Tax Instalment Payment Plans

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.

TIPP Application Bank Account Change

Why should you use TIPP?

TIPP breaks the annual tax payment into monthly payments to make budgeting easier. Payments are automatic, convenient and reliable, ensuring that your tax bill is paid even if you are on vacation, out of town on business, or unwell. TIPP is not subject to discount or penalties as long as monthly payments are made.

Who can use TIPP?

All taxpayers are eligible, assuming all previous year's taxes are paid in full.

How does TIPP work?

Payments start January 1 in each year and are made on the first day of every month. Monthly payments for January to June shall be equal to 1/12 of the annual tax levy from the previous year (estimate is used as current year tax bill is not complete).

Monthly payments for July to December shall be equal to 1/6 of the outstanding balance for the current year as of June 30 (payments will adjust up or down depending on new tax bill for current year).

Once you are on TIPP you will be automatically renewed on the plan each year.

Who can apply?

You can apply for TIPP up to June 30 for the current year's taxes. If your application is received after January 1 of the current year, you will be required to make an initial payment equal to the total of the missed instalments of the current year, plus a one-time late filing fee of two percent of the initial payment.

How do you apply?

To apply for TIPP, complete and sign the TIPP Application form, attach a void cheque, and return to the Customer Service Department.

TIPP Application

Withdrawal or cancellation

You may withdraw from TIPP by giving written notice at least two weeks before the next payment date. If any monthly payments are missed the City of Medicine Hat has the option to cancel the TIPP agreement.

If you withdraw, or the City cancels your TIPP agreement, all unpaid taxes become due and payable, and are subject to penalties in accordance with the Tax Penalties Bylaw.

Any payments that are dishonoured by the bank are subject to a service charge in accordance with the Dishonoured Cheque Bylaw.