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Blame your birthday for paying more in car tax

Speaker Frances Nunziata wished taxpayers a “Merry Christmas” when Toronto city council repealed the vehicle registration tax last week.

Speaker Frances Nunziata wished taxpayers a “Merry Christmas” when Toronto city council repealed the vehicle registration tax last week.

But for car owners with near-Christmas (or autumn) birthdays, her words ring slightly hollow.

Carmen Lee, who was born in October, said there should be a rebate for people whose birthdays are between September and January. “It’s annoying,” Lee said while renewing her vehicle registration at the Eaton Centre. “$60 here and $15 there, it does add up.”

Council voted 39-6 to kill the $60 Personal Vehicle Tax as of Jan. 1, 2011. Council began collecting the annual fee Sept. 1, 2008. As Torontonians renewed their vehicle registration — which most people do on their birthdays — they were dinged with the extra charge.

People with birthdays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 31 will now end up paying the tax three times, while those born from Jan. 1 to Aug. 31 will only have paid twice.

Lee said she would have liked to get a rebate on her tax this year and put the extra $60 toward her Christmas shopping.

But Deputy Mayor Doug Holyday said, “The option was Jan. 1 or hold out until next September and we felt the sooner the better. I think the whole tax was a mistake.”

 
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