Red Deer property owners have two weeks left to pay their property taxes before the extended 2020 deadline of September 30.
In the spring, Council amended the approved Operating Budget to reduce the tax rate increase and extended the 2020 payment deadline to September 30 in recognition of the serious financial impact COVID-19 has had on residents and the business community.
Property owners are encouraged to pay in full and on time to avoid late fees. On October 1, a seven per cent penalty is applied to any unpaid tax balances. The tax deadline and penalties do not apply to property owners who pay monthly through The City’s Tax Installment Plan (TIP).
“We recognize many residents and businesses are facing additional financial challenges due to COVID-19,” said Roxane Preedin, Controller – Property Taxation. “If property owners are unable to pay in full by September 30, we encourage them to pay off as much as they can to reduce penalties come October 1.”
Taxes can be paid in multiple ways, including by mail, through financial institutions, or in person at the Recreation Centre by cheque, cash or debit while City Hall remains closed. Property owners paying through their financial institution are reminded to allow processing time (typically three to five business days) to ensure online payments reach The City before the due date, and those paying by mail are reminded envelopes must be post-marked by September 30 to avoid late penalties.
Property owners should anticipate longer wait times than usual as physical distancing requirements have limited staffing capacity. To ensure safe distancing, long lineups may extend outside the facility.
For more information about Red Deer’s property taxes visit www.reddeer.ca/tax or call 403-342-8126.
For more information, please contact:
Communications & Strategic Planning
The City of Red Deer