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Tax Arrears Payment Plan

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TAPP is an optional monthly Tax Arrears Instalment Payment Plan which allows taxpayers to make consecutive monthly payments for current taxes and taxes in arrears over a term not exceeding 24 months. Payments are made by pre-authorized transfer of funds from their bank account on the first of each month, rather than one single tax payment.

Frequently Asked Questions About TAPP

Why should you use TAPP?     

TAPP breaks the annual tax payment into monthly payments to make budgeting easier while still paying off the arrears. Regular payments are assured. If you are on vacation, out of town on business, or sick, your payment will be made on time. Convenient and reliable method of ensuring that your tax bill is paid. Individual plan to be determined to avoid progressive collection action such as a Tax Sale of the property. Convenience of not being sent collection notices.

Who can use TAPP?
All taxpayers whose taxes are in arrears are eligible.  Arrears are prior year taxes outstanding on January 1 of current year. 

How does TAPP work?
Regular monthly payments are made on the first day of every month for the term of the Tax Arrears Payment Plan. Monthly payments consist of:

  • Estimated current year taxes
  • All taxes in arrears
  • All estimated penalties during term of plan divided by number of months in plan

How do you apply for TAPP?
Please contact Collections by emailing or by calling 403.529.8113.

Withdrawal or cancellation of TAPP
You may withdraw from TAPP by giving written notice not less than 2 weeks before the next payment date. 

If any monthly payments are missed the City of Medicine Hat has the option to cancel the TAPP agreement.

If you withdraw, or the City cancels your TAPP agreement, all unpaid taxes become due and payable. 

Any payments that are dishonoured by the bank are subject to a service charge in accordance with the Dishonoured Cheque Bylaw.