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Penalties and service charges

Taxes are due June 30, 2016

The City of Calgary Bylaw 8M2002 authorizes penalties for non-payment of taxes. Penalties are a percentage of the unpaid amount. Current taxes are taxes levied in the current calendar year. Tax arrears are taxes levied in prior calendar years.

  1. Any unpaid current year account balance will be penalized 7% on July 1.
  2. The penalty is a fixed percentage, not a daily interest charge. For example, if your unpaid taxes are $2,000 as of July 1, the penalty will be $140.
  3. Any unpaid current year account balance as of Oct. 1 will receive an additional penalty of 7%.
  4. Any unpaid taxes and penalties that have accrued from the previous year(s) is deemed arrears. Any arrears balance will be charged a penalty of 1% on the first day of every month, until the taxes are paid.
  5. Payments are applied in the following order: arrears penalties, arrears, current penalties, and current taxes.

Penalty rates

Specific detail regarding penalty application is as follows:

Properties subject to:  
The City of Calgary Penalty on Unpaid Taxes Bylaw 8M2002: On July 1 and also on October 1, 7% of the unpaid current taxes ($70.00 for every $1,000 of unpaid taxes).

On the first day of every month, 1% of the tax arrears starting January 1.

M.D. of Rocky View #44 Mill Rate Bylaw: On July 1, 12% of the unpaid current taxes ($120 for every $1,000 of unpaid taxes)

On January 1, 12% of the tax arrears.

M.D. of Foothills #31 Mill Rate Bylaw: On October 1, 6% of the unpaid current taxes ($60.00 for every $1,000 of unpaid taxes).

On January 1, 12% of the tax arrears.

Service charges

  1. If your bank does not honour your cheque or Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) instalment, a service charge of $25 (subject to change) will be added to your account.
  2. If you are paying for more than one property with a single cheque or TIPP instalment and your payment is not honoured by your bank, an additional service charge of $6.50 (subject to change) will be added to each property tax account affected by the non-payment.

Penalties are added to your tax account if a returned cheque results in taxes not being paid by the due date.

For more property tax information, view Property Tax or the Property Tax brochure.​​