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Property Tax Assistance for Seniors

Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors Program

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program

 

Important Changes

Starting this tax season, the Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program will be income-tested. The program will be discontinued after this year (December 31, 2013).

The Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program provides a rebate to assist eligible senior homeowners with the year-to-year increases in the education portion of their property taxes.


Eligibility 

To be eligible for the Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program, you must:

  • Be 65 years of age or older
  • Be an Alberta resident
  • Own residential property in Alberta, and
  • Have had an increase in the education portion of your property taxes
  • Meet the income eligibility requirements

See the eligibility thresholds below:

Marital Status

Income

Eligible

Single

$31,675 or less

Yes

More than $31,675

No

Married

$63,350 or less

Yes

More than $63,350

No

A “base year” is set to determine eligibility for a rebate. The rebate amount is the difference in the education tax amount between the base year and the amount in following years.

For most seniors enrolled in the program the base year is 2004. If you turned 65 after 2004, your base year will be the year before you turned 65. In general, if you have moved since 2004, your base year will be established using your first full year’s property tax notice.

  • Rebate cheques are mailed starting in the summer after the property tax notices have been issued.

For more information click HERE

Apply

If you have already applied for Seniors Financial Assistance, you are already enrolled for the Education Property Tax program and do not need to apply. If you have not applied for Seniors Financial Assistance you will need to apply so we can confirm your eligibility for this program.

Education Property Tax information is provided automatically by some municipalities. If we cannot automatically obtain this information from the municipality, we will send you a letter requesting your property tax information.

To apply for the Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors program, complete the application form and send it to us:

Alberta Health
Education Property Tax Assistance for Seniors Program
PO Box 3100
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4W3


 


 

 

Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program


New this property tax season! The Seniors Property Tax Deferral program allows eligible senior homeowners to defer all or part of their property taxes through a low-interest home equity loan with the Alberta government.

How it works

If you’re eligible, you apply to the Seniors Property Tax Deferral program and the Alberta government pays all or part of your property taxes on your behalf.

We do this by giving you a low-interest loan that is secured against your home equity. You then re-pay the loan with interest when you sell your house, are no longer eligible for the loan, or at any other time you choose.

  • The Seniors Property Tax Deferral program is 100% voluntary, so it’s up to you whether you want to apply.

Application coming soon

Additional program details and application forms will be available in spring 2013. Check back here for information and updates, or call the Alberta Supports Contact line at 1 877 644 9992.

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