Taxation/Assessment Extensions due to COVID-19
The Alberta Government has announced several deadline extensions for assessment timelines due to COVID-19.
In response to these extensions, Kneehill County will delay mailing out Tax/Assessment Notices until June 15, 2020.
Tax payments are still due on October 31, 2020.
Combined Tax and Assessment Notice
- Your Property Tax Bill covers the period from January 1 to December 31 annually
- A combined Tax and Assessment notice is mailed in May with a due date of October 31st.
Tax Penalty Bylaw
- Property tax levies are composed of Municipal (Kneehill County) taxes, School taxes (Alberta School Foundation and "separate schools" in some areas), and specific requisitions if required.
- School taxes (ASFF) are set by the provincial government.
Municipal Property Tax
This is the rate set by Kneehill County Council to raise revenue to attain a balanced budget, as per the Municipal Government Act. The mill rate is multiplied by your market value assessment to produce the invoice.
Education Property Tax
Every year the province calculates, based on assessment value, the amount each municipality must contribute towards the public education system. Municipalities collect the education property tax from ratepayers and then forward it to the province for deposit into the ASFF.
Contact the Province: Toll-free by dialing 310-0000 and then 422-7125, or (780) 422-7125 regarding the education property tax. Education funding information.
Declaring School Support
You can declare your school support by filling out a School Support Notice Form. You may amend your school support for any year of assessment.
This only affects residents in the following areas:
- SE 3 and Sections 11-15, 20-28, 34 & 35 in Township 28, Range 20
- Sections 11 and 13 to 34 in Township 29, Range 21
- N1/2 of 13 & 14, N1/2 & SE 15, All of Sections 22-26, 35 & 36 in Township 29, Range, 22
- Sections 1 & 2 in Township 30, Range 22
- Sections 13-16, 21-28 and 33-36 in Township 28, Range 23
Paying Your Taxes
Your Property Tax Bill covers the period from January 1 to December 31 annually. A combined Tax and Assessment notice is mailed in May with a due date of October 31st. A 2% penalty is added to any unpaid balance after October 31st and on the 1st of each month thereafter until paid in full.
Taxes can be paid at the County office by TIPPS, cash, cheque or debit; or at your financial institution, online or by telephone banking. Choose Kneehill County Taxes as the payee. We do not accept credit cards for tax payments. More information available on our Payments page
It is important to note the following:
- Failure to receive or loss of the Property Tax Notice cannot be accepted as a reason for non-payment or exemption of a late penalty.
- When paying your Tax Bill through online banking, please allow adequate processing time before the due date as noted by your financial institution. (Typically 3-5 business days).
- Payments submitted by mail must be CLEARLY POST-MARKED on or before the due date.
- All charges on a tax account are the responsibility of the registered owner of the property. When you purchase a property, adjustments for taxes are made between the vendor and purchaser.
Paying Your Taxes by TIPP
- TIPP (Tax Installment Payment Plan) is a plan by which taxpayers make consecutive monthly payments for taxes. (Payments may only be made by automatic withdrawal from a bank account.)
- The TIPP program starts in January and runs through December for the current tax year. A person can join the plan at any time, provided that they pay their tax payments from January 1st to include the month in which they join. (All previous levies must be paid in full to begin on the TIPP program.)
- Payments are withdrawn from your account by direct debit at the end of every month.
- Property tax accounts on TIPPs and in good standing are exempt from penalty.
- If you sell your property and are registered as a TIPP client, you will need to call the office to cancel the payments before the 20th of the month.