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When can I expect my property Assessment & Tax Notice?
How do I make payments online?
Why are my taxes so high? Who can I talk to about them?
Why did I receive a tax notice? I make monthly payments or my mortgage company pays my taxes.
How can I change the mailing address?
When are property taxes due?
What is the tax instalment plan? How does it work? And who can qualify?
School Support Declaration - Why do you have to fill them out?
Can tax payments be made only in June?
What is a legal description of a property?
When are tax penalties applied?
Why can't I get the name of who owns a property?
How do I appeal my taxes?
How much of my tax dollars go to snow removal?
How do I get the seniors benefit on property tax?
Why do I have to pay taxes for the part of the year that I didn't own the property?
Why do I pay school tax, I don't have any kids in school?
What forms of payment are accepted for my taxes?
Do I receive a discount if I pay my taxes early?
What is a business revitalization zone (BRZ)?
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Q: When can I expect my property Assessment & Tax Notice?
A:

Assessment Notices are typically mailed out the first week of March every year.  Tax Notices are typically mailed in late May every year.

Q: How do I make payments online?
A:

To make payments through online banking you need to go through your financial institution.
The account number you reference is your six digit Tax Roll Number.

Below is a listing of the Payee names for the local banks:

BANK

Payee

Servus Credit Union

Grande Prairie (City) Taxes

Royal Bank (RBC)

Grande Prairie (City) - Taxes

CIBC

Grande Prairie (City) Tax

Bank of Montreal (BMO)

City of Grande Prairie (City of) Taxes

Scotia Bank

Grande Prairie (City) Taxes

Canadian Western Bank

Grande Prairie Taxes

ATB Financial

City of Grande Prairie Taxes

 TD Grande Prairie (City of) Taxes 

*If your financial institution is not on this list, please contact them directly to get their payee name
Q: Why are my taxes so high? Who can I talk to about them?
A:

Each year City Council approves the City’s budget. Then the Tax Department levies according to the Bylaws that are passed.

Tax enquiries are handled by the Tax Department. If we are unable to answer your questions we will assist in finding the appropriate person.

For more information you can download the 2016 Information for Tax Payers (PDF 1.75 MB)

Q: Why did I receive a tax notice? I make monthly payments or my mortgage company pays my taxes.
A:
Each registered property owner is sent a copy of the tax notice regardless of how the taxes are being paid.



Q: How can I change the mailing address?
A:

Contact the Taxation Department at 780-538-0315

Q: When are property taxes due?
A:

Taxes are due on the last business day of June each year.

Q: What is the tax instalment plan? How does it work? And who can qualify?
A:

For more information please click here.

 

Q: School Support Declaration - Why do you have to fill them out?
A:

A school support declaration gives you the opportunity to declare which school system (separate or public) you would like your tax dollars to support.

Download the School Support Declaration Form for Individuals and view submission details.

Download the School Support Declaration Form for a Company and view submission details.

Q: Can tax payments be made only in June?
A:
No. Tax payments can be made at anytime during the year.
Q: What is a legal description of a property?
A:
The legal description of a property is the Lot, Block, and Plan number (e.g. Plan 952 2345, Block 2, Lot 15).
Q: When are tax penalties applied?
A:

Penalties will be applied to unpaid taxes in the current year and prior years.

Penalty rates and schedules are as follows:

  • Current year tax levy - July 1 (6%) and September 1 (6%)
  • Previous years tax levy and penalties- January 1 (6%), May 1 (6%) and September 1 (6%)

 

Q: Why can't I get the name of who owns a property?
A:
The City of Grande Prairie is given the names of property owners for tax billing purposes only. We cannot give out ownership information to the general public. People wanting to find out who owns a property can go to one of the registry offices in town and request a copy of the title.
Q: How do I appeal my taxes?
A:
Taxes cannot be appealed. Property owners can appeal their assessed value. If you would like more details on filing an assessment complaint please visit Alberta Municipal Affairs for details.
Q: How much of my tax dollars go to snow removal?
A:
Approximately 17% of the total tax dollars goes to the Public Works Department. This gets further divided amongst the various projects that the Public Works Department has scheduled.
Q: How do I get the seniors benefit on property tax?
A:
To receive the Seniors’ Benefit on property tax you need to contact Alberta Seniors and Community Supports
Their toll-free number is 1-800-642-3853.
Q: Why do I have to pay taxes for the part of the year that I didn't own the property?
A:
When a property is purchased the lawyers office will handle the adjustment for the property taxes. In the first half of the tax year, the lawyers will typically issue a credit to the purchaser for the taxes for the portion of the year that they have not owned the home. By the lawyers issuing this credit it makes the purchaser responsible to pay the City of Grande Prairie for the full years taxes. The credit issued is typically taken off of the fees paid to the lawyer for their services.
Q: Why do I pay school tax, I don't have any kids in school?
A:
School Tax is based on property, not who owns the property. All taxable properties including residential and commercial are required to pay school tax.
Q: What forms of payment are accepted for my taxes?
A:

Taxes can be paid by the following methods:

  • Cash
  • Cheque / Money Order / Bank Draft
  • Debit / Interac
  • Online / Telephone Banking

Taxes cannot be paid by credit cards.

Q: Do I receive a discount if I pay my taxes early?
A:
Yes, a discount is available if your account balance is up to date and you prepay your taxes in the months of January, February or March. Contact the Taxation Department at (780) 538-0315 for more information.
Q: What is a business revitalization zone (BRZ)?
A:
A Business Revitalization Zone (BRZ) is a program by which businesses in a specific area can raise and administer funds to improve and promote their businesses. Currently in Grande Prairie there is one BRZ and it is operated by the Downtown Association. The City of Grande Prairie collects tax dollars on their behalf. For more information on the Grande Prairie BRZ contact the Downtown Association at (780) 538-1909 or visit www.gpdowntown.com.
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