MARY MALONEY, POLK COUNTY TREASURER has announced that 180,000 tax statements representing $915 million dollars will begin being dropped in the mail late in the week of August 21st, 2017 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 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 first installment deadline for property tax due in fiscal year 2017-2018 is Monday, October 2, 2017.
Payments may be mailed to the office but must have an October 2nd postmark to be processed without late interest. To receive an October 2nd postmark, please mail by 8:30 p.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, 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. Remember, most information can be found on our payment site www.IowaTaxAndTags.gov.