Taxation FAQ

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Please see the following for information relating to assessment for the 2015 tax year.

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2016 Property Assessment & Taxation Brochure

 

 

Resort Information Brochure 

 

 

 

     

For more information on assessment and taxation in Alberta visit our Assessment FAQ's page or the Alberta Municipal Affairs website.

What is a tax rate?
What are the other outside requisitions?
How is the tax rate calculated?
How can I estimate my taxes?
When are tax notices mailed?
When are property taxes due?
How would I prorate my taxes if I sell my property?
Does Vulcan County have a tax prepayment plan?
What are the benefits of being on the tax prepayment plan?
Why do I have to pay Education taxes?
Can I designate my school taxes to the Separate school division?
I own a property in another jurisdiction, why do I have to pay school taxes again?
Can I find out what my neighbour's taxes are?
Can I find out what my neighbour's assessment is?

 


What is a tax rate?

The tax rate is used to calculate your annual tax levy and it reflects the amount of taxes required for every $1 of assessment. The tax rate is also referred to as the mil rate.

The tax rate is set each year by County Council. Any interested ratepayer is welcome to sit in on the Council meeting and/or submit their concerns to County Council by way of a letter. The tax rate is usually set in the month of May, however this can change. Please call the Administration office at (403) 485-2241 for confirmation of when the tax rates will be on the Council Agenda.

 


What are the other outside requisitions?

Outside requisitions come from organizations for which Vulcan County collects tax dollars. The organizations we collect for at this time are:

-Province of Alberta School Taxes

-Waste Authority

-Marquis Foundation (senior housing foundation)

-Fire

-Recreation

How is the tax rate calculated?

The tax rate is calculated by dividing the total amount of revenue required in the current budget by the total assessment of all taxable property within Vulcan County.

 


How can I estimate my taxes?

To estimate your property taxes you would multiply the market value (purchase price) of your property by the current tax rate. Please note that market value does not apply to farmland and we would recommend that you call the assessment officer in order to get the current assessed value of your farmland.


When are tax notices mailed?

Tax notices are mailed on or before June 30 of each year, with taxes due September 30 of each year. All property taxes in the Province of Alberta are based on the assessed value as of December 31 of the previous calendar year. All property taxes pertain to the current calendar year, so, even though notices are mailed June 30 the billing is for property taxes due for full, current calendar year (Jan 1 - Dec 31)

 


When are property taxes due?

Property taxes are due September 30 of each year. If September 30 is a Saturday or Sunday, then the following Monday would be the deadline. To avoid penalties your payment must be post-marked on or before September 30 (or the deadline date). If you are mailing your payment on September 30, please ensure that the Post Office places a readable date stamp on the envelope. If we cannot read the date, you will be assessed the current penalty.


How would I prorate my taxes if I sell my property?

It is not the responsibility of Vulcan County to adjust property taxes when a property is sold, this should be done by the lawyers handling the property sale transaction. To prorate your taxes you would take the number of days of the current year that you have owned your property, divide this number by 365 and multiply by your tax levy.

Example: If your property was sold May 1 and your tax levy was $1,000:

120 days X $1,000 = $328.77

 

 

365

 

 

$1,000 - $328.77 = $671.23

 

 

 

 

 

Your share of the property taxes would be $328.77 and the purchaser's share would be $671.23.

 


Does Vulcan County have a tax prepayment plan?

Yes, we do. You can obtain forms by calling or visiting our Administration Office or by e-mailing our tax department. Forms are also available online.  A ratepayer can be added to the program at any point during the year. Payments are removed from your account on the 15th of each month.

The payments for January - June of each year are based on the prior year's taxes and the payments from July - December are based on the current year's taxes.

What are the benefits of being on the tax prepayment plan?

The major benefit is that you do not have to pay a potentially large bill in one lump sum. The other benefit is that you have 12 months to pay your taxes and there are no penalties assessed against you.

 


Why do I have to pay Education taxes?

The Provincial Government has mandated that all municipalities will collect school taxes on behalf of the provincial government. Every property owner in the province pays school taxes, regardless of whether they have school age children or not. Questions pertaining to the Education tax should be directed to the following:

-Alberta School Foundation Fund

-Palliser Regional Division No. 26

-Horizon School Division #67

-Christ the Redeemer School Division No. 3

Can I designate my school taxes to the Separate school division?

Yes, you can, within certain areas of Vulcan County. School taxes can only be designated to a separate school division, if your property lies within that division. In Vulcan County only a small portion of the west boundary of the County lies within Christ the Redeemer School Division No. 3. If you purchase property in this area, a School Support form will be sent to you by our tax department. If you do not live within the division, your taxes are automatically designated to support the public division (Palliser Regional Division #26 or Horizon School Division #67).

When a separate school district exists, individual property owners within that district who are Roman Catholic must direct their property taxes to the Roman Catholic separate school district and individual property owners who are not Roman Catholic must direct their property taxes to the public school district.

 


I own a property in another jurisdiction, why do I have to pay school taxes again?

Every taxable piece of property in the Province of Alberta is assessed school taxes, irregardless of whether the owner owns 1 piece of property or 100 pieces of property. This has been mandated by the Provincial Government through legislation.


Can I find out what my neighbors' taxes are?

No, you cannot. This is private information and is not available to anyone else unless authorized by the taxpayer.

 


Can I find out my neighbors' assessment?

Yes, you can. The assessment roll is available for viewing at the County Administration Office. There is a $20.00 fee for viewing the assessment roll.