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Posted on: February 16, 2021

Join our Monthly Tax Payment Plan

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Red Deer County’s Pre-Authorized Payment Plan (PAPP) is a simple, secure and convenient way to pay your annual property taxes. If you are currently on our PAPP, your first payment for the 2021 tax year was withdrawn on January 1. This plan allows property owners to have 12 months to pay their current year’s taxes. Tax notices go out in May every year and those that are not on our monthly payment plan will need to pay the tax amount in full by June 30 to avoid penalties. 

The monthly payment is based on the previous year’s tax amount divided into 12 equal monthly payments. This amount may be adjusted in June if the new tax notice that comes out in May shows an increase or decrease in the amount of taxes that an owner pays. An owner may join the monthly payment plan at any time from January to the April payment (March 20 cut off), and they can start again for August 1 (July 20 cut-off) as long as they catch up their payments from January to July. Owners cannot join during tax time from May to July. 

It is important to note that there is an advantage to joining prior to the April 1 payment date. For example, if an owner joins the monthly payment plan on April 1 and the yearly tax amount is $1200, the monthly payment would be $100 per month ($1200/12). The owner must pay for January, February and March’s month’s payments ($100 X 3) to bring them to current, in order to join starting in April. However, if the owner joins for August 1, the owner would need to pay for January to July (7 x $100) plus a 6% penalty applied on the full year tax amount (6% X $1200) because the owner was not on the monthly payment plan when taxes were due on June 30. Therefore, joining prior to April 1 (March 20 cut-off), owners can avoid paying any penalties. 

Owners can join the Pre-Authorized Payment Plan by contacting our Red Deer County office, filling out the appropriate form with banking information available on our website, www.rdcounty.ca, submitting the paperwork to the Red Deer County Office by the appropriate cut-off date, and making the appropriate month’s payments to bring their balance to current. Please contact our Red Deer County office at 403.350.2150 with any questions you may have about joining this plan.

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