VOL. 17 ISSUE NO. 9   | MARCH 2 – 8, 2011

MARCH 3, 2011

Second half of property taxes becomes delinquent May 1, 2011

Pay Online

PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with its Pay Your Taxes Online campaign, wanted to remind residents that the second half of tax was due Tuesday, March 1, 2011 and becomes delinquent after 5 p.m. May, 1. Making life a little easier for Maricopa county residents, the Treasurer’s office is allowing citizens to pay online—making it easy, secure, convenient and fast. For those who choose to pay their taxes online, please visit the website www.treasurer.maricopa.gov and follow the easy step-by-step instructions listed.

Not only does online bill pay save money and time, but you can take advantage of your credit card rewards program—so if you are a member of an airline mileage program, you can earn miles when paying your property tax. (The property owner must pay the fee, 2.35 percent, when paying by credit card.) The Maricopa County Treasurer sends a tax bill to the owner of the home, or to a party designated by the owner (for example, a mortgage company) each September with two payment stubs showing payment due and delinquent dates. The Treasurer also accepts e-Check payments up to $500,000 through the Web site with no service fee charged to you.

What’s at stake? If you fail to pay, several things occur. Interest is assessed by state law at 16 percent simple with approximately 1.3334 percent of the taxes owed added to the tax bill on the first of each month. Delinquent taxes constitute a lien that must be offered for sale in February following the May delinquent date. If the tax lien is not redeemed within three years from the date of sale, the purchaser may initiate foreclosure proceedings.

The property taxes collected by the Maricopa County Treasurer’s office are deposited in each tax district’s account in these approximate amounts; Maricopa County 14 percent, Education 68 percent and 18 percent to cities, towns and special districts.

For complete information about late fees, tax exemptions, the parcel watch program or other frequently asked questions, visit www.treasurer.maricopa.gov. If you have questions regarding your property tax bill, log on to the Treasurer’s office or call customer service at 602-506-8511.

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