If I Don’t Agree With My Assessment What Can I Do?
Review your property information with an Assessor to make sure the description of the property is accurate. This is an important step. If you believe information about your property is not correct, arrange a meeting with your Assessor. Discuss any problems that might affect your property’s value. The Assessor may ask to re-inspect your property and correct the information if necessary. Remember that the value shown on your assessment notice is based on the estimated value of your property on July 1 in the previous year.
Filing a Complaint
If you wish to file a complaint with the clerk of the assessment review board, you have 60 days from the notice of assessment date on your property assessment notice. An assessment complaint must be filed using the Government of Alberta “Assessment Review Board Complaint Form” (number LGS1402). This form is available at the Municipal District of Taber Administration Office, you may also download it from our website or from the Municipal Affairs website: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca.
Please note: If an official assessment complaint has been filed against a property, the assessor is not obligated to provide information requested to you prior to an Assessment Review Board issuing a decision a the complaint filed about that property. If you have any questions regarding this, please ask your Assessment Review Board Clerk or your Assessor before filing an assessment complaint.
The complaint form asks for specific information about the property and the reasons for the complaint. You need to explain why the information is incorrect (e.g. the square footage on your property record is wrong), what the correct information should be, and what the requested assessed value is. You are also be required to pay a fee to file the complaint with the assessment review board. If someone will be acting on your behalf regarding your complaint you will also need to fill out an “Agent Authorization Form” (number LGS1405). This form is also available at the Municipal District of Taber Administration Office, you may also download it from our website or from the Municipal Affairs website: http://www.municipalaffairs.alberta.ca. This form will verify that you, the assessed person, authorize the party to act on your behalf in regards to the complaint submitted to the assessment review board. You will be asked for specific information about your property and the person representing you.