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2010 Chatham County tax bills coming soon

Posted Saturday, July 31, 2010

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Pittsboro, NC - Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2010 county tax bills in early August, according to Chatham County Tax Administrator Tina Stone. The county’s current tax rate is 62.19 cents per $100 valuation.

Stone said that it is important for taxpayers to carefully review their tax bills after receiving them. If they identify problems, contact the Tax Office as soon as possible by calling 919-542-8250 or 919-542-8260.

In some cases, taxpayers will receive one bill covering both real estate property and personal property (such as a boat or mobile home), while some will receive separate bills for different properties.

For residents living outside incorporated towns that offer municipal waste collection, the county property tax bill includes the county’s annual Solid Waste Fee. The county allows an exemption from the fee when a residence is not habitable or it has been vacant for more than two years.

To be eligible for the solid waste fee exemption, taxpayers must file an application with Chatham County Waste Management by January 5, 2011. Waste fees will not be waived if applications are received after this date. An insert in the tax bills explains the services provided for the fee.

The deadline to appeal real estate property tax values has already passed, but taxpayers may appeal the value, location or taxability of personal property within 30 days of the posted date on the tax bill. Personal property includes mobile homes, boats and motors, airplanes, unlicensed vehicles, or business personal property.

“It is important for people to know that deadlines to appeal real property and personal property values are set by state law and is not negotiable,” Stone said.

Taxpayers are billed for any personal property they owned as of January 1, 2010. “If you owned a boat on January 1 of this year and sold it the next month, you still owe the full year of personal property taxes for that boat,” Stone said.

Real estate property taxes also are billed based on January 1, 2010 ownership, but if the property is sold a few months later, the attorney handling the closing usually requires the seller to pay a prorated share of taxes, with the buyer paying the remaining balance. “We strongly encourage the seller to send the property’s 2010 tax bill to the new owners immediately to avoid problems with delinquent taxes,” Stone said.

The Tax Office offers several methods of payment, including the chance to pay in installments. The public can pay taxes in partial payments by either mailing them to P.O. Box 697, Pittsboro, NC 27312 or by visiting the Tax Office in Pittsboro in the Courthouse Annex. If making a partial payment, please include your tax ID account number, found on your tax bill, on all payments.

Those paying in installments must complete all payments by the January 5, 2011 deadline, as required by state law. Those who do not pay in full by the deadline will be subject to additional charges and enforcement procedures.

It is very important for customers wishing to pay in installments to begin as soon as they receive their tax bill and not wait until December or when the bill becomes past due on January 6, 2011. The tax collector’s staff will begin reviewing accounts in January and will begin enforcement procedures earlier than in the past. Accounts past due on January 6, 2011 may be subject to enforcement procedures.

For more information on tax payment options, including payment by credit card or bank draft, contact the Tax Collections Office at 919-542-8260 or click here to visit the tax payment webpage.

Residents not receiving their 2010 property tax bills by mid-August, should contact the Tax Office at 919-542-8250.

 
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