May/June

NEW Seniors' School Tax Rebate


Manitoba Seniors will be eligible for a new tax rebate of up to $235 when they receive their municipal property tax bills.

Seniors who qualify for the new tax rebate must:
  • own and live in their home,
  • be at least 65 years of age by the end of 2014, and
  • have school taxes not already fully covered by the existing Education Property Tax Credit.

NOTE: This rebate is not related to your income. It is only related to your property taxes and is based on your Net School Taxes.




If your Net School Tax is
over  $235 you will receive
the full refund.







The process is not complicated. You can apply as soon as you receive your property tax bill. Winnipeg and Brandon  will receive their property tax statements this month. (Other communities should check with their municipalities.)
Applications and more information are available online at www.manitoba.ca/seniorsrebate or by calling the tax assistance team at 204-945-7555 in Winnipeg or at 1-855-893-8266 (toll-free).

 Powers of Attorney and Joint Bank Accounts



 I'd like to recommend this excellent  new document developed by the Forum of Federal/Provincial/Territorial  Ministers Responsible for Seniors.
This brochure identifies some of the risks, benefits and possible unintended consequences of granting someone a Power of Attorney or opening a joint bank account. It is meant to assist older adults and their families to initiate conversations regarding the use and misuse of these two financial management tools and help support informed decision-making. 
The brochure is available at http://www.gov.mb.ca/shas/fpt/index.html  and print copies can be accessed through us at 204-945-6565 or 1-800-665-6565.

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