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COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Authorization 

The Municipality of Clarington has implemented a COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) plan to assist property owners who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is to assist property owners with payment flexibility by allowing taxpayers to spread their taxes over equal monthly payments. An administrative change to the existing pre-authorized payment (PAP) plan allows taxpayers to join without paying an amount up front.

How does the Plan work?
Monthly payments will be deducted from the account provided on the first day of each month. The monthly withdrawal amount will be calculated by taking the account balance for 2021 divided by the number of months remaining in the 2021 term. The term will end with the November first withdrawal and the new term for 2022 will begin on December first. You will be automatically enrolled in the program for subsequent years unless a cancellation request is received in writing.

For applicants enrolled on the plan prior to the calculation of the 2021 final taxes, an estimated account balance will be used to calculate the withdrawal amount. Once taxes for the year are finalized, you will receive your final tax bill which will indicate a revised payment schedule. The payment schedule will appear on the front of your tax bill and will indicate the new withdrawal amount for July to November. Your tax bill will also indicate your payment schedule for the upcoming tax year to begin on December first.

Applicants enrolled on the COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment plan are exempt from penalty and interest charges.

A monthly withdrawal request not honoured at the bank (i.e. Non-sufficient funds (NSF) or stop payment etc.) will be subject to a service charge. The dishonoured amount plus the service charge must be paid by the tenth of the month. If payment is not received, your next withdrawal amount will be automatically increased to cover this amount.

If two or more payments fail to be honoured, The Director of Financial Services/Treasurer may revoke continued enrolment in the plan as well as cancel your privilege to participate in the plan for one year. Tax accounts disqualified from the program shall revert to the regular instalment billing system and be subject to penalty and interest in accordance with Municipal By-Laws.

If you pay taxes through your mortgage company but wish to join our plan, it is your responsibility to ask your mortgage company if they will allow you to do so.

It is the taxpayer’s responsibility, not your lawyer’s, to submit a request to cancel. Taxation Services must be notified, in writing, at least two weeks before the next withdrawal for all cancellations and bank account changes.


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Authorization

I/We hereby authorize the Municipality of Clarington to debit my/our account for payment of my/our property taxes on the first day of each month. The Municipality of Clarington will inform you in writing prior to any changes in the amount being deducted.

I/We will advise of any changes including enrollment application, bank account or address change, at least two weeks prior to the next payment.
Authorization is to remain in effect until cancelled by either myself or the Municipality of Clarington by written notification.

You have certain recourse rights if any debit does not comply with this agreement. For example, you have the right to receive reimbursement for any debit that is not authorized or is not consistent with this PAP agreement. To obtain more information on your recourse rights, contact your financial institution or visit www.payments.ca.

To cancel plan

It is the taxpayer’s responsibility (not your lawyer’s) to inform us in writing to stop pre-authorized payments when a property is sold. We will accept cancellations by mail; fax 905-623-4169 or email tax@clarington.net.
You may obtain a sample cancellation form and further information on your right to cancel this agreement at your financial institution or by visiting www.payments.ca.

I/We acknowledge that I/we have read and understood all the terms and conditions of the COVID-19 Monthly Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Plan.
 

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Personal information contained on this form is collected under the authority of the Municipal Act, 2001 and will be used to maintain a record of municipal taxes. Questions about this collection should be directed to the Records Information and Legislative Projects Coordinator at 40 Temperance Street, Bowmanville, Ontario, L1C 3A6, 905-623-3379 ext. 2104.



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