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A separate application form is no longer required. You claim the 2016 Rebate when you file your 2016 income tax return in the spring of 2017. This means that in future years, you will be able to make retroactive claims for up to three years, but no further back than the 2016 Rebate.
To be eligible for the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate, you or your spouse / common-law partner must:
Yes. To be eligible for the Rebate, both the claimant and the spouse or common-law partner must reside in the home as their principal residence. If you and your spouse or common-law partner are separated for medical reasons (ex. one spouse living in a personal care home) or you and your spouse or common-law partner own more than one property, you may still be eligible. Please contact the Manitoba Tax Assistance Office, by phoning 204-948-2115 (Toll-free 1-800-782-0771).
A principal residence is the home in which you normally reside during the year.
Either you or your spouse or common-law partner must be at least age 65 by the end of the year to qualify. If you are under age 65 and you own your home, but your spouse or common-law partner is over age 65 and lives with you, you will jointly qualify for the Seniors’ School Tax Rebate.
Yes. As long as you meet all the requirements of the program, you can claim the Rebate on the proportion of school taxes that are applicable to your principal residence. In the case of a duplex, your Rebate will be based on ½ of the school taxes paid or payable.
No. You and your spouse or common-law partner can only receive one Rebate per year for your principal residence. Secondary residences such as rental properties or cottages are not eligible for the Rebate.
No. The Rebate is available to seniors who own their home and directly pay school taxes. Renters can still save up to $1,100 with the Education Property Tax Rebate.
Yes. You may be eligible if you, or your spouse or common-law partner, are identified on the municipal property tax statement as the person(s) responsible for paying the school tax, as of the municipal property tax due date.
No. You must pay a school division related tax on your municipal property tax statement to be eligible.
Your move will determine if you qualify for a Rebate on your new residence. You are eligible to claim the Rebate if you own and live in the residence on the municipal property tax due date. The following is a general guideline:
Yes. When completing the Manitoba Income Tax Form MB479 – Manitoba Credits, you will be required to reduce your school taxes paid by the value of the Rebate when applying for the School Tax Credit for Homeowners.