Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that real estate and personal property tax payments must be paid or postmarked (not metered) by the United States Postal Service today, Jan. 7, 2013, to avoid interest charges.
Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after Jan. 7, 2013 will be charged two percent interest for the month of January and an additional three-quarters of one percent every month thereafter until paid.
The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector's office has mailed reminder postcards to all taxpayers with unpaid 2012 real estate and personal property taxes. The postcard serves as a reminder to those who have not yet paid their taxes for the current tax year.
The Tax Collector intends to advertise unpaid real estate and personal property taxes (except registered motor vehicles) as being delinquent in local newspapers and an advertisement fee would be added to each tax bill.
All delinquent property taxes are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure and auction of property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize North Carolina income tax refunds and lottery winnings to satisfy delinquent taxes.
There are five ways to pay:
* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit
card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted
at the Tax Collector's office. There is no charge for eCheck payments.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 311.
Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-7600 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week.
More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector's website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.
Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the listing as of Jan. 1, 2012.
According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.
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