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Nov

14

UPDATE: BC Social Housing Property Tax Appeal

AEC is pleased to report that our team recently secured outright exemption on behalf of five of our clients’ social housing properties – meaning they no longer pay ANY property tax!

We also obtained sizable assessment reductions on hundreds of other social housing properties, resulting in significant long-term property tax savings for our clients.

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Sep

25

Municipal Affairs Announces Postponement of Proposed Industrial Minister’s Guideline Changes

Alberta Municipal Affairs recently announced that they will be postponing the finalization and implementation of the proposed Regulated Industrial Property Assessment (RIPA) Minister’s Guidelines for one year.

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Jun

08

Winnipeg 2017 Property Tax Assessments are out!

Do you know what to do?

If you own real estate in Winnipeg, you should have received information on your 2017 realty assessments in the mail, as it was sent out on June 2, 2017 to all property owners.

You, as the taxpayer, have until Monday, June 26, 2017 to file an appeal with the City. Meanwhile, payments for your property tax bills are due on or before Friday, June 30, 2017.

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Apr

27

Brazeau County Passes 2017 Tax Rates and Rebate Program

Brazeau County will maintain its municipal tax rate for 2017 property taxation through the use of reserve funds and grants.

Elected Reeve Bart Guyon says, “We’re proud to have no increases to taxes rates for a second year in a row. We’ve also been able to maintain the 30% reduction in residential taxes from 2015, and for the second year in a row, we’ve been able to offer our businesses a tax rebate to help them through these tough economic times. And we’ve done this despite reduced revenue from linear assessment.” 

The municipal portion of the tax rates remain as follows:

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Apr

25

MD of Greenview Maintains Industrial Tax Rate Reduction in 2017

Alberta's Municipal District of Greenview will maintain their mill rate for industrial ratepayers year-over-year. This means that, like last year, council elected to preserve a 7% industrial tax rate reduction, which was originally applied to 2016 property taxation in response to the lower commodity environment.

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Apr

11

Calgary's 2017 Tax Rates Finalized

The CIty of Calgary has finalized 2017 tax rates and, as expected, rates continue to climb. This year's combined overall tax rate for non-residential property is 0.0177445, up from the 2016 rate of 0.0159346. This works out to an approximate 11.4% increase year-over-year. 

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Apr

07

BC's 2nd Level of Appeal Deadline: May 1, 2017

Unhappy with your current assessment appeal outcome? If so, all is not lost! In British Columbia, there is a 2nd level appeal deadline on Monday, May 1, 2017. If you appealed to the 1st level Property Assessment Review Panel (“PARP”) and are unsatisfied with their decision, please contact us immediately.

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Aug

22

Alberta Energy: Struggling Companies Seek Tax Relief from Municipalities

As Alberta’s energy industry continues to struggle amid low oil prices, oil and gas companies are exploring alternative ways to remain competitive, and as a recent article on Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. indicates, it’s not just junior producers who are seeking relief.

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Jul

15

Saskatchewan Revaluation: Significant Increases Expected in 2017

Provincial legislation in Saskatchewan mandates that the assessed values, on which school and municipal property taxes are levied, be updated every four years. The process was last undertaken in 2013, based on 2011 values. Accordingly, the next revaluation will take place in 2017, utilizing 2015 as the base year. 

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Jun

21

2017 Calgary Advance Consultation Letters Have Been Mailed

Similar to last year, The City of Calgary Assessment Business Unit has mailed their Advance Consultation Period (“ACP”) letters well in advance of the 2017 taxation year. Letters inviting all Business and Non-Residential property owners to participate in ACP were mailed on June 20, 2016 and should arrive shortly, if they have not already been received.

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Jun

21

Alberta's Modernized Municipal Government Act: What You Need to Know

On May 31, 2016, the Modernized Municipal Government Act – Bill 21 (“Bill 21”) was tabled at the Alberta Legislature and subsequently passed its first reading. A culmination of nearly four years of review and consultations with municipalities, businesses, citizens and varying industry and association representatives, Bill 21 aims to provide Albertans with an updated and more relevant Municipal Government Act (“MGA”).

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May

27

British Columbia 2016 Tax Rates Finalized

The following is a list of 2016 property tax rates for most of the major markets in BC, which include the 2016 tax rates for Class 6 (Business/Other), Class 1 (Residential) & Class 5 (Light Industrial).

The table also includes a Class 6 vs. Class 1 comparison, highlighting the difference in 6 vs.1 rates for each jurisdiction.  Sorted from the lowest discrepancy, this year’s winner is Prince George with a rate variation of 2.08 times, while 2016’s “worst offender” is Coquitlam with a commercial tax rate 4.45 times higher than their residential rate.

 

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