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CATAWBA COUNTY TAX OFFICE TO MAIL 2014 PROPERTY TAX NOTICES

The Catawba County Tax Office is scheduled to mail more than 97,000 property tax notices by the end of the week of July 13, 2014.

The notices will be mailed with a courtesy return envelope for taxpayers to use to return payments to the Catawba County Tax Collector. Taxes will be due on September 1, 2014, and delinquent after Monday, January 5, 2015. Payment arrangements may be made prior to September 1, 2014. Delinquent taxes will be subject to a 2% interest penalty for the month of January 2015, and a 3/4ths of 1% penalty for each following month.

Taxpayers with an internet connection will find the amount of tax due online at www.catawbacountync.gov/tax. A taxpayer should look for a link on the left side of the page labeled “Tax Bill Search”, then click on that link. They should then select to search by the option “Owner Name” and enter a last and first name. Click on “GO” and then “Bill #” to see tax bill details.

Property owners may pay their taxes online, if they wish. They will need to use an abstract number, shown on the actual tax bill or the bill number on the Tax Bill Search page online, to make payments through the Pay Taxes Online link on the left hand side of the page at www.catawbacountync.gov/tax. A non-refundable convenience fee will be charged on all electronic transactions.

The value of the property is shown on the middle part of the property tax notice. Just below the value of the property, the tax rate for Catawba County (which remains at 53 cents per $100 of property valuation for fiscal year 2014-2015) and for a municipality, if the property lies in a town or city, is shown. Fire district tax rates, if they apply, are also noted. The amount due to both the County and a municipality is specified, and the total amount due clearly indicated. Notices provide taxpayers with a complete record of payment.

On the back of the notice, taxpayers will find information on how they may set up a payment plan in order to pay the taxes. If a taxpayer has an outstanding balance from previous years, a note will show on the payment coupon portion of the bill to call the County Tax Department about the outstanding balance. The amount of the existing balance will not be listed; only that the taxpayer has unpaid taxes due from prior years.

The notices also contain explanations regarding the due and past due dates for payment; the consequences for those who do not pay by January 5, 2015; and special information for escrow mortgage accounts. In the middle section of the notice, the abstract number, due dates and dates when interest begins are clearly printed, along with the Property Identification Number (PIN), the REID number, the location of the property and acreage information. A brief description of listed personal property is also included in this section.

For more information on the mailing of Catawba County property tax notices and payment options, you may contact the Catawba County Tax Office at 828-465-8414 or visit the County’s web site at www.catawbacountync.gov/tax Translate: