With the start of November comes another season of property tax collections in McCracken County. The 2018 tax bills will begin arriving in homes and business starting November 1st, which is the first day we will begin accepting payments in person, by mail, over the phone, or online. Taxpayers that have not received their tax bill(s) within the first five to ten days of November are welcome and encouraged to contact our office and request a duplicate copy. The original tax bill comes as a yellow bi-fold postcard that opens to provide the owner a summary of their property information and tax calculations on the upper half. The lower half of the bill should be torn off and returned with payment when paying in person or by mail. If any changes are made to an original tax bill, or if a duplicate is requested, the new bill will come in the form of a billing statement.
Each tax bill displays a box with four date ranges and an amount due beside each one. Payments received or postmarked within the first date range, November 1st – 30th, will be granted a 2% discount off of the base amount of their tax bill. The second date range, December 1st – 31st represents the time period in which our office can accept payment at the base amount of the bill with no discount or penalty being applied. If payment is made between January 1st – 31st, the amount due is increased to include a 5% penalty added to the base amount of the bill. The final date range extends from February 1st-April 15th, and all bills paid during this time period will have a 21% penalty added to the base amount. Payments submitted by mail should be paid at the amount due as of the date of the envelope’s postmark. Paying a tax bill at an amount different than what is due at the time payment is made may result in delayed processing. At this time, the sheriff’s office does not have the ability to accept partial payment of any tax bill, and any payment that is received at a lesser amount than what is due at that time must be returned to the taxpayer.
Last year’s new option of paying tax bills online carries on into 2018. Taxpayers can go to our website at www.mccrackencountysheriff.com and click on the “Pay Online” link. The taxpayer will need to have their tax bill available in order to have the proper information necessary for completing the online payment option. Some online payments may not post to a bill for up to 3 business days after the transaction is made, depending on the type of credit or checking account used for payment.
Once the taxpayer has received their tax bill, they should review the information thoroughly for accuracy and the need for any changes. All property and assessment information noted on tax bills originates in the Property Valuation Administrator’s (PVA) office, and only the PVA can authorize the sheriff’s office to make any changes or amendments to a tax bill. This information includes property description, location, assessment, and permanent mailing addresses. Our office is happy to change a mailing address on a current-year tax bill, but any changes that should be made for future years should also be filed with the PVA. Also, any taxpayer that is over the age of 65 or disabled may qualify to file for a tax reduction or exemption with the PVA’s office.
Taxpayers should feel free to contact the sheriff’s office if they have any further questions regarding their tax bill or payments. The beginning of each tax collection season brings about a very busy office and heavy call volume. We ask that citizens please be patient with our office, as we strive to provide each person with the assistance they deserve and make for a successful collection year.