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BIA tax: payment

The City of Calgary offers a variety of Business Improvement Area (BIA) tax payment options to pay directly to The City or through your bank.

BIA tax bill: Need a copy of your BIA tax bill or a payment receipt? Contact Tax

Pay directly to The City


Business Tax Instalment Payment Plan (BTIPP)

BTIPP is a monthly instalment plan that allows you to pay your BIA taxes by monthly pre-authorized debit, rather than in a single annual payment. Find out more about BTIPP.

Reduce the risk of late payment penalties by requesting and returning your BTIPP agreement early.
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BTIPP initial payment or missed instalment

The BTIPP initial payment and/or a missed instalment must be made separately. It cannot be made by automatic withdrawal from your chequing account. Like all other BIA tax payments, your BTIPP initial payment or missed instalment can be made through one of the other payment options listed on this page.

BTIPP payment not honoured by your bank - making a replacement instalment

Making a replacement instalment, like all other BIA tax payments, can be made through one of the other payment options listed on this page. Replacing a payment before it becomes dishonoured will not stop the next monthly BTIPP instalment from being withdrawn or prevent service fees. For more information on replacement instalments, see non-payment and service charges​.

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City Cashiers

City Cashiers
Third floor, Calgary Municipal Building
800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cashiers accept:

Cash

Cheque or money order:

  • Make cheque or money order payable to "The City of Calgary."
  • Sign and accurately complete your cheque, as The City of Calgary is not responsible for errors and/or omissions.
  • Post-dated cheques must be dated by the due date or earlier to avoid penalty.
Avoid last minute line–ups and late payment penalties by bringing your cheque to City Cashiers today, post-dated on or before the due date.
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Debit card - Be aware of your daily withdrawal limit when using your debit card.

Credit Card - cannot be used to pay BIA tax directly to The City of Calgary.​

Drop off - 24-hour deposit box

The 24-hour deposit box is located at street level near the Municipal Building East Entrance 801‑3 Street S.E.

Deposit payment prior to midnight of the due date to meet the payment deadline.

  • Do not deposit cash.
  • Make cheque or money order payable to "The City of Calgary."
  • Cheques (including post-dated cheques) must be dated for the due date or earlier to avoid penalty.
  • Sign and accurately complete your cheque, as The City of Calgary is not responsible for errors and/or omissions.
  • Enclose the remittance portion of your bill(s) and write the Business Identifier (BID) number(s) on your cheque.
Avoid late payment penalties by dropping off your cheque today, post-dated on or before the due date.
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Mail

Mail your cheque or money order to:

The City of Calgary (#8044)
P.O. Box 2405, Station M
Calgary, Alberta, Canada
T2P 3L9

  • Do not send cash.
  • Make cheque or money order payable to "The City of Calgary."
  • Cheques (including post-dated cheques) must be dated for the due date or earlier to avoid penalty.
  • Sign and accurately complete your cheque, as The City of Calgary is not responsible for errors and/or omissions.
  • Enclose the remittance portion of your bill(s) and write the Business Identifier (BID) number(s) on your cheque.
  • The effective date of mailed payments received after the due date will be the date of the Canada Post postmark. The Canada Post postmark must be dated on or before the due date to avoid late payment penalties. If the Canada Post postmark is absent or illegible, the effective date of payment will be the date received.
  • The imprint of a postage meter is not accepted as proof of the mail date.

Payments from outside Canada - should be made by money order in Canadian funds or by cheque in Canadian funds drawn on a Canadian bank.

Payments in U.S. funds - payments may be made in U.S. funds if drawn from either a Canadian bank U.S. dollar account or from an American bank. The exchange rate on the date of deposit will apply.

If the payment is insufficient due to the fluctuation of the exchange rate or financial institution collection fees, penalties will apply to any unpaid tax.

Courier

Courier deliveries accepted at:

Tax Advisory Services Counter
Calgary Municipal Building
3rd Floor, 800 Macleod Trail S.E.
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

OR

City Hall Mail Room
Calgary Municipal Building
Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Cheque or money order only - do not send cash.

  • Make your cheque or money order payable to "The City of Calgary."
  • Cheques (including post-dated cheques) must be dated for the due date or earlier to avoid penalty.
  • Sign and accurately complete your cheque, as The City of Calgary is not responsible for errors and/or omissions.
  • Enclose the remittance portion of your bill(s) and write the Business Identifier (BID) number(s) on your cheque.
Reduce the risk of late payment penalties by delivering your cheque today, post-dated on or before the due date.

Payments from outside Canada - should be made by money order in Canadian funds or by cheque in Canadian funds drawn on a Canadian bank.

Payments in U.S. funds - payments may be made in U.S. funds if drawn from either a Canadian bank U.S. dollar account or from an American bank. The exchange rate on the date of deposit will apply.

If the payment is insufficient due to the fluctuation of the exchange rate or financial institution collection fees, penalties will apply to any unpaid tax

 

Pay through your bank


ATM / bank machine

Effective date of payment: BIA tax payments can be made through most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Know your bank's policies regarding the effective date of payment. It’s important to pay at least three business days prior to the BIA tax payment due date to meet the payment deadline and avoid a late payment penalty. Please keep in mind that most bank transactions are based on Eastern Standard Time.

Step 1: Add Calgary Business Tax as a payee

Before making payment at an ATM add Calgary Business Tax as a payee and register your current Business Identifier (BID) number online, by phone or in person at a branch.

Add Calgary Business Tax payee to your bank account’s bill payment profile: Search keywords: “Calgary business tax” and select the payee name closest to “Calgary (City of) Business Tax” or “Calgary Business Tax.”

Can’t find Calgary business tax as a payee or are unsure which payee to select? Contact your bank for more information.

Step 2: Add account number

The account number is the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number on your BIA tax bill entered with no spaces or dashes. More than one BIA tax bill? Register each Business Identifier (BID) number separately and make payment on each BIA tax bill separately.

Business Identifier (BID) number is the account number: Make sure the Calgary BIA tax account number registered in your bank’s bill payment profile matches the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number shown on your most recent BIA tax bill or statement. Need a copy of your BIA tax bill? Contact Tax

Step 3: Make payment

Make your BIA tax payment at an ATM following your bank’s instructions. Keep your receipt as proof of the date and time of payment.

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In person at the bank

Effective date of payment: BIA tax payments can be made through most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Know your bank's policies regarding the effective date of payment. It’s important to pay at least three business days prior to the BIA tax payment due date to meet the payment deadline and avoid a late payment penalty.

Take your BIA tax bill(s): the bank teller will need to see your BIA tax bill(s) to register/confirm your 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number(s) as the account number(s) linked to the Calgary Business Tax payee e.g., “Calgary (City Of) Business Tax” or “Calgary Business Tax” on your bill payment profile with the bank.

More than one BIA tax bill? Have the bank teller register each BID number and make payment on each BIA tax bill separately.

Business Identifier (BID) number is the account number: Make sure the Calgary BIA tax account number registered in your bank’s bill payment profile matches the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number shown on your most recent BIA tax bill or statement. Need a copy of your BIA tax bill? Contact Tax

Keep your receipt as proof of the date and time of payment.

Online banking

Effective date of payment: BIA tax payments can be made through most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Know your bank's policies regarding the effective date of payment. It’s important to pay at least three business days prior to the BIA tax payment due date to meet the payment deadline and avoid a late payment penalty. Please keep in mind that most bank transactions are based on Eastern Standard Time.

Step 1: Add Calgary Business Tax as a payee to your bank account’s bill payment profile

Search keywords: “Calgary business tax” and select the payee name closest to “Calgary (City of) Business Tax” or “Calgary Business Tax.”

Can’t find Calgary business tax as a payee or are unsure which payee to select? Contact your bank for more information.

Step 2: Add account number

The account number is the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number on your BIA tax bill entered without spaces or dashes. More than one BIA tax bill? Register each BID number and make payment on each tax bill separately.

Business Identifier (BID) number is the account number: Make sure the Calgary BIA tax account number registered in your bank’s bill payment profile matches the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number shown on your most recent BIA tax bill or statement. Need a copy of your BIA tax bill? Contact Tax

Step 3: Make payment

Make your BIA tax payment by phone following your bank’s instructions. Keep your receipt as proof of the date and time of payment.

Phone banking

Effective date of payment: BIA tax payments can be made through most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, and Alberta Treasury Branches. Know your bank's policies regarding the effective date of payment. It’s important to pay at least three business days prior to the BIA tax payment due date to meet the payment deadline and avoid a late payment penalty. Please keep in mind that most bank transactions are based on Eastern Standard Time.

Step 1: Add Calgary Business Tax as a payee to your bank account’s bill payment profile

Search keywords: “Calgary business tax” and select the payee name closest to “Calgary (City of) Business Tax” or “Calgary Business Tax.”

Can’t find Calgary business tax as a payee or are unsure which payee to select? Contact your bank for more information.

Step 2: Add account number

The account number is the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number on your BIA tax bill entered without spaces or dashes. More than one BIA tax bill? Register each BID number and make payment on each tax bill separately.

Business Identifier (BID) number is the account number: Make sure the Calgary BIA tax account number registered in your bank’s bill payment profile matches the 8-digit Business Identifier (BID) number shown on your most recent BIA tax bill or statement. Need a copy of your BIA tax bill? Contact Tax

Step 3: Make payment

Make your BIA tax payment by phone following your bank’s instructions. Keep your receipt as proof of the date and time of payment.​


 

Credit cards


Credit cards cannot be used to pay BIA tax directly to The City of Calgary.

Some third-party online payment providers in Canada offer credit card as a payment option for BIA tax. The City of Calgary does not endorse third-party payment providers and advises that:

  • companies offering this service charge transaction fees, which are paid by the customer,
  • there is no guaranteed date when the payment will be received by The City, and the delivery of payment to The City can take several days or weeks, and
  • business owners are responsible to pay their BIA tax bill by the due date. If payment is received after the due date, the business owner will be responsible to pay any resulting late payment penalty.