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As you probably know by now, The City of Calgary has mailed out more than 500,000 residential, non-residential, and business tax assessments in early January.
Hopefully, you have received yours by now. It is important that you take a look at your assessment.
Remember, assessment notices that you have received are NOT tax bills. Tax bills are mailed to business owners in February and to property owners in May.
These property and business tax assessments are an estimate of property and business market values as of July 1, 2017, which are used to determine you taxes.
While 56 per cent of Calgarians will see a tax decrease due to the revenue neutral tax system nature of our system, many single-family homes will see a higher tax bill.
For non-residential properties, The City of Calgary estimates that that approximately 61 per cent of these properties will stay between plus 10 per cent or minus 10 per cent of 2017 property taxes.
I am mindful of the continued difficulties faces by our business community, and it is one of the reasons I voted to extend the $45 million dollar Municipal Non-Residential Phased Tax program which caps those property taxes at five per cent from large shifts in market value that are a result of the massive decrease in market value of office buildings in the downtown core.
Again, I encourage you to review your property tax assessment. If you do not agree with your assessment, you have the ability to file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board.
This complaint can ONLY be filed during the Customer Review Period which runs from the date you received your income tax assessment in January 2018 until March 12, 2018.
Before you file your complaint, if you have questions about your 2018 property or business assessment notices, please call the Assessment Business Unit at The City of Calgary at 403-268-2888 to talk to a tax assessor.
If the assessors aren’t able to answer your questions and your assessments are complicated, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org and my office and I will do our best to clarify your matter and to find a solution prior to you looking into filing a complaint on your tax assessment.
It’s important that The City of Calgary get how we tax our citizens right and that when we get it wrong, you have a way to correct it.
In addition, here are some helpful online resources:
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