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Wildfire Tax Relief Program

Owners of property destroyed or irreparably damaged by the wildfire will see both provincial and municipal credits on their 2017 Property Tax Notices.

2017 Municipal Property Tax Credit

On March 28, 2017, Council approved a motion to cancel the municipal portion of the 2017 property tax for residential properties destroyed or irreparably damaged during last year’s wildfire. The motion was brought forward by Coun. Germain at the Feb. 21 Council Meeting.

The credit applies to every residential property that was uninhabitable as of Jan. 1, 2017.

Affected property owners will receive tax forgiveness until the first of the following occurs: the end of 2017, the property is sold to a new owner, or the reconstruction of the residence is completed.

2016 and 2017 Provincial Education Tax Credit

The Government of Alberta also committed to providing $5.1 million to cover the 2016 provincial education tax and $2 million to cover the 2017 provincial education tax for these same properties.

2016 Municipal Property Tax Credit

On Aug. 30, 2016, Council passed a motion under Section 347 of the Municipal Government cancelling a portion of the Municipal tax for residential properties for the 2016 tax year due to the wildfire. This was a recommendation from the Wood Buffalo Recovery Committee.

At the end of September, the Municipality sent letters to RMWB residential property owners who were on title on May 3, 2016, informing them of the amount of cancelled taxes they are entitled to under this program.

Contact the Assessment and Taxation department for more information at 780-743-7900 or assessment.taxation@rmwb.ca.

FAQs

How do I know if I qualified for wildfire tax relief?

Residential property owners of property that was destroyed or irreparably damaged are entitled to both provincial and municipal tax credits. If you qualify, these credits will be incorporated in your 2017 Property Tax Notice.

What if I sold my property?

A letter will be sent outlining the applicable credits you qualified for while the owner of the property. How much am I entitled to under this program?

I own a business in Wood Buffalo. Do I qualify for this program?

No, the Wildfire Tax Relief program is only available for residential property owners.

When are taxes due this year?

Property tax bills will be mailed to residents in May. Property taxes will be due by June 30, 2017.

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