Real Property Tax Forgiveness Programme 2021: Overview

Published date20 March 2021
Subject MatterReal Estate and Construction, Tax, Real Estate, Property Taxes
Law FirmLennox Paton
AuthorMs Nateisha L. Anderson-Bain

On 1 March 2021 Prime Minister Dr Hubert Minnis announced a Real Property Tax (RPT) Forgiveness Programme which will provide waivers to Bahamian and non-Bahamian property owners in The Bahamas who are in arrears. The programme is aimed at collecting outstanding property taxes in order to bring persons into compliance and to increase the government's revenue. The prime minister noted that this programme will assist in easing the financial burden on property owners which has been exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the consequential economic downturn.

The RPT Forgiveness Programme came into effect on 1 March 2021 and will expire on 31 May 2021. This article provides an overview of the programme.

For non-Bahamians

Non-Bahamians are eligible to receive a 100% waiver on the surcharges if the account is paid in full by 31 May 2021.

For Bahamians

For Bahamians, there are two options.

Option A
Under Option A, the government will waive 50% of the total amount of property taxes in arrears for more than 180 days and surcharges where full payment is made on or before 31 May 2021. The account must be brought to a zero balance.

Option B
Under Option B, Bahamian property owners can enter into a payment plan with the government. Of the outstanding property taxes, 25% must be paid on or before 31 May 2021 and the government will waive 100% of the surcharges that have remained unpaid for more than 180 days. The property owner will have up to 36 months to pay the balance. The account must be kept current to avoid the contract being made null and void.


To take advantage of the RPT Forgiveness Programme, property owners must:

  • confirm the outstanding RPT amount with the Department of Inland Revenue by calling the office or emailing;
  • Select a payment option (Option A or Option B, as mentioned above) and pay the amount as calculated...

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