If you have incurred a late payment penalty and qualify for reimbursement, you are still responsible for ensuring your outstanding property taxes are paid in full. The Government of Alberta will not reimburse additional late penalties incurred for non-payment.
Municipalities send out property assessment and municipal tax notices annually to registered property owners. Due to ongoing delays with Land Titles document registration processing times, recent ownership and mailing address changes may not be reflected on municipal property tax notices. Albertans who recently purchased a property may not have received a tax notice from their municipality.
If you recently purchased a property, did not receive a tax notification from your municipality, and paid a late payment penalty due to non-payment, you may be eligible for reimbursement of your late payment penalty from the Government of Alberta.
You can submit a request for reimbursement of your late payment penalty if you meet all of the following criteria:
- you have purchased a property within 3 months of your municipal tax deadline
- you or your legal advisor have submitted the required land title registration documents to the Land Titles Office
- you did not receive a property tax bill from your municipality prior to the date your taxes were due
- you paid a late payment penalty to your municipality
In recognition that municipalities have the ability to set their own tax payment dates and notification procedures, the deadline to apply has been clarified:
- Effective December 15, 2022, the deadline to apply for reimbursement is 3 months after the date the notice of penalty for late payment was issued.
- If you received your notification earlier than December 15, 2022 and have not yet applied for the program, you must apply no later than March 15, 2023.
How to apply
If you think you are eligible for reimbursement of your late payment penalty, email [email protected] and provide the following documentation:
- property owner name(s) and municipal address
- owner's mailing address (if different from above)
- legal land location (if known)
- urban (lot, block, plan number) or
- rural (quarter, section, range, meridian)
- date of property purchase
- document registration request (DRR) number, if known (provided when you or your legal advisor submitted title transfer documents to the Land Titles Office)
- proof of payment of your property taxes and late penalty, through an itemized statement of account from your municipality
The personal information collected through the property tax late penalty reimbursement program is for determining whether a land title transfer has been delayed and subsequent eligibility for property tax penalty reimbursement. This collection is authorized by section 33(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. For questions about the collection of personal information, contact the Executive Director, Business and Vital Event Registries by email at [email protected], by phone at 780-427-2711, or by mail to Business and Vital Event Registries, 3rd floor John E. Brownlee Building, 10365 97 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3W7.
Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
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