Pittsboro, NC – The Chatham County Tax Office reminds those owning real estate, personal and business property as of January. 1, 2019 must ensure that property is listed no later than January 31, 2019 with the Tax Office. Listings received after this date will be subject to a late listing penalty equal to ten percent of taxes owned.
If you do not receive your listing form by January 20, 2019, call 919-542-8250 to make arrangements to list property by the deadline.
Note that the personal property listing forms are NOT used to list real estate property and any registered motor vehicles with tags. Registered motor vehicles are handled by NC Division of Motor Vehicles, rather than the Tax Office.
However, call the Tax Office if you made any non-permit changes valued at $100 or more to real estate property during 2018 or if you need to change the registration status of a vehicle. Examples of changes to real property include destruction, acquisition, erection, damage, etc. impacting the value.
Owners must list such property as unlicensed vehicles, trailers with multi-year registrations, mobile homes not designated as real property, all types of water craft, aircraft, and items used in a business. Business property also includes items used for farming, a trade or profession, or furnishings or appliances provided to a tenant.
Forms will be mailed out, but you also can pick up forms at the Tax Office in Pittsboro or download a 2019 Listing Form at www.chathamnc.org/TaxForms
You may mail in your completed listing forms, but must be postmarked by the US Postal Service no later than January 31, 2019 to avoid penalties. You also may list in person at the Tax Office, located at 12 East Street in Pittsboro. Bring all detailed information necessary to identify your property and its value. If forms were mailed to you, please bring them with you.
Taxpayers are encouraged to review their personal property information online at http://ustaxdata.com/nc/chatham/ or visit the Tax Office to verify information on file.
For businesses wanting an extension, owners should contact the Tax Office at (919) 545-8475 to request a business listing extension form that extends the deadline up to March 15, 2019. However, the business extension form must be completed and submitted no later than January 31, 2019.
Unpaid 2018 Property Taxes: Tax bills mailed in 2018 for real and personal property are due by 5 pm on January 7, 2019. Interest will accrue on all unpaid balances starting January 8, 2019.
Once tax bills become delinquent, the Tax Office can begin collection procedures for late bills through such methods as garnishing wages (removing taxes from paychecks), attaching bank funds form bank accounts and income tax refunds, attaching rental income, placing levies on personal property and foreclosing on property.
Also, unpaid real estate property taxes will be advertised in the newspaper at an additional cost to the taxpayer. The taxes owed will be advertised in the current owner’s name.
Contact Tax Collections at (919) 542-8260 if you have any questions regarding the payment of your taxes.
Tax Relief Options for Specific Property Owners: North Carolina law provides a few property tax relief options for the elderly and permanently disabled, disabled veterans and certain low-income property owners. You can find out more about these options and how to qualify at: www.chathamnc.org/taxrelief
Note that when you no longer meet the requirements of these programs, you must notify the Tax Office. Persons receiving the tax relief options are by North Carolina law required to have a periodic compliance review conducted by the Tax Department. If you are responsible for listing the property of someone who is deceased and who had qualified for the program last year, you must notify the Tax Office.
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.