July tax season starts July 1. The office will get very busy. It will be good to see old friends and meet new faces too.
DUE DATES FOR TAXES ARE JULY 1, 2012, DELINQUENT AFTER AUGUST 01, 2012.
Remember the bill you received is the only bill you will get. Put your Real Estate bill in a safe place for your second half due in January. If you loose or misplaced your bill, you can call the office and I will gladly send you a new one.
For those who have recently purchased homes and are paying your own taxes, you may not have gotten a tax bill at your closing. Please call my office and I will reprint one with your name on it and send it to you.
If you recently re-mortgaged and are now paying your own taxes you will need to call the tax office to get your bills sent to you. Banks do not notify the office when they no longer escrow taxes. If they do, I won’t get notification till the end of July. So don’t wait.
Motor Vehicle tax bills are based on residency as of October 1. These taxes are due in full. They are not split. Delinquent bills are reported to the DMV. You will not be able to register your car till your taxes are paid in full.
For those who recently sold a motor vehicle: turn your license plate into the DMV ASAP. The Assessor needs a copy of the receipt you get from the DMV in order to adjust your bill accordingly. If you switched the plates from one car to another, then you need do nothing but pay the bills as they come. The DMV does not notify us if you change cars, change names, or sell a car during the year. That is your responsibility.
You can pay your taxes by mail or you can come in. Credit cards are not accepted. No personal checks will be accepted for anyone needing a DMV release to register a motor vehicle.
Please don’t wait till the very last minute to pay your taxes. If you have a problem with your bill and the solution cannot be fixed on time, you will be charged the 1.5% penalty per month. August 1, 2012 postmark is proof of payment on time. The drop box has no proof of payment on time. The drop box will be emptied at 5:00pm for the last time on August 1. Any payments dropped in the box after close of business on August 1 will be considered delinquent. Also for those who pay with an online service, the envelope your check comes in does not have a postmark on it. These payments will be considered delinquent if I receive them August 2nd.
Please call me if you have any questions, big or small. I will be happy to help you.
As always, it is my pleasure to serve you.
Anne L. Olszewski
Middlefield/Rockfall Certified Tax Collector