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Rural Non-Residential Small Business Tax Class

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At the Council Meeting on May 8, 2018, Council approved a motion creating a new tax sub-class for rural non-residential small business.

Property within this tax sub-class must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently taxed as rural non-residential;
  • Property must be owned or leased by a business (properties subleased are excluded);
  • Business must hold an RMWB Business Licence as of December 31, 2017*;
  • Business must have fewer than 50 employees across Canada; and
  • Business must not be a designated industrial property as identified by the Provincial Assessor.

*If your business is located within the rural service area and provincial legislation does not require you to hold an RMWB business licence, please contact Philip Schofield, Regional Assessor, at philip.schofield@rmwb.ca.

Properties that meet the criteria will receive a 25 per cent reduction from the rural non-residential municipal tax rate.

2018 Property Tax Notices have been mailed and do not reflect this new tax rate. If you believe your property qualifies for this new rural non-residential small business tax class, you must complete an application and submit it for review. Regardless of the status of your application, taxes are due June 29, 2018.

You can submit your application online, by email to smallbusiness.taxrate@rmwb.ca, or by mail or in-person to the Regional Assessor’s Office:

Regional Assessor’s Office
3rd Floor, 9909 Franklin Avenue
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 2K4

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions or contact Assessment and Taxation at 780-743-7900 (Fort McMurray), or 1-800-973-9663 (rural areas).

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