Prop­erty tax dead­line Sept. 30 to avoid late penal­ties

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The City of Leth­bridge is re­mind­ing prop­erty own­ers that 2020 tax ac­counts must be paid in full by Sept. 30 to avoid be­ing pe­nal­ized.

This spring city coun­cil ap­proved changes to 2020 prop­erty tax penalty dates and re­duced penal­ties for 2020 tax ac­counts to help res­i­dents im­pacted by the fi­nan­cial ef­fects of COVID-19.

As of Oct. 1 any out­stand­ing prop­erty tax bal­ances will have a three per cent penalty ap­plied, which amounts to $30 for ev­ery $1,000 in out­stand­ing prop­erty taxes. The penalty is four per cent on Nov. 1 and five per cent on Dec. 1. For more in­for­ma­tion visit leth­bridge.ca/taxes2020.

The tax dead­line and penal­ties do not ap­ply to prop­erty own­ers who pay monthly through the City’s Tax In­stal­ment Pre­pay­ment Plan (TIPP).

If you have re­cently pur­chased prop­erty and/or have not re­ceived a 2020 Tax No­tice, con­tact Tax­a­tion at tax@leth­bridge.ca. Late pay­ment penal­ties will not be waived if you did not re­ceive your tax no­tice.

Cash, cheques and debit card pay­ments are ac­cepted by cashiers on the main floor at City Hall, 910 4 Ave. S., from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To avoid po­ten­tial line­ups and main­tain proper dis­tanc­ing re­quire­ments, tax­pay­ers are en­cour­aged not to leave pay­ments un­til the last minute.

If you have on­line bank­ing, you can pay your taxes elec­tron­i­cally us­ing the 13-digit roll num­ber lo­cated in the top right sec­tion of your tax no­tice. Cheques or money or­ders (do not en­close cash) can also be dropped off us­ing the drop box at the front door of city hall or the drive-thru drop box in the cir­cle be­hind city hall. The

City does not ac­cept credit card pay­ments.

Prop­erty own­ers can sign up to re­ceive their fu­ture prop­erty tax no­tices by email or view their 2020 prop­erty tax no­tice on­line at

An­other way to avoid late pay­ment penal­ties in the fu­ture is to en­roll in the monthly Tax In­stal­ment Pre­pay­ment Plan (TIPP), which re­duces your tax with a 0.75 per cent an­nual dis­count credit. Prop­erty own­ers whose 2020 taxes are paid in full can sign up for TIPP be­fore Oct. 20 to be en­rolled in the pro­gram for their 2021 prop­erty taxes. Visit

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