WHAT WE DO


TAXervice will manage your property tax recovery process from beginning to end.


Once taxes become arrears, we can manage the process. We take care of the entire process until the property is redeemed, sold, or the municipality takes title.

What We Do:


  • Send all required notices to all required parties
  • Conduct all necessary searches and registrations at land titles
  • Publish all required notices
  • Arrange the auction (if applicable)
  • Convey title to the purchaser/municipality

What You Do:


  • Provide the information from the tax rolls
  • Receive payments from ratepayers and advise us
  • Sign documents requiring municipal signatures
  • Advise our office when payments are made
  • TAXervice and their team of professionals have been a lifesaver to me, as an administrator. They have freed up time that needs to be spent every year on tax enforcement. Our neighbouring RM recommended TAXervice to us, and soon after our Council was on board. Coming from a place where everyone knows everyone, having TAXervice deal with our tax enforcement properties shows the owners that the RM means business! TAXervice has helped our RM recover some very old outstanding arrears.
    L. Jean Jones, Administrator • RM of Fertile Valley
  • The RM of Springfield started using TAXervice in 2013 in order to reduce the amount of staff time required in the tax sale process. We were not disappointed. TAXervice handles every step of the process for us and at no cost to the municipality. We have a great working relationship with TAXervice staff and are thankful for the expertise and professional service they provide, making it a smooth process for both the municipality and the residents. Hiring TAXervice was the best decision we have made and would recommend them to any municipality not already using them — trust us, the only regret you will have is you didn’t hire them sooner!
    Susan Goertzen, Tax/Utility Clerk • RM of Springfield
  • Our municipality recently faced the daunting task of tax recovery. We chose to select TAXervice to assist us with the process. What a brilliant choice! TAXervice offered personal support and guidance as well as "one stop" shopping for the complete process, beginning to end, thereby allowing staff the freedom to take care of the day to day business of running the municipality. TAXervice eliminated the stress of dealing directly with the property owner and ensured the many technical requirements were met on time and done correctly.
    Betty Jurykoski, C.A.O. • Summer Village of Parkland Beach

How Our Fees Work


Generally, there is no cost to the municipality. Instead the cost of our service is paid by those ratepayers in arrears. All costs incurred, including disbursements, taxes, and our fees are charged against the roll number subject to tax enforcement.

The vast majority of properties are redeemed by the owner or mortgage holder. Our experience has shown that delinquent ratepayers respond when municipalities bring in a third party to assist with tax arrears recovery, causing property taxes to be paid sooner in the tax recovery process.

Those properties that are not redeemed are sold at auction or ultimately sold by the municipality after taking title and your costs are thereby recovered. Only if the property can not be sold would the municipality bear the cost of our fees and then only for that particular unsellable property.

Below is a brief outline of our fees (excluding disbursements and taxes) at various stages of the tax recovery process:

Tax Recovery Phases Fee
Property information setup, pre-notice letter from Taxervice, notice under FDMA, Arrears List for submission to Land Titles and Notification of lien registration to owners, discharge lien $295
Arrange for the public auction and advertisement in Alberta Gazette and local newspaper, prepare and arrange service of Notices on every owner and person having a registered interest, arrange conduct of the auction, arrange registration of title in the name of the purchaser/municipality $200
TOTAL $495

Note: If unforeseen complications are encountered, fees may increase to deal with those exceptional circumstances.
Below is a brief outline of our fees (excluding disbursements and taxes) at various stages of the tax recovery process:

Tax Recovery Phases Assessment under $17,500 Assessment over $17,500
Property information setup, preparation and publication of the Tax Enforcement List, registration of tax lien, discharge lien $225 $225
Six month notice, FDMA notice, PMB consent, Final Notice, title request $220 $270
Total: $445 $495

Note: If unforeseen complications are encountered, fees may increase to deal with those exceptional circumstances.
Below is a brief outline of our fees (excluding disbursements and taxes) at various stages of the tax recovery process:

Tax Recovery Phases Fee
Property information setup, FDMA notice, pre-notice letter from Taxervice $225
Registration of Notice of Tax Sale with land titles, First Notice and Second Notice to owners and registered interest holders, posting, publication, arranging auction, transfer of title, discharge lien $270

In addition to the above fees, all out-of-pocket costs such as title searches, process servers and publication of notices are added to costs and payable by the party redeeming or purchasing.

The only time our service costs the municipality anything is in the rare case when the property is not redeemed and the municipality is the purchaser of the property at tax sale.

HOW MUCH MONEY WILL YOU SAVE BY USING TAXERVICE?

The tax enforcement process typically adds up to many hours of time per roll number, accumulated at specific intervals over a multi-year period.

Once you factor in researching, correct procedure, time dealing with ratepayers questions or concerns, dealing with multiple properties in arrears, and delays caused by unforeseen circumstances or complex legal matters, you’ll see that using TAXervice will save you significant administrative costs.

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