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Tax Pulse- Western Update

by DMA Staff | Jan 31, 2017
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Appeal Deadlines

You may be aware that we work with many deadlines, and they are fast approaching. Listed below are the Western Canadian cities and area appeal deadlines for 2017. Please be sure to send us a copy of your notices so that we can review them and file appeals if warranted:

 British Columbia  January 31 
 Calgary  March 6
 Lethbridge
 March 6
 Regina
 March 6
 Strathcona County
 March 6
 Saskatoon
 March 10
 Edmonton
 March 13


Many other rural municipalities will be releasing their assessments in the coming days and weeks. Alberta has a 60-day review period to file appeals and for 2017, Saskatchewan does as well. 

This is due to the current revaluation that is taking place in Saskatchewan.

2017-2020 is the appeal cycle that is currently being released in Saskatchewan.  The base date for valuation has changed from January 1, 2011, to January 1, 2015, for the current cycle. This year is important to review to ensure accuracy for the coming years.

Alberta MGA Update

Changes to the Alberta Municipal Government Act passed through legislature in late 2016. These changes will take effect for the 2018 tax year in most cases. The changes include a move to centralized assessment for industrial properties, the application of sub-classes to residential and non-residential assessment classifications, and links between the highest and lowest allowable tax rates of 5:1 in any municipality.  The details behind these and many other changes is still being reviewed. We expect to see updated Regulations in March 2017 that will provide further insight into how changes to the assessment system will be implemented.

Changes to the Alberta Municipal Government Act passed through legislature in late 2016. These changes will take effect for the 2018 tax year in most cases. The changes include a move to centralized assessment for industrial properties, the application of sub-classes to residential and non-residential assessment classifications, and links between the highest and lowest allowable tax rates of 5:1 in any municipality. The details behind these and many other changes is still being reviewed. We expect to see updated Regulations in March 2017 that will provide further insight into how changes to the assessment system will be implemented.

Need more information? DMA Canada’s expert property tax team is ready to help! Contact Jon dEasum for more information:

Jon dEasum
Sr. Director, Property Tax
(800) 309-2110 ext. 2711
Email:
jdeasum@dmainc.com