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Market Value Assessment in Ontario...really ?

In today’s real estate environment and in particular in the Greater Toronto Area, there are very strong levels of buying activity and in particular, when one uses the existing realty assessments as the benchmark for measuring strength.

What do we mean by this and why should I take notice ?

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AEC Response to Calgary Councillor Gian-Carlo Carra on the Issue of Taxes

AEC Senior Consultant, John Smiley, has written a response to address specific tax issues that Calgary Ward 9 Alderman incumbent Gian-Carlo Carra has brought up in his campaign for re-election. As a participant in the assessment appeal "mini-industry" of which Mr. Carra speaks, John and AEC believe that we can offer another point of view for consideration, as John writes below.

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AEC Win: Molson Toronto Brewery

Great result for our long-time client, Molson -- the resolution of 10 years of taxation with estimated savings in excess of $3,000,000 for our client!

The AEC Industrial Team concluded another highly successful appeal, resulting in significant savings that exceeded our client's expectations. Rather than go straight to hearing, these appeals were scheduled into ADR (Alternate Dispute Resolution) with a Vice Chair of the Assessment Review Board presiding.

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AEC Win: Edmonton East (Capilano) Shopping Centres

Congratulations on a fantastic win for Edmonton East (Capilano) Shopping Centre, and more importantly for the taxpayers of Alberta! It sets a great precedent by now limiting the right of the assessor to increase assessments that are within the context of an active complaint. Details can be downloaded .

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Fraser Institute Report: "The Compliance & Administrative Costs of Taxation in Canada 2013"

Last week, the released a report on "The Compliance and Administrative Costs of Taxation in Canada 2013".

While the direct and explicit costs of taxes simply being the economic costs of the tax itself, there is a different cost to tax that maybe factor into the total effect of a tax on both taxpayers and taxcollectors, as summarized below:

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2012: A Banner Year for AEC’s Energy Practice

After all the numbers were crunched, AEC's Calgary-based Assessment & Tax Management (ATM) team proved that 2012 was a productive year. It was one marked by increased efficiency and unprecedented delivery of our Energy clients' requirements. The final 2012 tax payment approval reports have been tallied; they have processed more than $165M in taxes for our Energy clients – in more than 450 jurisdictions in Western Canada and the Northern US!

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BC Assessment Commercial Property Values – Average Percent Change by City

If you own or occupy commercial property in British Columbia, it is of immense interest to you what percent changes can be seen across various cities in British Columbia. This provides you a starting point for comparing your recent assessments. We have summarized the averages for various cities below, as reported by the BC Assessment Authority. If you have a question...

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Calgary Property Owners: ACP Update

AEC actively participated in the City of Calgary's Advance Consultation Period (ACP). It has provided us with an excellent opportunity to engage in the assessment process and to review the details of our clients' properties and businesses prior to the 2013 Assessment Rolls being finalized.

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7 Things to Know about MPAC's Non-Residential Property Re-assessments

MPAC is in the final stages of preparing the 2012 CVA Assessment Notices to be mailed to property owners. You may have already received your notice for your home, while the industrial and commercial sectors are the next group to receive their notices.

AEC has been able to ascertain 7 facts about the updated values and re-assessment processes, which may help you as a taxpayer:

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Ontario Properties Receiving Re-assessment Notices to Determine Taxation for 2013 to 2016

Property Taxes represent the single largest controllable expense impacting commercial and industrial properties in Canada. In Ontario, the province-wide property tax reassessment occurring in 2012 for the taxation years 2013 to 2016 will affect all non-residential properties. has started mailing out over 5,000,000 property assessments notices (September 13 to November 16).

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AEC set to take on Ottawa!

No, it is not what you think! AEC is proud to announce that we are opening an Ottawa office to support the growing needs of our clients in the nation's capital.

With the recent addition of key team members, Gordon Jones, Monika Cholewa and Brian Merkel, we are thrilled with our expanded capability to meet the needs of our clients and respond to new challenges arising from the 2013-2016 re-assessment.

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Brock Ryan and Steven Rickard to Speak at Calgary Hotel Association's November Luncheon

, Director of Income and Complex Properties, and Steven Rickard, Advisor, will be speaking at the Calgary Hotel Association (CHA) Member Luncheon on Thursday, November 15 at the

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