Chatham County property owners to receive 2020 tax bills in late August

Pittsboro, NC – Chatham County property owners will receive their 2020 property tax bills by late August, according to Chatham County Tax Administrator Jenny Williams. The deadline to pay 2020 property taxes without penalty is January 5, 2021. Taxes received after January 5, 2021, and not postmarked will accrue interest at the rate of 2% for January and 3/4% of 1% each following month.

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The fiscal year 2020-2021 county tax rate is $0.67 per $100 of value. The Moncure Fire Department received a $0.02 fire district tax increase from $0.125 to $0.145 per $100 valuation. The Town of Goldston increased its tax rate to $0.22 per $100 of value.

Williams emphasized the importance of taxpayers to carefully review their tax bills after receiving them. If they identify problems or do not receive their tax bills by August 30, they should contact the Chatham County Tax Office as soon as possible at 919-542-8250 or 919-542-8260. 

In some cases, taxpayers will receive one bill covering both real estate and personal property (such as a boat or mobile home), while some will receive separate bills for different types of properties. The bill will not include motor vehicles, which are billed separately by the NC Division of Motor Vehicles (NC DMV) as part of vehicle registration renewals. 

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 Solid Waste and Recycling by January 5, 2021. Waste fees will not be waived if applications are received after this date. Residents may contact Solid Waste and Recycling at 919-542-5516.

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 date posted on the tax bill. Personal property includes airplanes, boats and motors, mobile homes, unlicensed vehicles, or business personal property. 

“Residents should know that deadlines to appeal real and personal property values are set by state law and are not negotiable at the county level,” Williams said. 

Taxpayers are billed for any personal property they owned as of January 1, 2020. “For example, if you owned a boat on January 1st of this year and sold it the next month, you still owe the full year of personal property taxes for that boat,” said Williams.

Real estate property taxes also are billed based on January 1, 2020, ownership. However, 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 2020 tax bill to the new owners immediately to avoid problems with delinquent taxes,” said Williams. 

The Tax Office offers several methods to pay taxes, 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, residents should include their tax ID account number found on their tax bill on all payments. 

“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,” added Williams. The Tax Collector’s staff will begin reviewing accounts in January and will begin enforcement procedures at that time.

For more information on tax payment options, including payment by credit card, e-check or bank draft, contact the Tax Collections Office at 919-542-8260 or visit: chathamnc.org/TaxPaymentMethods.