Your Tax Notice
As a property owner in Vegreville, you receive a property tax notice every May. It indicates your share of municipal and education property taxes and the due date for payment. Taxes are due annually on June 30.
Your Notice Explained
The Town believes it is important for you, as a property owner, to fully understand the information shown on your tax notice. This interactive tax notice explains the information categories in your notice. To access descriptions, click on the sections that are of interest to you.
- Pay online.
- Pay in person at most banks and financial institutions.
- Sign-up for our pre-authorized withdrawal program; the Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPP).
- Pay by Mail.
- Make your cheque payable to the Town of Vegreville and mail to PO Box 640, Vegreville, AB T9C 1R7.
- Pay at the Town Office between 9:00 AM and 4:30 PM Monday to Friday. Closed from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM.
- Make your payment after hours through the mail drop-off box at the Town Office.
Please allow sufficient time for payment to reach our office by the due date. Payments will be applied to your account on the date of receipt at our office.
Penalties for late payment:
- 10% penalty on all current taxes remaining unpaid after June 30. ***Due to covid council has elected to extend the penalty deadline to September 30 in 2021.
- 15% penalty on all taxes remaining unpaid after December 31.
If you have not received your combined assessment and property tax notice, please contact the Town of Vegreville Taxation Clerk at 780-780-632-2606 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What is the Tax Installment Payment Program (TIPP)?
- TIPP is a monthly tax installment payment plan by which taxpayers may make a consecutive monthly payment for taxes rather than a single annual payment.
- Bylaw No. 04-2009 of the Town of Vegreville allows Taxpayers to have their property taxes and local improvements paid in monthly installments by pre-authorized withdrawal from their bank account.
Why should you use the Tax Installment Payment Program?
- The Payment Plan breaks the annual tax payment into 12 monthly payments to make budgeting easier.
- It's a convenient and reliable form of payment.
- Balances are not subject to penalties, provided payments are made.
How does the plan work?
- An application form must be completed.
- Payments are made by automatic withdrawal from your bank account.
- Taxes must be paid up to date before enrolling in the plan.
- You choose a payment date of either the 15th or at the end of the month.
- Monthly payments from January through June are 1/12th of the preceding year tax levy.
- Monthly payments for July through December are re-calculated on the current tax levy less payments made from January to June. Payments are equal to 1/6th of the re-calculated amount.
Who can use the Tax Installment Payment Program?
All taxpayers are eligible to participate in the program provided all property taxes, local improvements, arrears and penalties are current.
How do I apply?
To apply for the Tax Installment Payment Program please complete and sign the Authorization Form, attach a void cheque, and return to the Town of Vegreville Office.
Please note, if you enroll in the TIPP program you must pay your to-date amount as it's an annual program.
Withdrawal or Cancellation
- You may withdraw from the program by filling out this form (add link to TIPP Cancellation form)
- The Town Manager may cancel a taxpayers privilege of continuing in the program if two consecutive installments fail to be honored in any year.
- If you withdraw, or the Town cancels your participation in the program, the unpaid balance of taxes, if any, shall then be due and paid in full within thirty days and shall be subject to penalties normally calculated for unpaid taxes.
- Any payments that are dishonored by the bank are subject to a service charge.
Please advise us of any changes to banking information by emailing email@example.com.
Before You File a Complaint
Check out these helpful resources.
- Is Your Property Assessment Fair and Accurate?
- Guide to Property Assessment and Taxation in Alberta
- Filing a Property Assessment Complaint and Preparing for Your Hearing
What should I do if I don’t agree with my property assessment?
If you do not agree with the following information found on your Combined Assessment and Tax Notice:
- the description of the property;
- the name or mailing address of an assessed person or taxpayer;
- an assessment amount;
- an assessment class, or sub-class;
- the type of property;
- the type of improvement;
- school support;
- whether the property is assessable;
- whether the property is exempt from taxation.
It is recommended that you contact the Town Office as soon as possible before the final date of the complaint shown on the front of your Notice. The Town’s assessor will review with you the contents of your Notice including the assessed value, correct any errors without a complaint being filed and provide you with an explanation and/or comparison with other properties of your choice. If you are still not satisfied with the assessor’s explanation, you may file a written complaint with the Assessment Review Board. Complaints may not be filed about the Town’s mill rates or amount of taxes owing.
How do I file a complaint?
- Only an assessed person can file a complaint with the Assessment Review Board. An agent or representative may file a complaint with a letter of authorization from the property owner.
- If you wish to file a complaint, you must use the prescribed complaint form.
Small Business Sub Class
On November 8, 2021, the Town of Vegreville Council passed Bylaw 08-2021 Small Business Sub-Class Bylaw and Policy FIN-6008 Small Business Sub-Class Policy. With this bylaw and policy the Town of Vegreville is implementing a formal process to provide qualified small businesses with a preferential property tax rate.
According to Policy FIN-6008 the properties eligible for the small business sub-class are those, other than designated industrial properties, that are owned or leased by a business who:
- Operate under a valid business license or have proof of an approved business licence exemption from the Town of Vegreville;
- Employ fewer than 50 full-time employees within Canada as of November 30 of the preceding tax year; and
- Generate active business income from its operations.
On an annual basis the business must complete the attached form “ANNUAL SMALL BUSINESS DECLARATION” and submit it to the Town Office no later than 4:30 PM on the last working day of December each year. If the form is received after the last working day in December each year it will not qualify for the small business tax rate in the subsequent year.
In general, leased premises do not qualify for the small business subclass as they do not generate active business income. In the event the property is leased to a business that would otherwise qualify as a small business, the property may be eligible for the small business sub-class. Under Bylaw 08-2021 and Policy FIN-6008 it is the property owner’s responsibility to provide the Town of Vegreville with an Annual Small Business Declaration from each of the businesses that are leasing their property annually and submit them to the Town Office by the specified time.
The completed forms can be delivered to the Town office at 4829-50 St., Vegreville, AB; mailed to the Town of Vegreville, PO Box 640, Vegreville, AB T9C 1R7; or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assessment Review Board
The Assessment Review Board is an impartial administrative Board established under the Municipal Government Act to hear formal complaints against property assessments. The function of the Board is to determine if the information found on the Notice of Assessment or Tax Notice is correct and that the assessment is fair and equitable, taking into consideration assessments of similar properties in the same municipality.
A complaint must be filed with the required fee, as specified on the back of the notice, no later than the complaint deadline stated on the front of your Notice of Assessment or Tax Notice.
Complaint fees are as follows:
- Residential 3 or fewer dwellings and farmland: $50
- Residential 4 or more dwellings: $650
- Non-residential: $650
Your complaint should be sent to:
Town of Vegreville Property Taxes
4829 50 Street
Vegreville, AB T9C 1R7
What happens when a complaint is filed?
If your complaint form and the required fee has been filed on time and in compliance with all applicable requirements of the Municipal Government Act and the MGA – Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation, the Clerk will arrange a hearing. You will receive a written notice advising of the date, time and location of the hearing as well as any other person that is affected by the complaint. The notice will also outline any deadlines to submit sufficient evidence to support your claim.
Disclosure of Evidence
The MGA – Matters Relating to Assessment Complaints Regulation requires that both the complainant and the assessor submit their evidence to the Board and make full disclosure to the other party. The Board will not hear any evidence that has not been disclosed in accordance with the legislation.
I’ve filed a complaint; do I still have to pay my taxes by the deadline?
Yes. You are still required to pay your taxes by the deadline. If your payment is not made by the due date, you will be charged the late penalties. If an adjustment in the assessment is made a credit/refund will be issued as soon as possible.
How do I withdraw my complaint?
Following filing your complaint with the Assessment Review Board, you may withdraw for whatever reason in the period of time leading up to the hearing date. The Town requests that the withdrawal be in writing and sent to the Clerk.
What are the Hearing Procedures?
- The Clerk will read out loud the complaint you have filed with the Board. You are entitled to see all the documents and hear all other evidence the Board considers in reaching a decision.
- The Chairman will ask you to explain your reasons for objecting to your assessment. Board members can ask questions after your presentation.
- The Chairman will ask the Town’s assessor to explain the current assessment. The assessor may also ask you questions and may dispute your evidence or arguments at this time. The Board can also ask the assessor questions.
- You may ask the assessor questions and you may dispute the assessor’s evidence and argument at this time.
- The Board members will meet in private to discuss the complaint among themselves in order to reach a decision.
- If you have been given notice of the hearing and do not attend, the Board may make a decision on your complaint in your absence.
How does the Board decide?
The Board may make a change with respect to any matter within its jurisdiction or may decide that no change is required. They must not alter any assessment that is fair and equitable taking into consideration assessments of similar properties in Town.
Decisions must be made within thirty (30) days from the last day of the hearing or before the end of the taxation year, whichever is earlier.
The Clerk must send the Board’s written decision and the reasons to the persons notified of the hearing within seven (7) days of receiving the decision.