Polk County property tax statements are being mailed this week

MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER has announced that 194,500 tax statements representing $831 million dollars will be mailed the week of August 25th, 2014 to property owners. Maloney reminds taxpayers “You don’t need to wait for a statement to make a payment. Your property tax information is already on our www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov website.  Due to the anticipated volume of walk-in traffic at our office, you are encouraged to use our modernized Treasurer’s online payment system at www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov where you may make full or partial payments.  Maloney states, “We would like to remind our citizens that the service fee associated with an electronic check is only $0.30.  In comparison, a postage stamp is now $0.49.  The web service is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week”. 

 

Maloney indicated “Many of the statements that will be mailed are information only for taxpayers that have their mortgage companies pay the tax.  If taxpayers aren’t sure about who is responsible to pay, they should contact their mortgage company”.  The deadline for payment of the first installment of the 2013/2014 property tax is Tuesday, September 30, 2014. 

 

Payments may be mailed to the office but must have a September 30 postmark to be processed without late interest.  To receive a September 30 postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, September 30, 2014, at the main post office.  The post office does not postmark on Sunday.  If mailing from an outlying post office, please check postmark deadline requirements with the post office to obtain a timely postmark.  Interest on delinquent taxes accrues at 1.5% per month. Company affixed metered mail dates do not supersede the post office postmark.

 

For further information call the Polk County Treasurer’s Tax Department at 286-3060.  When calling or coming into our office please have patience with our employees as they are learning a new real estate system.  Remember, most information can be found on our payment site www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.

 

The Iowa Department of Revenue announced in October 2013 a new Business Property Tax Credit (BPTC) signed into law June 12, 2013. The BPTC is a credit against taxes based on valuation, for commercial, industrial, and railroad property. For BPTC applications received and approved by January 15, 2014, the credit will be applied to the 2013 assessment and therefore calculated as a credit on this September property tax statement. For all future years, the deadline for applying in the local assessor's office is March 15th.

 

For information regarding the BPTC please contact the Iowa Department of Revenue at http://www.iowa.gov/tax/locgov/13PTReform.html, email PropertyTax@iowa.gov, or call 515-281-8450.

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