Posted on 12/09/19
The deadline for Union County property owners to pay their annual taxes is approaching. Property owners should be aware of the key dates and deadlines within the Tax Administrator’s Office listed below.
2019 Property Tax Bills are Due January 6
Jan. 6, 2020, is the last day for Union County property owners to pay real and personal property taxes for 2019 without interest. Tax payments not postmarked by Jan. 6 begin accruing interest on Jan. 7 at the rate of two-percent for the first month late; and .75-percent each following month.
There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
All tax bills remaining unpaid after Jan. 6, 2020 will be subject to delinquent collections enforcement measures including bank levies, wage garnishments, and other measures allowed by state law. Taxes not paid by Feb. 28, 2020 will be advertised as delinquent in a newspaper of general circulation.
Listing Personal Property and Changes to Real Estate
January is referred to as the “listing month.” North Carolina law requires property owners to report changes to real property and to list personal property, both business and individual, with the Tax Administrator’s Office between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31. Listing forms on existing accounts are mailed to the owner by the end of December; however, failure to receive a listing form does not invalidate the requirement to file. Listings can also be made in person during the week from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Tax Administrator’s Office located at 500 North Main Street in Monroe in Suite 236 of the Government Center.
New business owners can list online at www.unioncountync.gov. Both business and individual personal property owners can obtain a listing form by calling 704-283-3746 or online at www.unioncountync.gov.
Property owners showing “good cause” can receive a filing extension to March 15 by applying online at www.unioncountync.gov or by sending a written request to the Tax Administrator by Jan. 31. Failure to list either business or individual personal property by Jan. 31, unless an extension is granted, will result in a 10-percent late listing penalty.
Real Estate property owners are not required to list because Union County is on a permanent listing system. However, property owners are advised to report any additions or deletions to their property in order to ensure accurate taxation.
Filing Applications for Tax Deferment and Tax Exclusion
Property owners wishing to apply for any tax deferment or tax exclusion programs should complete an application in January. Tax deferment programs include present use or farm use and circuit breaker. Tax exclusion programs include exempt, elderly, and historic properties. All programs have different requirements that must be met; such as ownership, income, and use, before deferment or exclusion status is granted. Property owners can apply online at www.unioncountync.gov or property owners interested in these benefits can contact the office by calling 704-283-3746.