What is the relationship between "tax" and "assessment"?

  • font size:A
  • A
  • A

Too often, the terms “assessment” and “taxation” are considered to be interchangeable.  However, assessment and taxation are very different.  Although one impacts the other, each is a distinct and independent process. 


Assessment is the process of placing a dollar value on a property for taxation purposes.  This value is used to calculate the taxes charged to the owner of the property. 


Taxation is the process of applying a tax rate to a property’s assessed value to determine the taxes payable by the owner of the property.  That being said, you cannot file a complaint about your taxes, only your assessment. 


For information regarding your assessment, please contact Benchmark Assessments Consultants at 403-381-0535 or                       800-633-9012