Polk County Treasurer

Understanding Your Property Tax Statement

  1. Assessed Value: The assessed value for the parcel is the sum of the values for the land, dwellings, and buildings as valued by the assessor after application of equalization orders.
  2. Taxable Value: The taxable value of the parcel is the sum of the values for the land, dwellings, and buildings as valued by the assessor after application of equalization orders, assessment limitations and itemized valuation exemptions.
  3. Levy Rate: The tax rate is expressed in dollars and cents per $1,000 of assessed valuation. This rate is multiplied by the taxable value to produce the gross taxes.
  4. Tax Credits: Tax credits are deducted from the gross taxes or the taxable value in order to produce the net taxes.
  5. Tax Distribution: The name of all taxing authorities receiving a tax distribution, the amount of the distribution, and the percentage distribution for each taxing authority.
  6. Total Tax Levied: The total amount of taxes for each taxing authority and the difference between the current and prior years expressed as a percentage increase or decrease.
  7. The amount of the 1st installment of tax due by September 1st, delinquent after September 30th.
  8. The amount of the 2nd installment of tax due by March 1st, delinquent after March 31st.
  9. The payment stub for the 1st installment of tax to be remitted with a mailed orin-office payment.
  10. The payment stub for the 2nd installment of tax to be remitted with a mailed orin-office payment.
  11. Special Messages: Please read all special messages and call the Polk County Treasurer’s Office at 515-286-3060 for more information.
  12. Fiscal Year: Polk County’s fiscal year runs from July 1st through June 30th. This number represents the fiscal year when taxes are to be paid.
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Contact Us

Polk County Administrative Building
111 Court Avenue, Room 154
Des Moines, Iowa 50309-2298
Vehicle:  515-286-3030 (7-4:45 pm)
Property:  515-286-3060 (7-4:45 p.m.)
Vehicle@PolkCountyIowa.gov
PropertyTax@PolkCountyIowa.gov
Treasurer@PolkCountyIowa.gov