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Posted Tuesday, January 7, 2014
Pittsboro, NC- With the arrival of 2014, Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2014 property tax listing notices in the next few days. The Chatham County Tax Office mailed annual listing notices to residents this week, according to Tax Administrator Frances Wilson.
Any Chatham County property owners who did not receive listing forms by Monday, Jan. 6, should contact the Tax Office immediately at 919-542-8250.
Wilson said that taxpayers also are encouraged to review their property cards online at www.chathamnc.org/taxoffice or visit the Tax Office to verify information on file.
Taxpayers should pay special attention to the following:
The listing period runs from Jan. 2, 2014 to Jan. 31, 2014. Any personal property listings received by the county after this period will be subject to a late listing penalty equal to 10 percent of taxes owed.
Property Tax Relief for the Elderly and Permanently Disabled: Under North Carolina law, the elderly and permanently disabled may apply for property tax relief if their annual income is no more than $28,600. For those who qualify, a portion of the appraised value of their permanent residences may be exempt from property taxes.
The exempted portion is either $25,000 or 50 percent of the appraised value of the home, whichever is greater. For example, if a qualifying person owns a $60,000 house, only $30,000 of the house will be subject to taxation.
To qualify for relief, a property owner must have an income of $28,600 or less in the preceding year and must be either age 65 or older or must be totally and permanently disabled. New applicants for this tax relief must apply by June 1, 2014.
Those who received the exemption last year and still meet the requirements do not have to reapply for the exemption unless their place of residence has changed. Property owners who no longer meet the requirements of the exemption must notify the Tax Office.
If you are responsible for listing the property of someone who is deceased and who had qualified for the exemption last year, you must notify the Tax Office.
Property Tax Exemptions: Under state law, real estate and personal property used for certain religious, educational, or other purposes may qualify for a property tax exemption. Owners of property currently receiving the exemption do not have to reapply for the exemption, unless:
• The use of the property has changed;
• The owner has purchased additional property; or
• Improvements have been made to or removed from the property.
The deadline to apply for this exemption is Jan. 31, 2014
Land Use Deferments: Under state law, land that is actively used for commercial agriculture, forestry, or horticulture production may be eligible for reduced-rate taxation. Contact the Tax Office for more information on “land use deferments.” The deadline to apply for deferments is Jan. 31, 2014
Unpaid 2013 Property Taxes: Tax bills mailed in 2013 for real and personal property are due by 5 pm. on Jan. 6, 2014. Interest will accrue on unpaid tax bills starting Jan. 7, 2014. Normally the final date for payment without interest is January 5th, but the deadline was extended this year due to the 5th being on a Sunday when the office is closed.
Once the bills become delinquent, the Tax Office can begin collection procedures for late tax bills, including advertising unpaid real estate property taxes at an additional cost to the taxpayer. Unpaid real property taxes for the year of 2013 will be advertised in the newspaper in the current owners’ names.
Other collection procedures include garnishing wages (removing taxes from paychecks), attaching funds from bank accounts and income tax refunds, and foreclosing on property.
Contact Tax Collections at 919-542-8260 if you have questions regarding the payment of your taxes.
Other Questions: For more information about any of the items listed above, or your taxes in general, please contact the Chatham County Tax Office at 919-542-8250 or 919-542-8260.
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