2020 Non-Residential Education Property TaxThe Government of Alberta is doing everything it can to support businesses through the COVID-19 pandemic. On March 23, 2020, the government announced property tax changes to assist businesses and keep the economy running.
The government is working with municipalities to defer property taxes to help your business remain solvent.
Your municipality has chosen to provide a combined municipal and education property tax deferral that is effectively equivalent to a six month education property tax deferral.
If you are able to pay your property taxes now, we encourage you to do so. Property owners are strongly encouraged to immediately pass on the benefits of any tax deferrals to their business tenants.
While deferred taxes are still due in 2020, we are also encouraging municipalities to implement flexible payment plans for non-residential property owners unable to pay fully in 2020.
For further information about your municipality’s specific approach, please contact your municipal administration using the contact information provided on the tax notice.
Property Tax Information
Download the 2020 Tax Rate Bylaw
Lamont County derives the majority of its revenue to operate on from property taxes. Property taxes are calculated based on a market value assessment that is established by an accredited Assessor. The market value assessment is multiplied by a tax rate established by bylaw.
Unless otherwise stated, taxes are due in full by June 30 of the same year. A late penalty charge of 10% will apply to current taxes outstanding after this date and if taxes are still outstanding on January 1, a further 10% penalty is applied to the balance.
Assessment Questions can be directed to our Assessors, Accurate Assessment Group Ltd. at 780-464-4655, www.aag-gis.com.
Property Tax Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where do my taxes go?
2. Why did my taxes increase?
3. Why do I pay for education taxes?
4. How can I appeal my assessment?
5. I am having difficulty paying. Can I make an arrangement?
6. When are tax penalties applied?
7. What forms of payment are there?
8. What is a property assessment?
9. What does the Municipal Government Act define as property?
10. What other forms of revenue does a municipality have?
Payment OptionsHere are some options that will eliminate having to wait in line on tax due dates:
I. TIPP - Tax Installment Payment PlanIn accordance with Bylaw 817.20 and TIPP Policy FIN-POL-101-00, Lamont County offers taxpayers the ability to pay their property taxes in monthly installments by pre-authorized withdrawals from their bank account, rather than in one single payment.
A. WHY SHOULD YOU USE IT?
- Easier budgeting because it breaks the annual tax payment into 12 monthly payments
- Convenient & reliable form of payment; no rushing to get to the office on due date
- No penalties on balances, provided payments are not missed
- Saves on cost of postage and travel
B. HOW DOES IT WORK?
- Payments start in January and are withdrawn from your bank account on the 15th of every month
- Each monthly payment for the first half of the year is equal to 1/12th of the tax levy from the previous year
- Then for the second half of the year your payment is re-calculated based on the current year’s tax levy, less the amount already paid
- Once you have signed up for the Payment Plan you are automatically enrolled each year
C. WHO CAN USE THE TIPP PROGRAM?
D. WHEN DO I APPLY?
Payments cannot begin part way through the year, as taxes are based on the calendar year.
E. HOW DO I APPLY?
F. WITHDRAWAL OR CANCELLATION?
II. Postdated ChequesYou can pay your taxes with a cheque postdated to the tax due date. This will allow County staff time to check your payment. Staff can notify you prior to the due date if there are any issues with your payment. The payment is not processed or deposited in the bank until the date of the cheque.
III. Payment drop boxThere is a payment drop box located on the wall to the right (west) of the Administration Building front door. Place your cheque in an envelope and drop it in the slot. Your payments will be processed promptly each morning (Monday to Friday). (NO CASH PLEASE!)
IV.Through Internet Banking or in Person at Most Financial InstitutesLamont County is now registered with most Chartered Banks and Financial Institutions. This enables residents to make online payments through their bank for property taxes and accounts receivable. Go to the Online Payments page for more information.
V. By Credit Card using the OptionPay SystemLamont County is now allowing payment with select credit cards through the OptionPay System. This can be done online or at the Administration Office at 5303 50th Avenue, Lamont. OptionPay uses a tiered fee schedule with a minimum fee of $2.00.
Declaration of School SupportBy provincial legislation, all individuals who own property located within a municipality where both a public school district and a Roman Catholic separate school district exist, are required to complete a Declaration of School Support form when a property is acquired. An individual may declare their support at any time.
The purpose of collecting this declaration is to apportion the percentage of the school tax collected on the property to the appropriate school district according to the declaration of faith.