Why is property assessed?
The Government of Yukon is responsible for providing current, accurate and fair assessments to Yukon taxing authorities.
This information is used to determine how much you pay for your property taxes.
How are properties assessed?
Assessors consider a wide variety of factors in determining assessed value. Two of these factors are land and improvements.
Assessors generally use the fair market value of land to help determine the assessed land value of a property.
Land information includes:
- recent sales;
- location; and
- permitted land use.
Improvements refers to buildings and permanent structures on the land. We determine these values based on the current costs of replacing your building with a similar structure. If it is not new, we consider how much it has depreciated.
Building information may include:
- materials used;
- type of construction;
- condition of construction;
- quality of construction;
- finished area; and
- interior features such as flooring, plumbing and heating.
Building information doesn't include: furniture, kitchen appliances, decks, residential fences, sidewalks, landscaping, driveways or residential greenhouses.
What is a reassessment?
A reassessment is a review of a properties characteristics noted above and the value of buildings and land.
This review updates land and improvement values to keep them current and accurate for tax purposes.
Reassessments help avoid large increases or fluctuations in assessed value. This provides greater stability to the property owner, municipalities and Yukon government.
When is property reassessed?
Land and buildings are both reassessed every two years.
We reassess municipalities and rural properties in alternate years. In 2019 we will reassess municipalities. In 2020 we will reassess rural properties.
File a complaint about your assessment
- Contact the Property Assessment office to speak to a property assessor at 867-667-5268 or toll free in Yukon: 1-800-661-0408 ext. 5268.
- If you are not satisfied after speaking to a property assessor, fill out the bottom portion of your assessment notice.
- Submit it within 30 days from the mailing date on your notice.
In person: 308 Steele Street in Whitehorse. We are open from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Government of Yukon
Property Assessment and Taxation (C-9)
Whitehorse, Yukon Y1A 2C6
- Your complaint will go to the Assessment Review Board. You will be notified 10 days in advance of your hearing date with the time and location.
- Assessment Review Boards review assessed values and determine if properties are assessed on an equitable basis with other similar properties. Assessment review boards cannot review, control or adjust taxes or tax rates.