One of the most frequently asked questions received from seniors is whether or not seniors have to pay Education Property Tax. The education tax is a tax based on property assessment; therefore, seniors who own property must pay the education tax.
The Government of Alberta offers a Property Tax Assistance program called the Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program. The Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program allows eligible senior homeowners to voluntarily defer all or part of their residential property taxes, including the education tax portion. This is done through a low-interest home equity loan with the Government of Alberta.
If you qualify, Seniors Property Tax Deferral Program will pay your residential property taxes directly to your municipality on your behalf.
This program is facilitated through the Alberta Government, not Red Deer County. For more information, including application deadlines, call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre toll-free at 1-877-644-9992 (780-644-9992 in Edmonton).