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Common Dangers in Canadian Property Tax

The more complex the business operation in terms of geographic scope, property types and management processes, the greater the demands on the information supply system. Property tax management is an excellent example of an intensely diverse process. What appears to be a relatively simple financial task – payment of taxes – is, in reality a complex function of management understanding and delegation. Failure to manage it adequately results in fewer cost savings opportunities and the potential for overpayment of property taxes.

In a time of increased downloading of responsibility for services to local government, there will be significant pressure on the property tax base to provide funding for these requirements.

In addition, the property tax process is dynamic. New legislation, new jurisprudence and new assessment procedures are constantly being implemented. Legislative framework and available programs provide the potential for tax recoveries, or mitigation. This becomes an integral part of the process for managing real estate portfolios. There is a multiplicity of relief available which requires a detailed knowledge of the intricacies of the various statutes, their inter-relationship and application.

The property tax function requires detailed analysis of real estate and other assets including familiarity with local customs and procedures. In many jurisdictions, there are onerous compliance requirements established by the provincial and local government agencies. Following the compliance process, assessments need to be reviewed to ensure that the taxpayer is assessed and taxed on a fair and equitable basis.

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