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  Budget plans to make temporary farmers rebate permanent

The May 4, 1999 Ontario Budget announced that the temporary farmers' rebate for building materials (i.e. wood, nails, paint, etc.) would become permanent. The rebate applies to building materials purchased to build or modernize buildings or structures used exclusively for farm purposes. The rebate will not become effective until enacting legislation is passed. Accordingly, all claims for building materials purchased after March 31, 1999 will be held pending passage of the enacting legislation.

To claim a rebate the "General Application for Refund of Ontario Retail Sales Tax" form must be completed. Copies of the receipts for goods purchased by the farmer or a copy of the contract or invoice issued by the contractor must accompany the application. The Ministry of Finance's Retail Sales Tax Branch must receive the refund application within four years from the date the tax was paid.

Only commercial farmers may qualify for the exemptions or rebate. A commercial farmer is a person engaged in the business of farming. Hobby farmers do not qualify for the rebate or exemptions.



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