Take Advantage of the Tax Installment Payment Plan
The Tax Installment Payment Plan is an easy and convenient way to budget and pay your property taxes monthly instead of one lump sum. Tax payments are spread out over the calendar year (January to December)
By paying your property taxes with a monthly plan, you can be certain your property taxes are paid in full each year and you will not incur any late-payment penalties.
This quick guide tells everything you need to know about the TIPP program such as how to join, what happens if you miss a payment, how to withdraw from the plan and much more.
Automatic Withdrawal - the Town will automatically withdraw funds from your account and make necessary adjustments to your tax payments. The withdrawal happens on the 25th of each month.
Self Administered Electronic Banking - the user is responsible to make specified monthly payments on the tax account via electronic/telephone banking.
To register for, or cancel enrollment in the TIPP's program, please complete the form(s) below and return them to the Town Office.
The Financial Services Department is responsible for administering and maintaining property tax and assessment information. Each year, Town Council approves an operating and capital budget. Once approved, the Town establishes a municipal mill rate (tax rate) which is applied to property assessments.
Mill Rate x Property Assessment = Municipal Tax
Your property tax is made up of three components, the Municipal tax, the Education tax (Alberta School Foundation and the Greater St. Albert Catholic School No. 734), and Senior Housing. The Town of Legal is responsible for collecting these taxes on an annual basis.
The Municipal tax portion is the property tax that is allocated towards operating programs/services and capital projects.
Operating programs and services include but are not limited to:
Human resources (administration, public works, and recreation staff)
Maintenance of parks, trails, and general beautification
Water and sanitary services
The Education tax is a requisition which all municipalities are mandated to collect on behalf of Alberta Education. The tax is directly remitted to the Province, and the Town has no influence or control over setting the Education tax rate. Click here for the latest Facts & Information Brochure
Seniors Foundationtax is a requisition by Homeland Housing. This requisition assists with cost of providing affordable seniors housing. A council representative is appointed to the Homeland Housing board and is responsible to establish budgets and associated requisitions. The seniors housing tax is remitted directly to Homeland Housing.
All residential and non-residential property owners pay education and seniors foundation taxes, including people without children and senior citizens. Eligible senior citizens may apply for the Alberta Seniors Benefit program, which is intended to assist with the payment of property taxes.
Questions related to the Alberta Senior's Benefit program and eligibility should be directed to the Government of Alberta at 1-877-644-9992. Questions regarding Provincial Education Property Taxes should be directed to the Alberta Education Property Tax information line at (780) 422-7125
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, businesses and homeowners may need extra time to pay their bills. On June 25, 2020 Town of Legal Council passed motions to provide the option for taxpayers to make property tax payments up to September 30, 2020 without penalty fees.
10% penalty is applied to any unpaid current year taxes after September 30
15% penalty is applied to any unpaid tax accounts after December 31
Payment of Taxes
Property taxes are due August 31 annually. Payments made after the due date are subject to penalty.
Payment can be made by Cash, Cheque, or Debit:
By mail: P.O. Box 390, Legal, AB T0G 1L0 - payment must be postmarked on or before September 30 to avoid penalty.
In person: Legal Town Office, 5021 - 50 Street, Legal, Alberta during regular office hours (Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. AND 12:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted).
Drop box: Mail slot located at the entrance on the south side of the Town Office, 5021 - 50 Street, Legal, Alberta.
Financial institutions: At most chartered banks, trust companies, credit unions, or via telephone or internet banking. Please allow up to four business days for payment to reach us.
Tax Installment Payment Plan (TIPP): Equalized tax payment plan, set up and approved by the Town every January 15 for Self Administered Electronic Banking. For Automatic withdrawal, the initial deadline to apply is January 15 of the current tax year. Once approved, payments will continue monthly each year with no need to re-apply.
It is important to contact the Assessor to review your concerns prior to filing an official complaint in case there was an assessment oversight. If it is determined that there was an assessment oversight, the Assessor has the ability to adjust the property’s assessed value. However, if the complaint is not validated you still have an option to file an official complaint.
As a reminder, the complaint process only applies to property assessment. Taxpayers cannot appeal their property taxes.
How to file an official complaint
To file an official assessment complaint the taxpayer must:
Submit the completed form with full payment of fees, as per the fee schedule below, to:
Town of Legal Attn: Clerk of the Assessment Review Board P.O. Box 390 5021-50 Street Legal, Alberta T0G 1L0
Submission must be received no later than the final date for complaint shown on the Taxation and Property Assessment Notice.
Note: Assessment Review Board Complaint forms and Agent Authorization forms are also available at the Town Office.
Residential (three or fewer dwellings and farmland):
Residential (three or fewer dwellings and farmland
Residential (four or more dwellings):
Assessed Value up to
$250,000 to $499,999
Assessed Value that exceeds
Assessed Value up to
$250,000 to $499,999
Assessed Value that exceeds
Who addresses your official complaint:
A Local Assessment Review Board (LARB) was formed to hear matters related to residential assessment complaints. LARB applies to residential properties with three or fewer dwelling units as well as farmland.
A Composite Assessment Review Board (CARB) was formed to hear all matters related to higher density residential and non-residential assessment complaints. CARB applies to residential properties with four or more dwelling units as well as all non-residential properties.
There is specific legislation that addresses the decision requirements when filing assessment complaints through LARB and CARB. Taxpayers filing official complaints should familiarize themselves with the appeal process as well as current legislation.
Taxpayers have the right to appeal LARB and CARB decisions through the Alberta Court of Queen’s Bench.
Important reminder: all property taxes must be paid by August 31 annually regardless of the appeal process. If the appeal process is successful the Town will issue reimbursements.
A financial audit is completed on an annual basis. The purpose of the financial audit is to examine the financial operations of the Town in accordance with legislative requirements.