Covid 19

Burlington Property Tax Relief Plan

The following property tax relief plan is implemented to give Burlington property taxpayers and their residential and commercial tenants more time to respond to the COVID-19 crisis without cost.  With that said, all Burlington taxpayers who are able to do so are expected to pay their June 12, 2020 property and business personal property taxes on time. The application period for property tax relief has ended. 

Applications must be received by the Resource and Recovery Center no later than June 12, 2020, to be considered

A taxpayer may apply for a waiver of penalties and interest on the June 12, 2020 tax payment if the taxpayer meets one of the criteria set by the Resource and Recovery Center, with the approval of the Mayor, which shall include, but not be limited to the following:

  • The taxpayer has become unemployed since March 1, 2020, because of the COVID-19 situation; or 

  • The taxpayer's income is 80% or less of the Area Median Income (AMI); or

  • The taxpayer is the owner or operator of a business and can demonstrate significant financial impact from COVID-19 (e.g., a 30% loss or more in gross revenue since March 1 from pre-pandemic levels). 

Click here to apply for Property Tax Relief.

In addition, to be eligible to receive this tax relief, if the taxpayer has tenants on their property, the taxpayer must sign a statement “under the pains and penalties of perjury” in which the taxpayer agrees to the following: 

  • Not to charge penalties or interest on late rent or evict a tenant because of non-payment before all property taxes are paid up to date; 

  • To inform tenants, in writing, of the new status and their inability to charge penalties or interest as well as to evict tenants because of non-payment; 

  • To be listed on a publicly available database so that tenants can view which properties have received property tax relief, and

  • To acknowledge that the City will post this information on the City website

The waiver shall be effective from June 12, 2020, to August 12, 2020, at which time both the June 12 and August 12 tax installments must be paid or penalties will start to accrue (unless the Council acts with adequate effective notice prior to August 12 to specifically extend this waiver of penalties and interest beyond that date).  

 Any taxpayer who is facing severe economic hardship because of the COVID-19 pandemic who does not meet one of the criteria in paragraph 2 above, should make a request to the Resource and Recovery Center explaining their circumstances, and the request will be addressed on a case-by-case basis.