What is the TIPP cycle? TIPP cycle means you will have ten equal instalments are automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the first of each month, from August to May.
Can I apply for TIPP after July 20? Yes! Your monthly payments will be prorated over the number of remaining months leading up to and including May. You will pay more on your monthly budget in the first year to catch up, but it will even out the following year.
My taxes are currently included in my mortgage payment. Can I still enroll in TIPP?
No, as you would be doubling your tax payment.
Why are TIPP payments calculated over 10 months? The program is a pre-payment towards the estimated tax amount owing for the following year. By the time we collect the 10th installment on May 1, we will have collected close to the full tax amount so when you get the tax bill in May, it shows the total payments you've made towards the bill. Any balance owing comes out automatically on the last business day of June.
Is there an incentive to sign up for TIPP? Yes! Annually Council reviews and approves a percentage amount for an incentive which is credited towards the property owner's taxes. Please contact 311 to obtain the current year's incentive.
Do I need to apply each year?
No, you only have to apply once unless you sell your property. You will remain on the plan until you submit the TIPP cancellation form.
Does TIPP transfer to my new home? No, you must cancel your previous account and reapply. The property tax credit stays on the property and doesn’t follow the owner. You should find your TIPP credit amount included in your Statement of Adjustment from your lawyer.
Do I need to apply separately for each property I own? Yes, please complete an application for each property.
What is a Supplementary Tax Notice and how does it affect TIPP?
A supplementary tax bill is issued when a new building or an addition/renovation to an existing building is completed during the calendar year. In the event this amount is left unpaid after the due date, your TIPP payment amount
will be recalculated to include the supplementary tax.
Can I choose a different date for the TIPP payment to come out of my bank account? No, to make sure that we have captured all of the instalment payments and have the tax accounts ready for the notices to be generated, we must maintain a consistent date for everybody for TIPP withdrawal, which is the first of each month. However, you can check with your financial institution to set up automatic withdrawal from your own bank account. The only risk is you will be responsible for ensuring that all of your taxes are paid in full by the last business day in June. If you are on the TIPP program, the City will ensure the final payment is automatically withdrawn.
For more information
Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Address: City Hall, 1st Floor, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6
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