Property Tax Discounts and Penalties
March 25, 2020: Financial Relief
At the March 25 council meeting, Council passed two bylaws in order to aid residents who are experiencing financial distress as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic:
Resident’s who receive utility invoices from Foothills County for water/sewer/garbage will continue to receive their utility bills but Foothills County has waived all penalties on delinquent accounts until December 31, 2020.
Foothills County has eliminated the October 1, 2020 tax penalty.
Property Taxes are due September 30 annually.
Payments are accepted at any time (subject to penalties). The effective date of payments mailed to Foothills County will be the date of the postmark of Canada Post. If the postmark of Canada Post is absent or illegible, the effective date of payment will be the actual date of receipt by Foothills County. The imprint of a postage meter is not acceptable as proof of the mailing date. Postdated cheques are acceptable.
TAXES MAY BE PAID
- At most Financial Institutions in Canada, including Automatic Teller Machines
- By telephone or internet banking
- By mail. Please enclose the remittance portion of the Notice with your payment.
- In person at the County Office (309 Macleod Trail, High River, Alberta) during business hours. Cash, Cheque or Debit Card are acceptable.
- After hours through the mail slot at the front door (cheques only).
- Please Note: we do not accept e-transfers
Late Payment Penalties
Property taxes are due September 30th of each year. A penalty of six percent (6%) will be levied on any outstanding current taxes on October 1st of each year.
A penalty of twelve percent (12%) will be levied on all outstanding taxes on January 1st of each year.
Cheques not honoured by your bank are subject to penalty and administration charges.
Discounts for Early Payment of Taxes
Pre-pay your property taxes and receive the following discounts:
|before January 31||6%|
Your pre-payment estimate is equal to last year's taxes minus the appropriate discount. If there has been a change in your property (i.e. Subdivision, sale of land, new construction, etc.) contact the Tax Department and we will provide an estimate. When the current years' taxes are known, the discount is calculated and the pre-payment deducted. Your tax notice will show the full levy, the discount, and the prepayment as a credit previous balance. If there is a difference between estimated and actual taxes, the balance will be reported on the Tax Notice. Credit balances (the amount due will be shown in brackets) will be refunded or carried forward to the next tax year, at the discretion of the ratepayer. If the amount paid was less than the actual tax levy, the balance owing is due on or before September 30th.
Discounts for monthly Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP)
TIPP participants are eligible for Tax Discounts as follows:
|Enrollment in the program:|
|before January 31||5%|