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City opens non-profit tax exemptions for 2021

Non-profits looking for a property tax exemption have until September 30th to get their applications in, the City says.

Exemptions are offered on three-year cycles, after which a new application needs to be put in. A non-profit approved in 2020 will not need to put in another right yet. To be qualified, a non-profit in Lloydminster must meet certain requirements set out by the Lloydminster Charter and the Community Organizations Property Tax Exemption Regulation.

These include that the property must be owned or leased by the non-profit, meet specified accessibility and time-of-use requirements, be unrestricted more than 70 per cent of the time and not be exclusive by way of race, culture, ethnic origin, religious belief, property ownership, unreasonable fees or other membership requirements.

Funds of the organization must be used for their established purpose, not for the benefit of the organization’s directors or employees, and the property should be used for a charitable and benevolent purpose that benefits the public for at least 60 per cent of the time the property is in use, the City outlines. The property given the exemption also cannot be used for operating a sports franchise.

If one of these groups buys a property after that September 30th deadline, they’ll still be able to put in an application, and Council can decide to give them an exemption for the rest of the year, at their discretion.

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People can find the needed links to apply, or the City’s mailing address, on their website. 

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