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Residential Property Tax - 2020 COVID-19 Tax Relief Measures

The City of Calgary is supporting citizens and businesses in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Council approved the 2020 Property Tax relief measures to support taxpayers facing financial hardship. Property tax bills will be mailed by the end of May 2020; however, two new relief measures were approved to provide flexibility for property owners:

  1. The tax payment deadline has been extended from June 30 to September 30 without late payment penalties. The tax due date printed on the bill will be June 30. However, the annual 7% penalty applied on July 1 has been cancelled. Property owners have until September 30 to pay their 2020 tax bill without penalty. Any unpaid 2020 tax balance as of October 1 will have a late payment penalty of 7% applied.
  2. The Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) has suspended its 2% filing fee for taxpayers who join TIPP between January 1, 2020 and January 1, 2021.

Those capable of paying on or before June 30 and do so, will be helping fund essential City services Calgarians rely on. Property owners who remain on TIPP are supporting essential services by making monthly payments and avoiding one large lump payment.

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The tax bill due date remains June 30. By extending the penalty-free period from July 1 to September 30 City Council is providing tax deferral relief on both the residential property tax The City collects on behalf of the Government of Alberta and The City’s residential tax portion of your 2020 tax bill.

For those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, payments made on or before September 30 will avoid the late payment penalty of 7% on October 1. Any unpaid 2020 property tax balance outstanding on October 1 will have the 7% penalty applied. Any unpaid tax and penalties accrued from previous years are charged a penalty of 1% of the outstanding balance on the first day of each month until the tax arrears are paid.

If you cannot pay your property tax bill in full on or before Sept 30 paying as much as possible will reduce the penalty amount applied on October 1.

Continuing to pay your property tax by June 30 will further reduce financial impacts to The City of Calgary and support the maintenance of services for all Calgarians.

Also see the "For residential property owners wishing to join the Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) this year" section below.

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  • Your TIPP payments continue the first day of every month without interruption.
  • Your July – Dec instalment amount is shown on your tax bill, adjusted to reflect the 2020 tax levy, ensuring your account is paid in full by year end.
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The Tax Instalment Payment Plan (TIPP) is a popular program that allows you to pay your property tax on a monthly basis instead of one payment in June.

One of the tax relief measures adopted by Council in response to COVID-19 is to waive the 2% filing fee for 2020. This allows you to join anytime without the filing fee.

Learn how TIPP works but be aware that any unpaid taxes from prior years and any missed instalments in 2020 must be paid in full as an initial payment before we can process your agreement. If joining after September 30 any unpaid 2020 tax balance as of October 1 will have a late payment penalty of 7% applied.

We strongly recommend requesting your agreement early even if you would like to join the plan later this year. The agreement will show the initial payment amount required, helping you to plan for that payment and the submission of your completed agreement and initial payment by the deadline.

If you are unable to make the initial payment you will not be able to join TIPP. It is important to know that early, so you do not miss the opportunity to make payment(s) on or before Sept 30 and reduce the amount of the October 1 late payment penalty of 7% applied to your tax account.

If starting the plan October 1, your agreement will include the 7% October 1 penalty. This is not an error. The penalty amount will be waived after you have submitted a correctly completed agreement, made your initial payment and your first instalment has been withdrawn from your chequing account. If you do not meet these terms and conditions of the plan you are not on TIPP and the October 1 penalty will not be waived.

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If you are not able to continue the payment plan at the required instalment amount you will need to cancel your participation.  We are not able to modify your monthly instalment to an amount different than the instalment set by the plan’s terms and conditions.

To cancel your participation in TIPP use our online secure form to submit your cancellation request. 

Be aware the deadline to submit your cancellation request is no later than the 22nd of the month in order to cancel TIPP before the upcoming instalment is withdrawn from your bank account.

For those facing financial hardship due to COVID-19, payments made on or before September 30 will avoid the late payment penalty of 7% on October 1. Any unpaid 2020 property tax balance outstanding on October 1 will have the 7% penalty applied

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Yes, you are able to rejoin TIPP later in 2020. Normally joining TIPP twice in the same calendar year for the same property is prohibited under the terms of the plan; however, one of the tax relief measures adopted by Council in response to COVID-19 is to waive the 2% filing fee for 2020. This allows you to rejoin later this year without the filing fee.

You will need to request and return a new TIPP agreement along with your banking information as we are not able to use your previous TIPP agreement and banking information to restart you on the plan. If joining after September 30 any unpaid 2020 tax balance as of October 1 will have a late payment penalty of 7% applied.

Be aware that at the time of rejoining any missed instalments must be paid in full as an initial payment and your payment must appear on your tax account before we are able process your new agreement.

We strongly recommend requesting your agreement early even if you would like to join the plan later this year. The agreement will show the initial payment amount required, helping you to plan for that payment and the submission of your completed agreement and initial payment by the deadline.

If you are unable to make the initial payment you will not be able to rejoin TIPP. It is important to know that early, so you do not miss the opportunity to make payment(s) on or before Sept 30 and reduce the amount of the October 1 late payment penalty of 7% applied to your tax account. 

If starting the plan October 1, your agreement will include the 7% October 1 penalty. This is not an error. The penalty amount will be waived after you have submitted a correctly completed agreement, made your initial payment and your first instalment has been withdrawn from your chequing account. If you do not meet these terms and conditions of the plan you are not on TIPP and the October 1 penalty will not be waived.

Updated City of Calgary information regarding the COVID-19 pandemic is posted to Calgary.ca/covid19.

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