Payment plans and options

Your property taxes are due on June 30, 2021. A penalty of 5.5% will be added to any unpaid balance by 4:30 p.m. on June 30, 2021.  If you are enrolled in the Tax Instalment Payment Plan, no additional payment is required.

There are several options to pay your property tax

  • Tax Instalment Payment Plan
  • Telebanking / internet banking
  • In person at City Hall with cash, Interac, or cheque
  • At chartered banks, trust companies, treasury branches, and Credit Union offices
  • By credit card through PaySimply (2.5% convenience fee charged by PaySimply to cover payment handling and processing charges)
  • By cheque:
    • Mail to the City of Medicine Hat, 580 1 Street S.E., Medicine Hat, AB T1A 8E6
    • Drop at the night depository box located at the west entrance of City Hall
    • Post-dated cheques are accepted
    • All cheques are to be made payable to City of Medicine Hat.

Please allow five business days for processing if paying at a financial institution or by mail.

Tax penalty rates for late payment

The 2021 tax penalty will be applied on the first business day of the month based on the minimum balance on the account during the previous month. 

Penalties are not compounded, and the amount of the penalty is calculated by multiplying the rate, by the amount of the unpaid taxes.

The annual penalty rate is 9.5%.

2021 tax penalty rates after tax notice deadline

July: 5.5%

August to December0.8%

2021 tax penalty rates for taxes remaining unpaid after December 31

January to November: 0.8%

December: 0.7%

Tax arrears payment plan

TAPP is an optional monthly plan which allows taxpayers to make consecutive monthly payments for current taxes and taxes in arrears over a term not exceeding 24 months.  

Tax arrears payment plan

Tax instalment payment plan 

The Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) allows taxpayers to pay their property taxes in monthly instalments by pre-authorized transfer of funds from their bank account, rather than one single tax payment.

Tax instalment payment plan

Tax discount and interest rates for early payment

The 2021 tax discounts and tax interest will be applied on the first business day of each month based on the minimum balance in the account during the previous month.

The annual tax discount and interest rate is 0.50%.

2021 discount / interest rates

February to May: 0.05% per month

June to July: 0% per month

August to January: 0.05% per month

The rates for February to May are a discount rate, which is not taxable by Revenue Canada.

Payments and discounts will appear as a credit on the 2021 Tax Statement when issued.

Payments may be made in any amount not exceeding the amount of the 2020 Tax Levy.

To ensure payments are applied to the correct accounts, please specify your address and tax account number.

Seniors property tax deferral program

The Seniors Property Tax Deferral program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.

With this voluntary program, the Government of Alberta will pay the property taxes to the municipality on behalf of the senior, and then the senior will repay the loan, with interest, when they sell their home (or sooner if they choose).

The program will help support senior homeowners to:

  • remain in their homes as independent/active/contributing members of their communities
  • keep up to the rising cost of property taxes
  • use the equity in their homes to their advantage, as they are typically on a fixed income
  • continue to contribute to the entire property tax bill – both municipal and provincial education portions.

Senior homeowners wishing to take part in the program can apply online with the Province of Alberta. 

Seniors property tax deferral

Forms are also available at City Hall.