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Frequently Asked Questions

Q What is the actual tax year?
Q: When are the tax notices mailed?
Q: When are taxes due?
Q: Can I make monthly payments for my taxes?
Q: Why am I being charged a penalty when I didn’t receive my tax notice?
Q: I have owned the property for only a few months, why am I being billed for the full year?
Q Is there a discount for Seniors?

 

Q What is the actual tax year?
A: Your annual tax notice covers the period from January 1 to December 31 .

Q: When are the tax notices mailed?
A: The annual tax notices will be mailed July 24, 2020.

Q: When are taxes due?
A: Due to COVID-19 taxes are deferred from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.  Supplementary tax notices are due within 30 days of our mailing date.

Q: How much will my tax notice be?
A: You can find out how much your 2020 property taxes will be by using the Tax Estimator. The tax estimator requires your property assessment value from your 2020 Assessment Notice, or you can obtain your assessment value for free on eServices.                              

Q: Can I make monthly payments for my taxes?
A: Yes. The City of Medicine Hat offers a Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) by which you pay your taxes in monthly instalments by pre-authorized transfer of funds from your bank account, rather than one single payment.  Customers will have to pay the past months of taxes plus a 2% late filing fee.  You can apply for TIPP up to September 30 for the current year's taxes.

Q: Why am I being charged a penalty when I didn’t receive my tax notice?
A: Tax Notices are sent to the mailing address recorded at the Alberta Land Titles Office and it is the property owner’s responsibility to keep the Land Titles record accurate. Under the Municipal Government Act, once mailed, the tax notice is considered to have been received within seven days. In June of each year, the City of Medicine Hat advertises on radio and in the newspaper, reminding property owners that taxes are due. It is the responsibility of the property owner to ensure taxes are paid by the due date. Taxes are due June 30 of each year.  Due to COVID-19 taxes are deferred from June 30, 2020 to September 30, 2020.

Q: I have owned the property for only a few months, why am I being billed for the full year?
A: All charges on a tax account become the responsibility of the registered owner of the property. When you purchase a property, adjustments for taxes are made between the vendor and the purchaser.

Q Is there a discount for Seniors?
A: There is no discount on taxes for seniors. However, the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors has been established by the Government of Alberta. For more information, please see www.seniors.gov.ab.ca. The provincial government also has the Alberta Seniors Benefit Program, which is a monthly income subsidy available to seniors based on income.