Yes, there is a penalty if you miss the property tax due date.
The due date for property tax payment is the date shown on the front of your tax bill. To avoid a penalty, payment must be received no later than the due date. If your bank is paying your taxes you are still responsible for ensuring they are paid on time.
Penalties are imposed under the authority of the Town of Cochrane Tax Penalties Bylaw 08/2008, which was passed pursuant to provisions of the Municipal Government Act and cannot be waived by the Town of Cochrane Tax Department.
Property tax account balances remaining outstanding after the due date are subject to the following penalties:
A further penalty of 15% is applied on January 1 to the total outstanding balance as of December 31 (including taxes and applied penalties).
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Complete the Change of Address Form and contact the Calgary Land Titles Office at 403-297-6511 to update your Certificate of Title.
An Assessment Notice that has "Improved" identifies that the land has a building and that it is not vacant. Improved does not mean a change has occurred it only reflects that a structure of some type exists on the land.
You may receive an assessment notice or a tax bill because at the time they were printed the Town had not yet received the Certificate of Title with the new owner’s information. Our records are updated twice a month with ownership changes received from the Calgary Land Titles Office.
Contact the Tax Department with your update.
You may request a copy from the Tax Department .
Visit eServices and sign into your account to view and print off account details (assessment values, tax levy, tax payments, etc).
Sign into your eServices account and you will be able to view historical assessment values under the assessment tab.
The Town of Cochrane offers a variety of payment methods for property taxes (CREDIT CARDS & INTERAC E-TRANSFERS ARE NOT ACCEPTED)
Interac: please bring your property tax bill and ensure that your daily limit is large enough to pay your bill.
Cheque: we accept cheques post-dated on or before the due date indicated on the tax bill
The property taxes each resident pays is calculated in proportion to the value of the real estate property they own. Determining the value of a property for taxation purposes is known as assessment. Assessed values are a means of fairly distributing the town tax burden and ensuring that each property owner pays a fair and equitable level of tax. Find out how your property assessment is determined.
Annual assessment notices are mailed to property owners by the end of January each year. The assessed value reflects the value of your property based on economic conditions as of July 1 and physical condition of December 31 of the previous year.
Your annual tax bills will be mailed at the end of May and taxes are due at the end of June. The taxes billed will cover the period January 1 to December 31 of the current year. Supplementary bills will be mailed end of October and due end of December, as per Important Dates.
Provincial legislation specifies that the funds for schools are to be collected by municipalities. The province and separate school boards requisition revenue they require from the Town and the total levy is distributed among taxpayers through their property tax bills. The Education Portion collected by the town on behalf of the provincial government is approximately 34% of your Property Tax Bill. People who do not own property contribute indirectly through their rental or lease payments. If you have any questions regarding school taxes, please contact Alberta Education directly at 1-780-422-7125 or toll free by dialing 403-310-0000, then enter 780-422-7125.
No, we can not accept property tax payments on credits cards. Check our Methods of Payment page for all the ways you can pay your property tax bill.
If you are paying principal, interest and taxes (PIT) to your mortgage company, you will receive the original tax bill for your records and the mortgage company will receive an invoice for your taxes. Your tax bill will show the name of the company we are invoicing.If you believe you are paying PIT and the mortgage company name does not appear on the bill, contact your mortgage company immediately.If a mortgage company is indicated on your bill and this firm is no longer responsible for your tax payments, you are responsible for paying the bill.
Your previous tax information is here on the Town website:
Don’t know or don’t have an Username and Password?
No problem. You can register and access your information immediately by clicking on the blue Activate word. All you need is your recent Assessment Notice or Tax Bill.
Note: Keep your Under Name and password handy for future logins
To find your property tax balance, levy, or payments once you are logged in: