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Tax Instalment Pre-payment Plan (TIPP)

We understand that the COVID-19 pandemic is adding a lot of financial uncertainty and added stress to residents and business owners. 

Please read our latest update about 2020 Property Taxes

Frequently Asked Questions


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The TIPP program allows you to pay your property taxes over a specified number of months instead of making one large payment in June.

After paying your current years' taxes in full, you can enroll in this 10 month instalment plan which runs from August 1 to May 1.  Pre-authorized withdrawals will be taken from your bank account and prepayment incentives will be applied monthly.  A final withdrawal will occur on the last business day in June for any balances owing.  


New applicants are encouraged to apply on or before the 20th of each month for the following month's withdrawal on the 1st. Applications are accepted anytime, however payment amounts are calculated according to when you start the program. (You will remain on TIPP until you submit a cancellation form).

How do I sign up?

1. Download and complete the TIPP application form

2.  Send us the completed form with your banking information through the following methods:

Email: tax@lethbridge.ca

Mail:
 
City of Lethbridge
Tax & Assessment
910 4 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6

Drop-off: There is a deposit box located at the front door and in the traffic circle behind City Hall.

Once you are enrolled in the program there is no need to reapply every year. The program will continue until you submit a cancellation form. 



 
  
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If you are currently enrolled in the TIPP Program and you must discuss options for new financial circumstances, please call Lethbridge 311 during business hours.

If your residential property taxes are included in your mortgage, please reach out to your financial institution for direction.



 
  
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Complete the TIPP cancellation form and return to the City Tax department by the 20th of the month prior to the next TIPP withdrawal. 

For example, if you wish to cancel withdrawals starting May 1, you must cancel by April 20.

Do you have multiple tax accounts?

A cancellation form is required for each tax account to be removed from the program. If you are a condominium owner with a titled parking stall(s) on TIPP, a cancellation form is required for each account.

Selling your property?

If you have sold your property, review your Statement of Adjustments that you signed with your lawyer. Contact your lawyer in the event you have questions about your TIPP credit or property tax balance.

 
  
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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.

 
  
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No, as you would be doubling your tax payment.

 
  
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​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.


 
  
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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.

 
  
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In the event you previously enrolled in the TIPP program and your bank account has changed, complete a TIPP application form and tick Revised at the top of the document. Fax, email, drop off or mail the application with your new banking information by the 20th of the month prior to the next TIPP withdrawal.

 
  
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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.

 
  
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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.

 
  
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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.

 
  
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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.

 
  
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Yes, please complete an application for each property.

 
  
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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.


For more information

Phone: 311 or 403-320-3111 (if outside of Lethbridge)
Email: tax@lethbridge.ca or assessment@lethbridge.ca
Address: City Hall, 1st Floor, 910 4 Avenue South, Lethbridge, Alberta, T1J 0P6


 

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