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Chatham County tax listing forms mailed

Posted Tuesday, January 3, 2006

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Pittsboro, NC - With the new year, Chatham County residents can expect to receive their 2006 listing notices. The Chatham County Tax Office mailed annual listing notices to residents last week, according to Kim Horton, Tax Administrator. Taxpayers that have not received their notices by Friday (January 13) should contact the Tax Office for further listing instructions.

Other items that the public should be aware of include:

Personal Property Tax Listing: According to North Carolina law, all people who own personal property as of January 1, 2006 (with the exception of licensed motor vehicles) are required to list the property with the Chatham County Tax Office by January 31, 2006. The listing period runs from January 1, 2006 to January 31, 2006. Any listings that are received after this period will be subject to a late listing penalty of 10 percent of the tax owed. Personal property includes unlicensed vehicles, boats, mobile homes, airplanes, motors, and any appliances or other personal property provided by a landlord for tenants.

Property Tax Relief for the Elderly and Permanently Disabled: Under North Carolina law, the elderly and permanently disabled can apply for property tax relief if their annual income does not exceed $19,700. The law exempts the greater of $20,000 or 50% of the appraised value of a permanent residence from taxation. 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 be aged 65 or older or totally and permanently disabled and have an income of $19,700 or less per year. Persons 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 qualified for the exemption last year, you must notify the Tax Office. Applications for the relief must be made by June 1, 2006.

Property Tax Exemptions: Under state law, real 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 1) the use of the property has changed, 2) the owner has purchased additional property, or 3) improvements have been made to or removed from the property. Applications for the exemption must be made by January 31, 2006.

Land Use Deferments: Under state law, land that is actively used for commercial agriculture, forestry, or horticulture production may be eligible for taxation at a reduced rate. Contact the Tax Office for more information on “land use deferments.” The deadline for application for deferments is January 31, 2006.

Unpaid 2005 Property Taxes: Tax bills for real and personal property were due by 5:00 p.m. on January 5, 2006. Interest began to accrue on unpaid bills on January 6, 2006. These tax bills are now delinquent and the collector can begin collection procedures. Collection procedures include advertisement of unpaid real property taxes at an additional cost to the taxpayer. Unpaid real property taxes sold during the year of 2005 will be advertised in both the pervious and current owners’ name. Other collection procedures include garnishment of wages, attachment of funds, and foreclosure. The tax office can attach any state income tax refunds due to taxpayers. Contact the tax collector at 542-8260 to make arrangements to have taxes paid in full by June 30, 2006.

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 542-8260.

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