OCTOBER 30, 2013

Maricopa County Treasurer reminds property owners to pay taxes online before the delinquent date

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PHOENIX – The Maricopa County Treasurer’s Office, in conjunction with its Pay Your Taxes Online campaign, wants to remind Maricopa County property owners that the first half of residential property taxes becomes delinquent after 5 p.m. November 1, 2013.  Making it a little easier for Maricopa County property owners, you can pay your property taxes online. It’s easy, secure, convenient and fast. Just go to www.treasurer.maricopa.gov and follow the easy step-by-step instructions.

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 a minimal card processing fee when paying by credit card.) The Maricopa County Treasurer sends a semi-annual bill to the owner of the home, or to a party designated by the owner (for example, a mortgage company).Annual property tax statements are issued with two payment stubs thereby avoiding the waste of tax payer’s money on a second billing. The County Treasurer also accepts e-Check payments through the Web site with no service fee charged to you. You may make payments up to $500,000.

"Property taxes are due whether you receive a bill or not", says Charles "Hos" Hoskins, Maricopa County Treasurer. "Property owners can go to our website and pay the property taxes in just a few minutes," he added.

What’s at stake? If you fail to pay, interest is assessed BY STATE LAW at 16 percent per annum prorated monthly. If the taxes are not paid in full within 13 months, a 5 percent advertising fee or $5, whichever is greater, is assessed. During the 16 month, the Treasurer's Office offers a tax lien on the property for sale. 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 directly invested in the community, primarily education. By paying your taxes, residents are helping to secure the future of Arizona’s children with approximately 75 percent going directly to education. The additional funds go to Maricopa County (10 percent) with the rest going to cities, towns and special districts (15 percent).

For complete information about late fees, tax exemptions, the parcel watch program or other frequently asked questions, visit www.treasurer.maricopa.gov

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