Charities that own or rent property in Halton may be eligible for a tax rebate

Charities in Halton do important work to assist residents across the Region.  Halton Region is a great place to live, work, raise a family and retire because of the strong partnership between governments, business, community associations and charitable organizations.

I wanted to take this opportunity to promote Halton’s Charity Tax Rebate program  as the deadline to apply is fast-approaching.

Registered charities that own or rent commercial or industrial property in Halton Region may be eligible for the Charity Tax Rebate program.  The program, administered by the Local Municipalities, provides a tax rebate of 40 per cent of the property taxes paid by local charities.  The deadline to apply for the rebate is February 28, 2013.

To be eligible for the rebate, charities must have a valid registration number issued by the Canada Revenue Agency, must rent or own a commercial or industrial property in Halton, and be able to verify the amount of property taxes paid.  Interested charitable organizations should contact their local municipal tax office to determine eligibility.  There is no cost to apply for this rebate.

Applications must be made annually and received between January 1 of the taxation year and no later than the last day of February of the following taxation year for which the charity rebate is being requested.  For example an application for the 2012 tax year must be received between January 1, 2012 and February 28, 2013.

To apply for the Charity Tax Rebate visit www.halton.ca/propertytaxes and complete the “Registered Charity Tax Relief Application.”

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”

Let’s Talk…Let’s Connect: A new networking series with the non-profit sector

Halton Region works closely with the non-profit sector in Halton.  We value the significant contributions the sector makes to the quality of life for residents in our community.  Increasing the strength and capacity of this sector is an action in the Citizens’ Priorities – Halton Region’s 2011-2014 Action Plan.  Over 2000 non-profit agencies in Halton and thousands of volunteers work diligently everyday to provide important programs and services to residents in Halton.

Through many different initiatives, Halton Region regularly partners with the non-profit sector.  As part of our commitment to working with the sector, we are bringing people together to build strength in the non-profit sector to achieve their organizational goals.  Building “capacity” supports the sector to manage services now and in the future.  We will be hosting three networking sessions in 2013 to connect people and ignite conversations about opportunities for collaboration that will help the sector achieve its goals.

The first session will be on Wednesday February 13 at the Milton Sports Dome from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Paul Born, president of Tamarack: An Institute for Community Engagement and author of Community Conversations: Mobilizing the Ideas, Skills and Passion of Community Organizations, Governments, Business and People will facilitate the session.  Participants will hear about Halton initiatives that began as conversations and are currently creating change in our community.

The Let’s Talk…Let’s Connect series seeks to create opportunities for conversation, networking and learning to strengthen relationships and build capacity within the non-profit sector.  The invitation to attend these sessions is open to all sectors.  Government, the non-profit sector, the private sector and funders can all make important contributions to these conversations. To register for the first session or to learn more about the series please dial 311 or visit www.halton.ca/npconversations.

As always, if you have any Regional concerns or comments you would like to share, please feel free to email me at gary.carr@halton.ca. You can also find me on Twitter @garycarrhalton or on Facebook. To receive further updates on Regional issues, please subscribe to my quarterly e-newsletter, “The Carr Report.”