Taxing units usually mail their tax bills in October. Tax bills are due upon receipt and the delinquency date usually is Feb. 1. If Feb. 1 is drawing near and you have not received a tax bill, contact your local tax offices. Find out how much tax you owe and make sure your correct name and address are on record. Failure to receive a tax bill does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest due, the delinquency date, the existence of a tax lien or any procedure the taxing unit institutes to collect the tax.

Your tax bill may include taxes for more than one taxing unit if these taxing units have combined their collection operations. Both the property owner and the owner's designated agent must be mailed tax bills. If your mortgage company pays the property taxes on your home, the mortgage company will receive the tax bill.

The tax collector must give you a receipt for your tax payment if you ask for one. Receipts are useful for federal income tax purposes and for ensuring that your mortgage company has paid the taxes on your home. In addition, your tax receipt is evidence that you paid the tax if a taxing unit sues you for delinquent taxes.

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