Response to COVID-19: Property Tax Deferral and Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Customers

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**** HRM  Media Release

Response to COVID-19: Property Tax Deferral and Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) Customers

The Halifax Regional Municipality continues to monitor and respond to the rapidly evolving effects of COVID-19.

On April 15, a number of important changes were made to taxation to provide immediate relief to both residential and business customers.

As a reminder, if you pay your taxes by Pre-Authorized Payments (PAP) on a regular schedule (like bi-weekly or monthly) your payment due date(s) have not been changed and payments will continue to be withdrawn as originally scheduled.

If you are experiencing financial hardship and would like to delay your regularly scheduled PAPs occurring between now and June 1, you will need to contact the municipality by calling 311, or by emailing

If you pay the municipality in a lump sum only on due dates via PAP (i.e. April 30 and October 31), your April 30 payment has been automatically updated to June 1.

It is critical that those who can pay their taxes continue to do so in a timely fashion. Tax revenue makes up 82% of the municipality’s revenue. Operating expenses total approximately $100 million per month and, while the municipality is financially sound, a significant amount of cashflow is required to provide services, pay vendors and suppliers and continue with capital projects that support the economy.

For more information on the tax deferral process, visit the website.

For more information on municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic, visit

Thank you for helping with the community effort to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

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