FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

When are taxes due?

When were property tax bills mailed?

I made a payment that is not reflected on the bill I received in the mail. Why?

Do you charge for duplicate tax bills?

When is the tax sale?

How can I avoid tax sale?

If a property happens to be under bankruptcy, is it still eligible for tax sale?

Can I pay my taxes before they are mailed or prior to the due date?

We’re selling our house and the buyers were pre-approved. Do we, the sellers, pay this year’s taxes or do the buyers?

I don’t want to escrow my taxes anymore.  I want to make the payment myself. What is the process to make these changes?

If I purchase property next to my house, may I assign the same address as my house to that property?

What payment options do I have with regards to property taxes?

Who should I contact to redeem a property sold on tax sale?

Is it true that being delinquent on my taxes or even my water or sewer bill can affect my paycheck by having my wages garnished?

If I am the owner of a property that is currently going through the appeal process (performed by the Assessor's office), should I pay any property taxes that are due this upcoming installment deadline?

 

 

ANSWERS

 

 

 

When are taxes due?  The spring property tax deadline is May 10, 2016. From May 11, 2016 until until June 9, 2016, there is a 5% penalty assessed for all bills paid late (if you do not have prior delinquent penalties). Beginning June 10, 2016, the penalty fee increases to 10%. The fall property tax deadline is Nov. 10, 2016. All payments made from Nov. 11, 2016 through Dec. 10, 2016, will have a 5% penalty assessed to them (if you do not have prior delinquent penalties, including your spring amount). That penalty increases to 10% for any payments made after Dec. 10, 2016.

When were property tax bills mailed?  The date will be determined once the state of Indiana certifies the property assessments and certifies the tax rate at the beginning of 2016.  

I made a payment that is not reflected on the bill I received in the mail. Why?     Feel free to contact the Treasurer’s Office at 812-435-5248 if you’d like to double-check the correct amount you owe. That information is also available on our web site, www.vanderburghtreasurer.org. Payments made in the Treasurer’s Office and on the web site itself are posted to the web site one business day later.

Do we charge for duplicate tax bills?   No.

When is the tax sale?  The tax sale will be September 23, 2016 in the Civic Center, room 301.

How can I avoid tax sale?  To avoid tax sale this year your bill must be paid up to and including the 2014 pay 2015 spring tax installment (the bill that was due on May 11, 2015). This payment includes any associated penalties and special assessments prior to June 30, 2016. After June 30, you will also need to pay the amount owed during spring 2015 pay 2016 deadline, including special assessments and all associated penalties, and an additional cost of sale, which is $95.00. The payment must be made in our office no later than 4:30 p.m. on September 22, 2016.  After June 30, the payment must be made with cash, cashier’s check, or money order.  A charge card can also be used up to 3 business days prior to the tax sale date.  If additional questions are needed, please contact the Treasurer's office at 812-435-5251 or the Auditor's office at 812-435-5389.

If a property happens to be under bankruptcy, is it still eligible for tax sale?  Not unless the owner of that property is freed from bankruptcy prior to June 30.

Can I pay my taxes before they are mailed or prior to the due date?   Yes, payments are taken all year long and in any amount. Your payment will be applied to the next installment of taxes due.

We’re selling our house and the buyers were pre-approved. Do we, the sellers, pay this year’s taxes or do the buyers?  The answer to that question is up to the buyer and seller.  Generally, the buyer and seller specify which party will pay the taxes, and most times that agreement is made part of the property’s purchase agreement.  Sometimes that agreement is even made part of the deed.

I don't want to escrow my taxes anymore.  I want to make the payment myself.   What is the process to make these changes?   Before you do anything else, call the company that holds your mortgage and find out if that is even an option. Sometimes the financial entity that holds your mortgage REQUIRES that your taxes be escrowed in order to protect their investment. Escrowing your property taxes ensures the mortgage company that your home is not going to fall behind on taxes, greatly reducing the chances of the property eventually ending up on tax sale. A copy of your property tax bill is sent to both the escrow company and you, the property owner. If we are notified that your taxes are no longer being escrowed, we will honor your wishes. But please call the mortgage company first! If you have any other questions concerning escrow please call the Treasurer's office at 812-435-5248.

If I purchase property next to my house, may I assign the same address as my house to that property?  Our office does not have anything to do with assigning addresses. Please call the Area Plan Commission at 812-435-5226. This entity also has information concerning zoning.

What payment options do I have to pay my property taxes?

There are many ways to make payments with the Vanderburgh County Treasurer’s Office:

1.  Visit any area Old National Bank.  We highly recommend this option as it will help you to avoid long lines and parking issues. You MUST have the bill that was mailed to your home in order for the bank to process this information. If you do NOT have your bill you cannot pay at Old National Bank.

2.  Pay online using any major credit card. Visit www.vanderburghtreasurer.orgNOTE:  There is a 2.60% user fee to take advantage of this feature. If you are using a VISA Debit card the fee is $3.95, all other Debit cards are 2.60% user fee.

3.  Pay by phone using any major credit card. Call 1-800-2PAYTAX (1-800-272-9829).  You will need to provide the following “jurisdiction code” – 2405.  NOTE:  There is a 2.60% transaction fee to take advantage of this feature.  The transaction fee depends upon the amount of your tax payment.  A Transaction Fee Schedule is included with your tax bill under "Credit Card Payment Options."  The transaction fees are identical whether paying by phone or mailing in your credit card information.

4. Pay by electronic deduction from your bank account.  This is called Debit Option.  To set up the Debit Option payment plan, please contact the Treasurer's Office at 812-435-5248.  There is NO CHARGE to take advantage of this payment option.

5.  Mail in your payment with your credit card information filled out by using the credit card payment coupon provided with your tax bill. If you do not have the credit card payment coupon, call us at 812-435-5248 and we’ll mail or fax you the form.  NOTE:  There is a transaction fee to take advantage of this feature.  The transaction fee depends upon the amount of your tax payment.  A Transaction Fee Schedule is included with your tax bill under "Credit Card Payment Options." 

6.  Mail in your payment with check, money order, cashier's check, or the above mentioned methods to PO BOX 77, Evansville, IN  47701-0077.

7.  Drop off your payment in our drop box in front of the Civic Center.  You won't have to find a parking spot, stand in a line, or risk getting a parking ticket!  The drop box is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.  You may drop your spring property tax installment in the box on May 10, 2016, until 11:59 pm without having a penalty imposed.  The drop box will also remain open until 11:59 pm during the fall installment deadline on Nov. 10, 2016.

9.  Visit the Vanderburgh County Treasurer’s Office at The Civic Center, 1 NW MLK Jr. Blvd., Room 210. To avoid long line, enhanced Civic Center security, and parking issues, we recommend any of the previous payment opportunities.

Who should I contact to redeem a property sold on tax sale?  Please call Lisa in the Auditor’s Office at 812-435-5389.

Is it true that being delinquent on my taxes or even my water or sewer bill can affect my paycheck by having my wages garnished?  Yes, but this garnishment option refers to government employees only (anyone who is paid with any monies from local tax dollars). This includes police officers, firemen, teachers, college professors, sheriff’s employees, correctional officers, parks and recreation employees, etc. The reason behind this law is because the state legislature feels that if you are paid by tax dollars, then you have no excuse not to pay your taxes. IC 6-1.1-22-14, -15, -16, and -17 states “the County Treasurer shall search his/her records to ascertain if any person so certified to him is delinquent in the payment of property taxes.” If you have any questions concerning delinquent taxes and the possibility of being garnished, please the Treasurer's Office at 812-435-5248.

If I am the owner of a property that is currently going through the appeal process (performed by the Assessor's office), should I pay any property taxes by the upcoming deadline?  Yes, payment of taxes prior to or on the deadline date is required in order to avoid or reduce penalties that may occur.  To make a payment you have 2 options:  1.)  Pay the billed amount in full (prior to reduction from appeal) and potentially receive a refund due to a surplus from an overpayment; 2.)  Contact the Treasurer's Office @ 812-435-5248 to request an estimated amount owed according to the new assessed value per the appeal.  Do note that if option 2 is selected by the taxpayer, the potential for some penalties being owed can still be applicable in this situation but will be much less than if no tax were to be paid before or on the deadline date.

Last updated: 3/24/2016 9:39:39 AM
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