Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is an assessment?
An assessment is an estimate of a property’s market value as of a certain date.
2. Who is responsible for my assessment?
Property Valuation Services Corporation (PVSC) is responsible for determining your assessment.
3. What do I do with my assessment notice?
It is not necessary to do anything with it if you agree with the assessed value. If, however, you believe the assessed value is not a reasonable estimate then you can contact the Assessment office at 1-800-380-7775 or follow the instructions on the back of the notice if you wish to appeal.
4. Can I view my property assessment information online?
Property owners can view detailed information on their assessment by accessing their “My Property Report on www.pvsc.ca using their Assessment Account Number (AAN) and PIN access number.
5. Should I expect my assessment notice to increase or decrease from year to year?
The assessed value of your property will reflect the property sales in your neighborhood and factors which may enhance or detract from your property’s value.
6. I appealed my assessment last year. Is the change reflected in this year’s assessment?
The assessed values are based upon market value data as of a certain date. The value is calculated each year using a new date every year. Contact the Assessment department at 1-800-380-7775 to inquire how your appealed assessment last year relates to your current assessment.
7. How will my assessment affect my property tax bill?
The Municipality of the County of Inverness will set a tax rate each year which will be multiplied by your taxable assessed value (capped amount or market value) per $100 of assessment to determine your property tax. Your annual tax bill is generated in June and will reflect the actual current year’s tax rate multiplied by the current year’s taxable assessed value minus the Interim bill amount.
8. When is my tax bill due?
Tax bills are due the last Friday in August. A penalty of one percent (1%) per month is applied to outstanding amounts.
9. How is the tax rate calculated?
The Municipality’s budget must be approved by Council in order to determine the amount of money that is required to support each service (general government, protective services, transportation, education, recreation, waste management, etc ). The rate is determined by dividing the total money required by the total taxable assessment within the Halifax Regional Municipality. There is a general rate, as well as area rates.
10. Can I view my property tax accounts online?
Yes. The Municipality is implementing an interactive database, Virtual City Hall, which allows property owners to view their property tax accounts, utility accounts and any animal licencing they may have. This citizen self-serve tool will be available to all property owners in Late Spring 2017.