County

Property Tax Payments

When are my taxes due?

Property tax payments are due in two installments.  The 1st installment is due September 1st with late interest charged beginning October 1st.  The 2nd installment is due March 1st with late interest charged beginning April 1st.

When the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the deadline for remitting tax payments without late interest or additional late interest for delinquent installments is extended to include the first business day of the following month.

Property tax payments are due in two installments.  The 1st installment is due September 1st with late interest charged beginning October 1st.  The 2nd installment is due March 1st with late interest charged beginning April 1st.

When the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday, the deadline for remitting tax payments without late interest or additional late interest for delinquent installments is extended to include the first business day of the following month.


Can I make a partial payment of my tax due?

Yes, partial payments are accepted for current or delinquent real estate and manufactured home property tax. The amount of the partial payment must be greater than the late interest and fees due. Partial payments are not accepted for special assessments or tax sale redemption payments. You may make partial payments online or by mailing it to your County Treasurer. If mailing, please indicate on your payment that it is a partial payment of tax due.

Yes, partial payments are accepted for current or delinquent real estate and manufactured home property tax. The amount of the partial payment must be greater than the late interest and fees due. Partial payments are not accepted for special assessments or tax sale redemption payments. You may make partial payments online or by mailing it to your County Treasurer. If mailing, please indicate on your payment that it is a partial payment of tax due.


Why is my parcel number different this year?

We recently changed property tax systems and no longer use a district and parcel number to identify your parcel. Instead, we are now using the geocode that has always been associated with your parcel to identify it for payment.

You can still locate parcel details via the Property Tax Database by inputting either a legacy parcel number or the geoparcel number assigned to the parcel.

We recently changed property tax systems and no longer use a district and parcel number to identify your parcel. Instead, we are now using the geocode that has always been associated with your parcel to identify it for payment.

You can still locate parcel details via the Property Tax Database by inputting either a legacy parcel number or the geoparcel number assigned to the parcel.


What happens if my taxes are not paid by the due date?

Late interest accrues on the first day of each month if a tax payment is not paid before the due date at the rate of 1.5% per month (rounded to the nearest dollar) with a minimum charge of one dollar.

Taxes that remain unpaid could be subject to tax sale. Once the taxes are sold at tax sale, they are paid by another party. A tax lien is then placed on the property and if it is not redeemed within the time specified by Iowa law, the tax sale certificate holder may initiate proceedings to obtain a tax deed on the property.

Late interest accrues on the first day of each month if a tax payment is not paid before the due date at the rate of 1.5% per month (rounded to the nearest dollar) with a minimum charge of one dollar.

Taxes that remain unpaid could be subject to tax sale. Once the taxes are sold at tax sale, they are paid by another party. A tax lien is then placed on the property and if it is not redeemed within the time specified by Iowa law, the tax sale certificate holder may initiate proceedings to obtain a tax deed on the property.


Why don’t I see my Homestead, Military, 100% Disabled credit or abatement on my tax statement?

These credits, as well as any abatements, are handled by the County Assessor’s office. Please get in touch with them for further information regarding tax credits or abatements.

These credits, as well as any abatements, are handled by the County Assessor’s office. Please get in touch with them for further information regarding tax credits or abatements.


Why haven’t I received my tax statement?

Be sure that the Treasurer’s office has your correct mailing address. You can contact our office to see if the tax statements have been sent. Statements are only issued once a year in late August after tax certification.

Mailing addresses can be updated by request from a titleholder with the Change of Address Form.

Be sure that the Treasurer’s office has your correct mailing address. You can contact our office to see if the tax statements have been sent. Statements are only issued once a year in late August after tax certification.

Mailing addresses can be updated by request from a titleholder with the Change of Address Form.


How can I apply for the Low Income or the Senior and Disabled Property Tax credits?

Those who meet the eligibility requirements may file a claim through the County Treasurer’s office.  Applications are available from January 2 through June 1 each year.

Contact the Treasurer’s office for more information.

Those who meet the eligibility requirements may file a claim through the County Treasurer’s office.  Applications are available from January 2 through June 1 each year.

Contact the Treasurer’s office for more information.


I have a tax sale. How can I redeem it?

The Application and Affidavit to redeem the tax sale must be filled out, notarized, and accompany payment. The form can be found on our website. If making payment in the office, we can notarize your signature.

Partial payments of tax sales are not allowed. If mailing, we do not recognize the postal service postmark for a redemption amount. Please get in touch with our office for the amount due.

The Application and Affidavit to redeem the tax sale must be filled out, notarized, and accompany payment. The form can be found on our website. If making payment in the office, we can notarize your signature.

Partial payments of tax sales are not allowed. If mailing, we do not recognize the postal service postmark for a redemption amount. Please get in touch with our office for the amount due.


What time period does the tax year cover?

Property tax in Iowa is collected a year in arrears.

For example, the September 2021 installment covers the period of July 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The March 2022 installment covers the period of January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.

Property tax in Iowa is collected a year in arrears.

For example, the September 2021 installment covers the period of July 1, 2020, through December 31, 2020. The March 2022 installment covers the period of January 1, 2021, through June 30, 2021.


Why did I get a tax statement when my mortgage company is responsible for paying my taxes?

The County Treasurer is required by law to mail a tax statement to the property owner on all parcels in the county. If you are escrowed, the statement is for your records.

The mortgage company does not receive a tax statement from the County Treasurer. It is their responsibility to request the information from the Treasurer’s Office if they are responsible for paying your taxes.

The County Treasurer is required by law to mail a tax statement to the property owner on all parcels in the county. If you are escrowed, the statement is for your records.

The mortgage company does not receive a tax statement from the County Treasurer. It is their responsibility to request the information from the Treasurer’s Office if they are responsible for paying your taxes.


Can I make a payment over the phone?

We can take payment by credit card, debit card, or e-check over the phone. There is a fee for each payment method. The e-check is the least expensive option at $0.30 per payment.

Please remember that we experience very high call volumes and long wait times for calls, especially as we get closer to payment deadlines.

We encourage taxpayers to pay online via iowataxandtags.org to avoid the long queues and any delays.

We can take payment by credit card, debit card, or e-check over the phone. There is a fee for each payment method. The e-check is the least expensive option at $0.30 per payment.

Please remember that we experience very high call volumes and long wait times for calls, especially as we get closer to payment deadlines.

We encourage taxpayers to pay online via iowataxandtags.org to avoid the long queues and any delays.


I forgot I wasn't responsible for paying my property taxes and paid them. What happens if my mortgage company also attempts to make a payment?

If you paid your property taxes before your mortgage company payment is processed, the payment from your mortgage company will be returned to them. You will need to request a refund directly from your mortgage company.

If you paid your property taxes before your mortgage company payment is processed, the payment from your mortgage company will be returned to them. You will need to request a refund directly from your mortgage company.


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