check if you are already receiving the Credit, review your property tax statement from your local municipality to see if you receive the “Manitoba Education Property Tax Credit Advance”. If you do not already have the Credit applied to your municipal property tax statement, you can still receive it:
If you rent your home, you may still qualify to receive up to $700 in savings with the EPTC. The Credit is claimed on the Manitoba Income Tax Form MB479 – Manitoba Credits.
If you are 65 of age or older by the end of the year, you may qualify for additional savings from the Manitoba government to help cover your education property taxes:
Seniors School Tax Rebate: For seniors who own their homes the Manitoba government has committed to eliminate school taxes by 2016. Applying is easy. Learn more.
Seniors with income under $40,000: Senior households with income under $40,000 may be eligible for an additional EPTC of up to $400. The Credit is claimed on the Manitoba Income Tax Form MB479 – Manitoba Credits. Learn more.
Who is eligible for the EPTC?
All Manitoba households, whether rented or owned, may be eligible for one EPTC.
How much is my household eligible for?
A maximum $700 credit is available after a minimum amount of property taxes or rent. For homeowners, households must pay the first $250 of property taxes. Any amount above that up to $700 is eligible for the Credit. Renters can claim 20% of their rent above the $250 threshold up to a maximum of $700.
Example 1: A household pays $1,500 in property taxes, including $750 in municipal tax and $750 in school tax. This household is eligible for the full $700 EPTC.
Example 2: A household pays $600 in property taxes, including $300 in municipal tax and $300 in school tax. This household is eligible for an EPTC of $350 ($600 total property tax minus the $250 threshold).
Example 3: A household pays $800 in rent per month, for a total of $9,600 per year. This household is eligible for the full $700 EPTC.
Senior households with a combined income of $40,000 or less may be eligible for an additional EPTC of up to $400. This provides savings of up to $1,100 when combined with the basic $700 EPTC. Whether you are a homeowner or a tenant, you can claim this additional amount on your personal income tax return.
For further information, click here to view detailed program rules on the website of the Canada Revenue Agency or call the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office at 204-948-2115, or toll free at 1-800-782-0771, or e-mail TAO@gov.mb.ca.