Tax Questions:

When do taxes become due each year?
May I pay my taxes with a credit card?
What if my mortgage company is responsible for paying my taxes?
Do you accept partial payments?
If I mail in my payment, can I get a receipt?
What if I have misplaced my tax bill, can I get another copy?
What is the Homestead Exemption and how do I apply?
May I pay more than one tax bill with one check?
Is it true that if I don't pay my taxes by the deadline date that my property will be sold?
If I sell my home during the year, am I still responsible for payment of property taxes due in the fall?
What types of taxes does the Sheriff collect?



When do taxes become due each year?
 Taxes become due every year between November 1st and December 31st and are not subject to late fees until January 1st in which a 5% penalty will apply and February 1st until April 15th in which a 21% penalty applies.


 May I pay my taxes with a credit card?
 Yes. Effective January 2, 2008 we will be accepting credit and debit card payments. However, a small transaction fee will be added to your credit card in addition to the tax amount.


What if my mortgage company is responsible for paying my taxes?
 All tax bills are the responsibility of the homeowner and the tax bill will be mailed to the address on record for the owner of the property. Most mortgage companies will request a copy of our tax records and will pay the bills they have escrowed. However, if you’re not sure, you should contact your mortgage company to provide them with a copy of your tax bill to insure the tax bill is paid.


Do you accept partial payments?
No. The total amount of taxes due must be paid in full.


If I mail in my payment, can I get a receipt?
 Yes. Just send us a self-addressed stamped envelope with your payment.


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What if I have misplaced my tax bill, can I get another copy?
 Yes. At no charge. Also a copy may be obtained online.


What is the Homestead Exemption and how do I apply?
The Homestead Exemption is available to homeowners who have reached the age of 65 or who are disabled. This enables the Property Valuation Office to deduct $34,000.00 from the assessed value and the homeowner is then taxed only on the remainder of the assessed value. To apply for the Homestead Exemption, or for further questions, contact the Property Valuation Office at (859) 885-4139

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May I pay more than one tax bill with one check?
Yes. Each tax bill number should be listed (preferrably in numerical order) on the face of the check to assure proper credit is applied to each bill.


Is it true that if I don't pay my taxes by the deadline date that my property will be sold?
No. At the end of each tax season, (April 15th) the unpaid tax bills are turned over to the County Clerk for collection. Please contact their office at (859) 885-4161 to get delinquent information and date of tax sale. When they have their tax sale, someone can purchase your tax bill and then put a lien on the property and charge you for the tax bill plus 12% per anum.


 
If I sell my home during the year, am I still responsible for payment of property taxes due in the fall?
 Yes. If you owned the property as of January 1st, you are responsible for payment. However, your taxes may have been pro-rated at closing - in that case you need to consult with your closing agent.


What types of taxes does the Sheriff collect?
1) Real Estate (Including School Taxes)
2) Tangible Taxes (Equipment & Inventory)
3) Franchise Taxes
4) Limestone, Sand, Gravel Taxes



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