Property Tax

Annual property tax is expensive. That’s why it’s important to maximize every opportunity to reduce or recover it. Unlike the scrutiny given to income taxes, this annual tax often does not receive the special attention required. Undermanaging property tax can result in operating surprises and missed recovery opportunities for owners and tenants.

Navigating Canada’s complex property tax assessment process without the expertise of a tax professional is risky. Without the extensive knowledge and understanding of the appeals process, owners of commercial real estate will not be able to maximize their full tax recovery potential. We help you secure the best possible assessment outcome, enhance potential ROI from future tenants and minimize time while maximizing opportunities throughout the process.

Our team of Property Tax specialists are highly skilled and knowledgeable in the assessment and appeals process. Working with you one-on-one, we take the time to understand your unique situation and deliver the services you need to achieve your goals. Our services are customizable and flexible to ensure you pay the correct amount in property tax liability.

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  • Progress

    August 05, 2021

    Tax Alert: Bill C-208 represents a significant positive change to support family business succession in Canada

    Bill C-208 provides for the intergenerational transfer of certain family businesses to receive the same tax treatment as businesses sold to a third party. Businesses contemplating such a succession plan should reach out to their MNP Advisor as soon as possible to learn more.

  • Progress

    July 30, 2021

    New tax incentive on equipment purchase provides immediate benefit

    Federal Budget 2021 provides an upfront tax incentive for Canadian-controlled private corporations (CCPC) to undertake significant capital asset puchases. It does so by allowing for the immediate deduction of up to $1.5 million of certain depreciable property purchased from arm’s-length parties between April 19, 2021, and January 1, 2024.

  • Performance

    July 09, 2021

    Budget 2021 Professionals Must be Mindful of the Proposed Immediate Expensing Rules

    Changes from the 2021 budget could have a significant impact on tax strategies for professionals.

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Lee Thiessen MBA

National Leader, Real Estate & Construction

Lee Thiessen, MBA, is a Senior Partner in MNP’s Calgary office and the firm’s National Leader of the Real Estate and Construction group. Highly experienced, Lee focuses on helping clients achieve their short- and long-term goals, bringing strategic expertise and insight to each engagement.

Lee’s past and present leadership roles have provided strategic expertise and insight into the preparation of many real estate value challenges. As a seasoned commercial realty professional, he has provided strategic consulting expertise to many of Canada’s leading public realty firms, emerging private firms and high-net-worth real estate professionals.

Active for many years in both realty tax as well as commercial real estate consulting, Lee was a senior partner and leader of the national realty tax consulting service line at a Big Four consulting firm for eight years. He also was an executive vice president for a global commercial real estate consulting firm based in Toronto.

Lee holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree in Corporate Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, as well as a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Calgary. He is the chair of the Calgary Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA).