How your Tax Bill is Calculated
Each year, Wheatland County Council approves the budget required to support Wheatland services. From this amount, sources of revenue other than property tax, such as license fees, permits, and provincial grants, are subtracted. The balance is the amount raised by property taxes. In order to calculate property tax, rates have to be established. The tax rates reflect the amount of taxes to be paid for every $1,000 of assessed value. The Province of Alberta also establishes a tax rate based on the revenue it requires from property tax. There is a $25 minimum property tax amount per roll number. Education Property Tax Deferral is available for non-residential properties. More information is available at https://www.alberta.ca/seniors-property-tax-deferral-program.aspx.
Your Property Tax Bill covers the period from January 1 to December 31 annually. A combined Tax and Assessment notice is mailed typically in April with a due date of June 30. Failure to receive a tax notice does not exempt you from a penalty after the due date. A 5% penalty is added to any unpaid balance after June 30, and if not paid by November 30 another 5% penalty is applied. Taxes can be paid at the County office, at your bank, or through online banking.
Check your Roll Number
The property tax roll number is linked to the property – not the owner. Especially when paying through the bank, confirm the roll number you have registered with your bank matches your most recent notice before making payment via branch, ATM, online or telephone banking. If you misapply a payment to your old property or to an invalid roll number, notify our office immediately. Incorrectly applied payments may result in a late payment penalty if the property taxes remain unpaid past the due date. Wheatland County is not responsible for errors and/or omissions.
Own more than one property?
Owners of multiple properties need to register and make payment to each roll number separately. If you’ve recently sold a property, you may want to remove the account from your bill payment profile to ensure you do not accidentally use it.
- Payments are accepted between 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Pay by cash, cheque, money order, or debit. Credit card payments are not accepted.
- When using debit, be aware of your daily withdrawal limit.
- Cheques or money orders (do not leave cash) can be left in the overnight deposit box located left of the main doors of the Administration Office.
- Your payment must be in the deposit box prior to midnight of the due date to meet the payment deadline.
Change of Mailing Address
Wheatland County sources property ownership and mailing address information for property tax and assessment notices from the property’s Certificate of Title as registered with the Province of Alberta Land Titles Office http://servicealberta.ca/pdf/ltmanual/CHANGE_OF_ADDRESS.pdf. Legal name changes, spelling corrections, or mailing address updates must be made directly through Alberta Land Titles.
Alberta Government Services
Calgary Land Titles Office
Calgary, AB, T2P 2R4
Street Address: 710 4th Ave. S.W., Calgary
Phone: (403) 297-6511
Fax: (403) 297-8641
Some areas within Wheatland County have separate school education available. If your property is within one of these areas, you may choose which education system you would like your school taxes to support. The School Declaration Form is also available at the County office. We must receive these declarations before December 31 in order to change the school support declaration for the following year. Please contact Property Tax Clerk if you have any questions or concerns.
Property assessments are used to calculate the property tax amount. Learn more about the assessment process and how to submit a complaint.