Tax FAQ

How do they arrive at my assessment?

Farm Parcels with Residences

Anywhere there is a residence a 3 acres site is applied to the assessment at market land values and the balance of the land is assessed at farmland rates. Rural Assessment Policy is if you have sufficient land assessment you can receive exemption off on your 1st residence up to $61540 assessment dollars and 2nd residence $30,770 assessment dollars.

Market Land/Commercial Land

If the parcel of land is less than one (1) acre then all the land is assessed at Market Land Values that are established by the sales that have transpired in that area for the year.

Tax Deadline

Is the last working day in October at 4:30 p.m. To avoid the November 1st penalty your tax payment must be postmarked by the post office with the last working day in October, which does provide for other possibilities than October 31 depending on where the weekend falls. For example:

  • 2010 Tax Deadline is Friday, Oct. 29th, 2010.
  • 2011 Tax Deadline is Monday, Oct 31, 2011.
  • 2012 Tax Deadline is Wednesday, Oct 31, 2012.
  • 2013 Tax Deadline is Thursday, Oct 31, 2013.

What options are available to pay my taxes?

Please see "How can I pay my taxes?"

I have recently purchased my property; Who pays the taxes?

Check your agreement of sale document. The lawyers usually make adjustment for the taxes in the sale agreement and this document should indicate who is responsible for the taxes.

Education Property Tax

Does everyone pay education property taxes?

All residential, farmland, and non-residential property owners pay education property taxes. People who rent or lease property may also pay property taxes indirectly through their monthly rent or lease payments.  As the education system benefits all Albertans, people without children in school also pay education property taxes. 

Education Property Tax Rebate Program for Seniors

Alberta Seniors and Community Support are continuing to provide an annual rebate to assist senior homeowners with any year-to-year increases in the education portion of their property taxes.

The Government of Alberta also provides financial assistance to low-income seniors through the Alberta Seniors Benefit.  The Alberta Seniors Benefit provides monthly cash benefits, which can help seniors with their property taxes or other expenses.  It provides support in addition to the federal benefits received including Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement. 

Seniors remain responsible for paying the full amount of the education property taxes by the due date indicated on the municipality's property tax notice. 

Senior homeowners are eligible for a rebate to cover any increase over the education property tax paid on their residence since 2004 or beginning in the year after the citizen reaches the age of 65.

Contact the Government of Alberta Education Property Tax Line toll- free by dialling 310-0000 and then (780) 422-7125 regarding the education property tax.

Alberta Seniors Information

Toll Free: 1-800-642-3853
http://www.seniors.gov.ab.ca

For further information on Education Tax please contact:
http://www.education.gov.ab.ca/funding 

 

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