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February 18, 2011


Car Tax Refund

On February 18, 2011, the City of Toronto began the early mail out of the car tax refund cheques.

    1. How long will it take to mail out the cheques? When should I expect to receive my cheque?
       Refund cheques will be mailed out over the next 6 weeks. Vehicle owners that are eligible for a refund
       should receive their refunds by early May, at the very latest.

    2. In what order will the cheques be mailed?
       The car tax refund cheques will be processed based on the licence plate renewal date, beginning with
       January 2011 renewal/PVT transactions.
         
    3. How many cheques are being mailed?
       There are approximately 147,000 refund cheques that will be mailed.
         
    4. Who do I contact if I have not received a refund?
       You can contact the City of Toronto, Revenue Services Call Centre at 416-338-4829.

Background - Personal Vehicle Tax (PVT)

On December 16, 2010 Council approved the termination of the City's Personal Vehicle Tax (PVT). As of January
1, 2011, residents who live in Toronto and own a vehicle will no longer have to pay the $60 tax ($30 for
motorcycle/moped) per year when renewing their licence plate.

How the tax applies during the termination phase is described in questions 1 to 3.

    1. Who has to pay the PVT?
    a) If you are due to renew your vehicle plate on or after January 1, 2011 you are not required to pay the tax.
       If you renewed your vehicle plate in 2010 and paid the tax in advance, you will receive a refund from the
       City.
    b) If you were due to renew your vehicle plate on or before December 31, 2010 you will be required to pay
       the tax. Please note: if you are purchasing a two-year renewal, the collection system will apply the tax for
       both years and the City will automatically issue a PVT tax refund for the second year (the year starting on
       or after January 1, 2011).
    c) Example: If your vehicle plate was due for renewal in December 2010 and you renew your licence plate in
       January 2011, the tax will be applied. If you choose to purchase a two-year renewal, half of the tax will be
       refunded by the City as soon as possible.

    2. Who qualifies for a PVT refund?
    a) If you renewed your vehicle plate in 2010 and your birthday falls on or after January 1, 2011 you will
       qualify for the refund.



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b) If you were due to renew your vehicle plate on or before December 31, 2010 and are purchasing a two-
   year renewal, the collection system will apply the tax for both years and the City will automatically issue a
   PVT refund for the second year (the year starting on or after January 1, 2011).
c) If you purchased a two-year renewal in 2009 you will not qualify for a refund.

3. How do I apply for a PVT refund?
   There is no need to apply for PVT refunds. The City of Toronto will automatically process and mail your
   refund to your home address.

4. When will I receive a refund?
   You will receive a refund April 2011.

5. What is PVT?
   The City of Toronto’s Personal Vehicle Tax is a tax on residents of the City of Toronto who own or lease a
   personal vehicle (passenger vehicle, light commercial vehicle registered for personal use only, motorcycle
   or moped).

6. Who collects PVT?
   The Province of Ontario collects the PVT on the City’s behalf when you pay for your licence plate
   validation renewal.

7. What if I don’t pay PVT when I renew?
   The Province will refuse your plate validation renewal request if your PVT is not paid, similar to the
   current requirements under the Province’s Drive Clean program.

8. When did the City start charging PVT?
   Council approved PVT starting September 1, 2008.

9. How much does PVT cost?
   Council approved the Personal Vehicle Tax at the following flat rates for each vehicle licence plate
   validation renewal:
        o $60 per personal vehicle per year (passenger vehicles and light commercial vehicles for personal
            use)
        o $30 per personal motorcycle per year (motorcycle and limited speed motorcycle) or moped

10. Who is required to pay PVT?
    All Toronto residents who own or lease a personal vehicle (passenger vehicle, light commercial
    vehicle registered for personal use only, motorcycle, or moped) will be responsible for paying their PVT
    when they renew their vehicle licence plate validation.

11. Who is not required to pay PVT?

    Commercial Vehicles – The PVT does not apply to vehicles registered to commercial or institutional
    owners.

    Historic Vehicles – Owners with vehicles classified as “Historic” under the Provincial permit validation
    system that have a designated licence plate will not be charged the PVT.

    Other Exempt Individuals and Entities – Other individuals and entities that are not charged the
    Provincial vehicle permit validation fee or are exempt under the City of Toronto Act, 2006 will not be
    charged the PVT.
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    Taxis – see Question 16

12. How often will I have to pay PVT?
    PVT will be charged at the time of licence plate renewal.

13. I lease a vehicle. Am I required to pay PVT?
    Yes, if the vehicle plate is registered to you, either jointly, or as an individual, you will be responsible for
    the PVT.

14. I just bought a car and am getting a new licence plate – am I required to pay PVT?
    No. The PVT is only charged when renewing your licence plate. PVT is not charged when purchasing
    new licence plates. However, if you also purchase an advance renewal of your vehicle permit validation at
    the same time as you purchase your new plate, then the renewal will trigger the appropriate PVT amount
    if your birthday falls on or before December 31, 2010

15. I just moved into the city and notified the Ministry of Transportation of my new address. Will I
    have to pay PVT for the period of time between when I moved to the city and when I have to renew
    my licence plate again?
    No. The PVT is only charged when you renew your licence plate validation as a Toronto resident.

16. 16. I am the owner of a taxicab licensed by the City of Toronto. The plate validation renewal date
    for the taxicab is September 6, 2010. Am I eligible for a refund? How do I get my refund, if eligible?
    Yes. City Council approved refunds of PVT paid in respect of individually owned taxicabs licensed by the
    City of Toronto will now be provided in the following amounts, issued upon verification of payment of the
    PVT:

    a) The full amount of PVT paid for a validation period commencing on or after September 1, 2010; or
    b) One-half of the full amount of PVT paid for a two-year validation if the second year of the validation
       commences on or after September 1, 2010.

    No application is required.




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