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AUGUST 25, 2014
 
2014 PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE DUE TO BE MAILED THIS MONTH
 
Charlotte, NC – Mecklenburg County will begin mailing 2014 property tax bills during the week of August 25, 2014. Tax bills are being sent for real property, individual personal property, and business personal property taxes. These bills are due September 1, 2014. Tax bills can be paid without interest through January 5, 2015.

There are 387,919 tax bills that will be mailed.  For certain properties whose value or tax records are still being processed by the Tax Assessor’s Office the respective tax bills will be mailed daily through the end of October.

All tax bills paid on or after January 6, 2015 will be assessed interest at a rate of two percent (2%) for the first month, and three-quarters percent (3/4%) every month thereafter until paid. For those with a mortgage escrow account, their real property tax bills are typically sent directly to the mortgage holder for payment.

The reverse side of the tax bill contains a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. Property owners who have further questions concerning their 2014 tax bill can contact CharMeck311 by dialing 311 within Mecklenburg County or 704-336-7600 from outside the County. Additional information can be found at
http://tax.charmeck.org.

There are five ways to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Visit
paytax.charmeck.org for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.*
• By phone: Dial toll-free 1-800-994-1026 for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.*  
• By mail: Mail a check or money order and payment stub using the return envelope that accompanied the tax bill.
 In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office located in the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only cash, money order, or check payments are accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
• Online Banking: Payments are sent from your bank. A payment may take up to four business days, after it has been authorized, before it is applied to the tax bill. The entire 24-digit tax bill number must be entered in the online bill pay account number field to ensure proper payment posting to the tax bill. The payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the tax bill number is missing or incorrect. Tax bill numbers from previous payments must be deleted and replaced with a current tax bill number for each payment. Note: This payment option is not recommended for tax payments. Any interest accrued due to a rejected payment cannot be removed from the tax bill.

*A service fee of 2.35% or a minimum of $1.95 is charged for credit card or debit card payments. There is no service fee for eCheck payments.
Taxpayers should be aware that customer service counters at Bob Walton Plaza for both the Tax Assessor’s Office and the Office of the Tax Collector will be closed on Monday September 1, 2014 for Labor Day.
 
 
June 18, 2014
Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector
IMPORTANT NOTICE REGARDING THE 2014-2015 PRIVILEGE LICENSE TAX
DUE AND DELINQUENT DATE CHANGES
Due Date: July 31, 2014 (Please remit payment on or before this date)
Delinquent Date: August 1, 2014 (Payments on or after this date are delinquent)
Online Payment Option: paytax.charmeck.org
Classification Code Listing: tax.charmeck.org
Customer Assistance: Call 311 or (704) 336-7600
On May 29, 2014, the North Carolina General Assembly passed, and the Governor signed, a law that impacted privilege license taxes in North Carolina.  Due to the timing of this debate and the resulting law change, the Office of the Tax Collector did not mail privilege license renewal applications in May as it has in the past because changes to the tax law were anticipated.  The Charlotte City Council and Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners both modified their respective privilege license ordinances establishing the due and delinquent dates noted on this document.  The prior due date of July 1 and delinquent date of July 2 are no longer in effect.
The new privilege license legislation mandates that only businesses physically located within a city or county are subject to the tax for the 2014 – 2015 tax year. Renewal applications were not mailed to businesses that are not located within the City of Charlotte or Mecklenburg County.  The legislation also repealed the authority of a city and county to levy future privilege license taxes beginning with the 2015 – 2016 tax year.  As a result, this is the last year the privilege license tax will be levied, however, the Tax Collector remains empowered to collect delinquent taxes and audit prior year taxes beyond the next tax year.
Thank you for your patience and understanding as the legislative process progressed and the Office of the Tax Collector made the changes necessary to administer the tax under the new law.  Please contact the Charlotte-Mecklenburg 311 Center with questions or for more information.
 
June 10, 2014
City Council Adopts Ordinance for the Business Privilege License Tax
Charlotte, N.C. – At their June 9 business meeting, City Council adopted an ordinance amending the City Code to conform to recent legislative changes to the City’s Business Privilege Tax. The amendment moves the due date for the privilege license tax from July 1, 2014 to July 31, 2014.
On May 29, 2014, the NC General Assembly passed and the Governor signed into law a bill that re-authorized cities to levy privilege license taxes, which was inadvertently repealed in 2013. The bill limits the re-authorized tax to the upcoming fiscal year only, which starts July 1, 2014, and its application only to businesses that are physically located in the City. Governor McCrory and members of the NC General Assembly have expressed their commitment to working with North Carolina local governments to identify an alternative funding solution. The tax generates approximately $18 million in revenue for the City of Charlotte.
Due to these recent changes, the County Tax Collector did not send renewal applications in mid-May for 2014-2015 taxes. Now that the authority has been re-authorized, the Tax Collector will mail renewals to businesses subject to the tax by June 30. The due date has been moved to July 31, 2014 to give businesses time to pay the tax. Taxes paid on or after August 1, 2014 will be subject to additional taxes for late payment. Some businesses may be subject to both a City and County tax.
For more information:
      · Dial 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County and 704-336-7600 if calling outside  Mecklenburg County.
      · File and Pay your business taxes online at http://paytax.charmeck.org
      · E-mail inquiries to: TaxBusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
Visit the Business Tax Collections Office, Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, from 8 am – 5 p.m.
 
April 4, 2014 
DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX OWNERS WILL BE ADVERTISED IN THE
CHARLOTTE OBSERVER 
Charlotte, NC – About 28,000 Mecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their 2013 real and personal property tax bills will have their names and the principle amount they owe published, as required by state law, in The Charlotte Observer, on Sunday, April 6, 2014.  Bills paid after Feb. 28, 2014 may be included in the advertisement. Visit tax.charmeck.org to use the property tax system tool to determine the current amount due for any delinquent real estate or personal tax bill.
The purpose of the advertisement is to notify taxpayers of their 2013 tax obligation. Delinquent taxpayers may also run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes.
Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C.SetoffDebtProgram, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the state. The state distributes the income tax refund money and/or lottery winnings of delinquent taxpayers to the County to satisfy the tax debt.
 
The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes. These actions may be taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent in the advertisement of delinquent taxes.
There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
• By Internet: Log on to paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or e-check.*
• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by e-check.* Service is available in English or Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.
• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.
• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.
* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no charge for eCheck payments. 
 
  
DECEMBER 31, 2013
AVOID THE INTEREST: PROPERTY TAXES DUE BY JAN. 6, 2014
Charlotte, NC – Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that real estate and personal property tax payments must be paid or postmarked (not metered) by the United States Postal Service on or before Jan. 6, 2014, to avoid interest charges.
Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after Jan. 6, 2014 will be charged two percent interest for the month of January and an additional three-quarters of one percent every month thereafter until paid.
 
The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector’s office mailed postcards to all taxpayers with unpaid 2013 real estate and personal property taxes. The postcard serves as a reminder to those who have not yet paid their taxes for the current tax year.
The Tax Collector intends to advertise the owner name for unpaid real estate and personal property taxes (except registered motor vehicles) as being delinquent in local newspapers by April 2014. For each advertisement, the advertisement fee will be added to the tax bill advertised. All delinquent property taxes are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure and auction of property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize North Carolina income tax refunds and lottery winnings to satisfy delinquent taxes.
 
There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
• By Internet: visit http://paytax.charmeck.org to use your credit card, debit card or eCheck.*
• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by eCheck.* Service is available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.
• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.
• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Cash, money order or checks are accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.
* A service fee of 2.35% or a minimum fee of $1.95 is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. The service fee is not collected by the County. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no service fee for eCheck payments.
Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the tax record as of Jan. 1, 2013. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-7600 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and click on “Office of the Tax Collector.”

 
 
OCTOBER 4, 2014
FRIDAY IS CINNAMON BUN DAY
 
Charlotte, NC – Friday is Cinnamon Bun Day and IKEA Charlotte is marking the occasion by giving away free cinnamon buns from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. to people paying their taxes at the Mecklenburg County Office of the Tax Collector. IKEA Charlotte will also be giving away cinnamon buns at its store, 8300 IKEA Blvd., Charlotte, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.
 
“We appreciate our customers,” said Mecklenburg County Tax Collector Neal L. Dixon. “To show our appreciation, we have partnered with IKEA to offer visitors to the Walton Plaza a complimentary cinnamon bun on Cinnamon Bun Day. This is a way for us to say thank you to our customers as they fulfill their civic duty.”
 
Mecklenburg County real estate and personal property tax bills were due on Sept. 1 and are payable through Jan. 6, 2014.  
IKEA stores across the country are participating in National Cinnamon Bun Day activities; IKEA Charlotte decided to reach out to Dixon and his crew as an effort to celebrate Cinnamon Bun Day not just in the store, but out in the community, where people are carrying out their civic duties.
“We have partnered with several different Mecklenburg County offices in the past and reaching out to the Tax Office and giving people a warm, sweet cinnamon bun when they show up to pay their taxes just seemed like a good idea,” said IKEA Charlotte Spokesman Brian Gott. “I wish we could do this every day.”
IKEA’s mission is to create a better everyday life for the many. IKEA Charlotte works to do this by supporting local non-profit organizations and other groups that help children, the community, and the environment.
IKEA Charlotte, though just three-and-a-half years old, has been actively involved in collaborations with organizations that make life better for the people who live in the area, including Mecklenburg County Foster Parent Association, the United Way of Central Carolinas, Better Business Bureau of Southern Piedmont, UNC Charlotte’s Student Health Center, Crisis Assistance Ministry’s Furniture Bank, and the Regional AIDS Interfaith Network, among others.
IKEA strives to be ‘The Life Improvement Store,’ and since its 1943 founding in Sweden has offered home furnishings of good design and function at low prices so the majority of people can afford them. There are currently more than 330 IKEA stores in 40 countries, including 38 in the U.S. IKEA has been ranked in FORTUNE’s annual “100 Best Companies to Work For” list, Working Mother magazine’s annual list of “100 Best Companies for Working Mothers” and Training magazine’s annual “Top 100.” IKEA incorporates sustainability into day-to-day business and supports initiatives benefiting children and the environment. For more information, go to IKEA-USA.com.


 
AUGUST 23, 2013
2013 PROPERTY TAX BILLS ARE DUE TO BE MAILED THIS MONTH

Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office will begin mailing 2013 property tax bills the week of August 26, 2013.
 
Tax bills are being sent for real property, individual personal property, and business personal property and are payable beginning September 1, 2013.
 
Tax bills can be paid without interest through January 6, 2014.

Of the 381,339 tax bills that will be issued for 2013, some will be withheld until the second billing in October.  The second billing is a normal procedure for certain properties whose values or tax records are still being processed before the respective tax bills can be issued. Billing is postponed for properties currently under appeal at all levels, properties whose value changed due to remodeling or new construction and whose notices have not been sent, and certain properties under active review by Pearson’s Appraisal Services. The Assessor’s Office hopes to include value changes on as many of the bills mentioned above as possible.
 
For those with a mortgage escrow account, real property tax bills are typically sent directly to the mortgage holder for payment.

All tax bills paid on or after January 7, 2014 will be assessed interest at a rate of two percent (2%) for the first month and three-quarters percent (3/4%) every month thereafter until paid.

The reverse side of the tax bill contains a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. Property owners who have further questions concerning their 2013 tax bill can contact CharMeck311 by dialing 311 within Mecklenburg County or 704-336-7600 from outside the County. Additional information can be found at
http://tax.charmeck.org.

There are five ways to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Visit
paytax.charmeck.org for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.*
• By phone: Dial toll-free 1-800-994-1026 for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.*
• By mail: Mail a check or money order using the return envelope that accompanied the tax bill.
 In person: Pay at the Office of the Tax Collector located in the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only cash, money order or check payments are accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
• Online Banking: Payments are sent electronically from your bank. A payment may take up to four business days after it has been authorized to be applied to the tax bill. The entire 24-digit tax bill number must be entered in the online bill pay account number field to ensure proper payment posting to the tax bill. If the tax bill number is missing or incorrect the payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution. Tax bill numbers from previous payments must be deleted and replaced with a current tax bill number for each payment. 

*A service fee of 2.35% or a minimum of $1.95 is charged for credit card or debit card payments. There is no service fee for eCheck payments.
Taxpayers should be aware that customer service counters at Bob Walton Plaza for both the Assessor’s Office and the Office of the Tax Collector will be closed on Monday, September 2, 2013 for Labor Day.
 

 
MAY 24, 2013
BUSINESS OWNERS MUST RENEW PRIVILEGE LICENSES BY JULY 1

Charlotte, NC - The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector reminds business owners that their annual privilege license must be renewed on or before July 1, 2013 to avoid paying a penalty. Notices will be mailed May 28 - 30 to approximately 39,600 business owners in the County.

Most businesses operating in Mecklenburg County are required to obtain a privilege license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and those who have full-time and part-time operations.
Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business. In most cases, the license tax is based on the amount of gross receipts from the preceding tax year. New businesses and/or businesses that have not been in business 12 months must provide their projected gross sales for the coming year. The tax rate for businesses that pay based on gross receipts is $0.60 per $1,000 with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $10,000.
 
The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections Office immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Collectors are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license. For more information:
 
• File and Pay your business taxes online at http://paytax.charmeck.org
• E-mail inquiries to: TaxBusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
• Dial 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County and 704-336-7600 if calling outside Mecklenburg County.
• Visit the Business Tax Collections Office, Hal Marshall Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.



March 1, 2013

DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX OWNERS WILL BE ADVERTISED IN THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

Charlotte, NC-About 35,000 Mecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their 2012 real and personal property tax bills will have their names and the amount they owe published, as required by state law, in The Charlotte Observer, on Sunday, April 7, 2013.  Bills paid after March 7, 2013 may be included in the advertisement.  Visit tax.charmeck.org to use the property tax system tool to determine the current amount due for any delinquent real estate or personal tax bill. 

The purpose of the advertisement is to notify taxpayers of their 2012 tax obligation. Delinquent taxpayers may also run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes.

Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C. Debt Setoff Program, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the state. The state distributes income tax refund money to the county to satisfy the tax debt.
 
The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes. These actions may be taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent in the advertisement of delinquent taxes.

There are five ways to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Log on to paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or e-check.*

• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by e-check.* Service is available in English or Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.

• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.

 In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd, Charlotte, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.

* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no charge for eCheck payments.



JANUARY 7, 2013

AVOID THE INTEREST: PROPERTY TAXES DUE BY JANUARY 7, 2013

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that real estate and personal property tax payments must be paid or postmarked (not metered) by the United States Postal Service today, Jan. 7, 2013, to avoid interest charges.

Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after Jan. 7, 2013 will be charged two percent interest for the month of January and an additional three-quarters of one percent every month thereafter until paid.
 
The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector’s office has mailed reminder postcards to all taxpayers with unpaid 2012 real estate and personal property taxes. The postcard serves as a reminder to those who have not yet paid their taxes for the current tax year.

The Tax Collector intends to advertise unpaid real estate and personal property taxes (except registered motor vehicles) as being delinquent in local newspapers and an advertisement fee would be added to each tax bill. All delinquent property taxes are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure and auction of property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize North Carolina income tax refunds and lottery winnings to satisfy delinquent taxes.
 
There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
• By Internet: visit http://paytax.charmeck.org to use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.

• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by eCheck. Service is available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.*

• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.

• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no charge for eCheck payments.

Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-7600 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.

Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the tax record as of Jan. 1, 2012. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.



DECEMBER 20, 2012


COUNTY'S LICENSE PLATE RECOGNITION SOFTWARE RESULTS IN ADDITIONAL TAX COLLECTIONS.

Charlotte, NC – A joint effort between the Sheriff’s Office and Office of the Tax Collector has resulted in $74,000 in taxes being paid that had been delinquent.
 
In July, Sheriff Chipp Bailey and Tax Collector Neal Dixon announced that they had begun using License Plate Recognition software that employs cameras mounted on sheriff’s deputies’ cars looking for the license plates of owners who were delinquent paying their vehicle property taxes. Nine deputies rotate in and out of the specially equipped cars and when the equipment gets a hit on a delinquent plate, the deputy places a warning sticker on the vehicle with notice that the tax must be paid within two days.
 
As of mid-December, 659 delinquent plates had been detected and 71 percent of the owners have now paid their past-due taxes amounting to nearly $74,000.
 
The original delinquent database contained 75,000 plates and 10,000 new delinquents are added to the database each month. The License Plate Recognition software is being used by many municipalities around the country with collections far exceeding the cost of the equipment. The Sheriff’s Office initial investment in the cameras, laptops and printers was less than $40,000.


OCTOBER 29, 2012

MECKLENBURG COUNTY SENDS SECOND PROPERTY TAX BILLING

Charlotte, NC -- Mecklenburg County will mail 97,000 additional 2012 property tax bills to business and individual property owners and mortgage companies on October 30. 

Most of this year’s 355,000 bills were mailed on August 29. This second annual billing is a normal procedure for certain properties whose value or tax records were being processed at the time of the first annual billing. Examples include properties whose values were appealed in 2011 but the cases had not been heard by the Board of Equalization and Review, and properties changing value in 2012 as a result of new construction or other factors.

In addition, almost 12,000 notices of value are being mailed to owners to reflect either a change in their real property or its assessment effective with the 2012 tax year. These notices reflect new construction or improvements, division of real estate parcels or decisions on property classification such as homestead exclusion, agricultural use, etc.

Those who receive the new billing will notice the reverse side contains a list of frequently asked questions. Property owners who have questions not answered on the bill should contact CharMeck311 by dialing 311 within Mecklenburg, or 704-336-4600 from outside the County. Information also is found at the Tax Collector’s website: tax.charmeck.org.

These bills can be paid without interest through January 7, 2013. All bills paid on or after January 8, 2013 will be assessed interest at the rate of two percent for the first month and three-quarters percent every month thereafter until paid.

 


AUGUST 27, 2012

2012 PROPERTY TAX BILLS BEING SENT THIS WEEK

Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Assessor’s Office will begin mailing 2012 property tax bills this week. Bills are being sent for real property as well as personal and business property and are payable beginning September 1. Bills can be paid without interest through January 7, 2013.

Of the 355,000 real property bills expected to be issued for 2012, some number will be withheld until the second billing in October. The second billing is a normal procedure for certain properties whose value or tax records are still being processed before the respective bills can be issued. Examples include, but are not limited to, properties whose values were appealed in 2011, and have yet to be heard by the Board of Equalization and Review, and properties changing value in 2012 as a result of new construction or other factors.

All bills paid on or after January 8, 2013 will be assessed interest at a rate of two percent for the first month, and three-quarters percent every month thereafter until paid. For those with a mortgage on their real property, bills are typically sent directly to the mortgage holder for payment.

The reverse side of the tax bill contains a comprehensive list of frequently asked questions. Property owners who have further questions concerning their 2012 billing can contact CharMeck311 by dialing 311 within Mecklenburg County or 704-336-4600 from outside the County. Information is also found at http://tax.charmeck.org.

Citizens should be aware that customer service counters at Bob Walton Plaza for both the Assessor’s Office and the Office of the Tax Collector will be closed on Monday September 3 for Labor Day. Additionally, access to the parking lot will be restricted during the Democratic National Convention, Tuesday, September 5 through Thursday, September 7. Offices will be open and available by mail, telephone, and email. Normal access to the building will be restored on Friday, September 8, barring any extended restrictions from Homeland Security.

 


JULY 16, 2012

TAX COLLECTOR AND SHERIFF TEAM UP TO FIND TAX DELINQUENTS

Charlotte, NC – The Tax Collector’s Office and Sheriff’s Office have employed another tool in the search for people who don’t pay their vehicle taxes on time.

License Plate Recognition software is now being used in specially equipped Sheriff’s vehicles to detect license plates, as the marked vehicles drive through parking lots and ramps all over Mecklenburg County. When the software detects a hit, a Sheriff’s Deputy places a warning sticker on the vehicle with notice that the tax must be paid within two days.

The Tax Collector’s Office maintains a database of delinquent taxpayers that is updated three times a week and pushed to the laptops in the Sheriff’s vehicles. The vehicles have cameras that are designed to focus on license plates. Trained deputies drive the specially equipped vehicles through parking lots, parking decks, and anywhere cars are parked. Once a known delinquent plate is spotted, the deputies place a fluorescent yellow sticker on the driver side window, notifying the owner that the delinquent taxes must be paid within two days or the vehicle may be subject to a tax warrant and enforcement action that could result in the vehicle being seized and sold at auction.

Vehicle information is added to the delinquent database once the due date has passed, as well as a late notice and block notice -- a total of five months after the initial due date. The database will begin with 75,000 plates and it is estimated that 10,000 vehicles will be added each month.

Nine deputies and two sergeants are trained to use the equipment. A one-week test of the equipment in June got hits on 46 vehicles and 60 percent of those owners have already paid the taxes and penalties due.

The Tax Collector and Sheriff partnered several years ago to issue and serve warrants and tow vehicles whose owners fail to pay their taxes. The warrant program has resulted in hundreds of thousands of tax dollars being received each year.


JULY 1, 2012

DEADLINE TO RENEW BUSINESS LICENSES IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY

Charlotte, NC – Most businesses in Mecklenburg County are required to have a local “privilege license,” also known as a business license. All privilege licenses in Mecklenburg County expire on June 30, 2012. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector mailed roughly 39,000 renewal notices to businesses to remind them to renew their privilege licenses, which are due on or before July 1, 2012 to avoid penalties.

Any business operating in Mecklenburg County may be required to obtain a privilege license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, and those who have full time and part time operations. Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business. In most cases, the license tax is based on the amount of gross receipts from the preceding tax year. New businesses and/or businesses that have not been in business 12 months must provide their projected gross sales for the coming year. The tax rate for businesses that pay based on gross receipts is $0.60 per $1,000 with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $10,000.

BEER AND WINE: Businesses with beer/wine licenses are reminded that renewals were due May 1, 2012. Any business that operates without a local beer/wine license runs the risk of losing its ABC permit and may face enforced collection action.

The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections office immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Collectors are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license. For more information:

• File and Pay your business taxes online at paytax.charmeck.org  


• E-mail inquiries to: TaxBusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov


• Dial 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County and 704-336-6315 if calling outside Mecklenburg County for more information.
• Visit the Business Tax Collections office, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm.



March 19, 2012

DELINQUENT PROPERTY TAX OWNERS WILL BE ADVERTISED IN THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER
 
Charlotte, NC – About 30,000 Mecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their 2011 real and personal property tax bills will have their names and the amount they owe published, as required by state law, in The Charlotte Observer, on Sunday, March 25, 2012.
 
The purpose of the advertisement is to notify taxpayers of their 2011 tax obligation. Delinquent taxpayers may also run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes. Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C. Debt Setoff Program, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the state. The state distributes income tax refund money to the County to satisfy the tax debt.
 
The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes. These actions are taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent on the advertisement of delinquent taxes.
 
There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
• By Internet: Log on to paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *
 
• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.
 
• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by eCheck. Service is available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.*
 
• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.
 
• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.
 
* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no charge for eCheck payments.


December 23, 2011

AVOID THE INTEREST: PROPERTY TAXES DUE BY JANUARY 5, 2012
 
Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that property tax payments must be paid on or before Jan. 5, 2012 to avoid interest charges. If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the United States Postal Service, not metered, on or before that date. Residents are also reminded that County offices are closed on Monday, Dec. 26, Tuesday, Dec. 27, 2011 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2012.

Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after Jan. 5, 2012 will be charged two percent interest for the month of January and an additional three-quarters of one percent every month thereafter until paid.
 
The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector’s office has mailed reminder postcards to all taxpayers with unpaid 2011 real estate, individual personal property, and business personal property taxes. These bills are not delinquent and are payable through January 5, 2012. The postcard serves as a reminder to those who have not yet paid their taxes for the current tax year.

Unpaid real estate and personal property taxes (except registered motor vehicles) are subject to advertisement in local newspapers and an advertisement fee would be added to each bill. All delinquent property taxes are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure and auction of property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize North Carolina income tax refunds and lottery winnings to satisfy delinquent taxes.
 
Those property owners who have appealed their tax values are encouraged to pay their tax before Jan. 5 even if the appeal is pending. If the assessed property value is reduced as a result of an appeal and the taxes are paid, the property owner will receive a refund at par prior to the delinquency date. After the delinquency date, the interest on the taxes for the valuation change by the Board of Equalization and Review (BER) and/or Property Tax Commission (PTC) is paid with the refund. Appealed taxes that are not paid by Jan. 5 are subject to the statutory interest rate for delinquent taxes if the bill becomes delinquent. North Carolina statutes prohibit interest charges from being waived due to pending valuation appeals or any other circumstance. Taxpayers must pay taxes in full by Jan. 5 to avoid the risk of delinquent interest charges.

There are five ways to pay your tax bill:
• By Internet: Log on to paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your bill. The entire 24-digit Bill Number must be entered in the account number field to ensure receipt and correct posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.

• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or pay by eCheck. Service is available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.*

• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope that accompanied your tax bill.

• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. Office will be closed Dec. 26, Dec. 27, 2011 and Jan. 2, 2012 in observance of the County holiday.

* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office. There is no charge for eCheck payments.

Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-7600 between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m., seven days a week. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.

Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the listing as of Jan. 1, 2011. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.


August 25, 2011

TAX BILLS TO BE MAILED ON MONDAY - MORE THAN 360,000 BILLS FOR REAL, PERSONAL AND BUSINESS PERSONAL PROPERTY
 
Charlotte, NC – Property owners will begin receiving their real property, business personal property and individual personal property tax bills next week. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail 361,281 bills on Monday.
 
Real Property
All real property – residential and commercial – was subject to revaluation this year. Approximately half the properties were reappraised at a higher value and half at a lower value. The Board of County Commissioners set a tax rate of 81.66 cents per one-hundred dollars of assessed value as part of the FY12 budget process. The combination of the new value and new tax rate will be reflected in the bills being sent on August 29. The total County tax revenue generated from all residential and commercial property is $819 million. Municipal taxes and/or Law Enforcement Service District tax is also included in these bills.
 
Business Personal Property
Nearly 37,000 of the bills are for business personal property accounting for more than $71 million in County revenue. Municipalities also derive revenue from these bills. This is a tax on equipment and other property used to conduct business.
 
Individual Personal Property
This group includes vehicles and trailers, jet skis, boats, boat motors, aircraft, manufactured homes and income producing farm equipment. There are more than 16,000 bills in this category, accounting for nearly $1.5 million in tax.
 
An additional 30,000 properties will not be billed until October because the property values are still under appeal.
 
Real estate and personal property bills are due September 1, 2011. Those not paid on or before January 5, 2012 are subject to two-percent interest for January and an additional three-quarters percent each month after that. Property owners with a question about their bill are encouraged to call 311 if calling from within Mecklenburg County or 704-336-4600 if calling from outside the County.

 Charlotte, NC – Property owners will begin receiving their real property, business personal property and individual personal property tax bills next week. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail 361,281 bills on Monday. Real PropertyAll real property – residential and commercial – was subject to revaluation this year. Approximately half the properties were reappraised at a higher value and half at a lower value. The Board of County Commissioners set a tax rate of 81.66 cents per one-hundred dollars of assessed value as part of the FY12 budget process. The combination of the new value and new tax rate will be reflected in the bills being sent on August 29. The total County tax revenue generated from all residential and commercial property is $819 million. Municipal taxes and/or Law Enforcement Service District tax is also included in these bills. Business Personal PropertyNearly 37,000 of the bills are for business personal property accounting for more than $71 million in County revenue. Municipalities also derive revenue from these bills. This is a tax on equipment and other property used to conduct business. Individual Personal PropertyThis group includes vehicles and trailers, jet skis, boats, boat motors, aircraft, manufactured homes and income producing farm equipment. There are more than 16,000 bills in this category, accounting for nearly $1.5 million in tax. An additional 30,000 properties will not be billed until October because the property values are still under appeal. Real estate and personal property bills are due September 1, 2011. Those not paid on or before January 5, 2012 are subject to two-percent interest for January and an additional three-quarters percent each month after that. Property owners with a question about their bill are encouraged to call 311 if calling from within Mecklenburg County or 704-336-4600 if calling from outside the County.

July 26, 2011
                                 
 
TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE UNVEILS NEW ONLINE PRIVILEGE LICENSE SEARCH
 
Charlotte, NC – The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector’s Office has added a new privilege license “search” feature to its online services website. Users can search for a business to find out if they have paid their privilege license tax by business name, owner name or business address, and see the status of their tax bills.
 
The search function also includes a form to request the Business Tax Collections Unit of the Office of the Tax Collector to research if a business has a privilege license. A tax representative will provide an email response of the findings within five business days. Users may also anonymously report a business that may be required to have a privilege license by leaving the contact information blank on the online form.
 
There are more than 50,000 businesses in Mecklenburg County and most are required to have a local “privilege license,” also known as a business license. Any business operating in Mecklenburg County may be required to obtain a privilege license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, full-time or part-time.
 
Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business. In most cases, the license tax is based on the amount of gross receipts from the preceding tax year. New businesses and/or businesses that have not been in business at least 12 months must provide their projected gross sales for the coming year. The tax rate for businesses that pay based on gross receipts is $0.60 per $1,000, with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $10,000. The amount of privilege license tax that businesses pay is not provided in the search results because that information is confidential as required by North Carolina law. The search will indicate if the tax payments are up to date or if there is a balance due.
 
The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections Unit immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Tax representatives are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license to ensure they are compliant with all tax laws and ordinances. For more information:
 
•Pay your business taxes online at http://paytax.charmeck.org
•E-mail inquiries to: Call by dialing 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County, and 704-336-6315 if calling outside Mecklenburg County 
•Learn more information about starting a business at


MAY 23, 2011:  JULY 1, 2011 DEADLINE TO RENEW BUSINESS LICENSES IN MECKLENBURG COUNTY

Charlotte, NC – There are more than 50,000 businesses in Mecklenburg County and most are required to have a local “privilege license,” also known as a business license. All business licenses in Mecklenburg County expire on June 30, 2011. The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector is preparing to mail notices to these businesses to remind them to renew their privilege licenses, which are due on or before July 1, 2011 to avoid penalties.

Any business operating in Mecklenburg County may be required to obtain a business license. That includes businesses that are home-based, sole proprietorships, partnerships, limited liability companies, corporations, full-time or part-time. Taxes vary depending on the type and size of the business. In most cases, the license tax is based on the amount of gross receipts from the preceding tax year. New businesses and/or businesses that have not been in business 12 months must provide their projected gross sales for the coming year. The tax rate for businesses that pay based on gross receipts is $0.60 per $1,000 with a minimum tax of $50 and a maximum tax of $10,000.

Business taxpayers can now pay their tax via the new online payment system . Until recently, payments for privilege/business licenses, beer and wine licenses, taxi cab licenses, prepared food and beverage taxes, room occupancy taxes, vehicle rental taxes, u-drive-it taxes, heavy equipment taxes, and yard sale licenses were only payable by mail or in person.

BEER AND WINE: Businesses with beer/wine licenses are reminded that renewals were due May 1, 2011. Any business that operates without a local beer/wine license runs the risk of losing its ABC permit and may face enforced collection action.

The Tax Collector urges any business operating without a license to contact the Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collections unit immediately. New privilege license accounts must be applied for in person or through the mail. Collectors are prepared to walk business owners through the process of obtaining a license to ensure that they are compliant with all tax laws and ordinances. For more information:

• Pay your business taxes online at paytax.charmeck.org.
• E-mail inquiries to: TaxBiz@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov
• Dial 311 if calling within Mecklenburg County and 704-336-6315 if calling outside Mecklenburg
County.
• Visit the Business Tax Collections unit, Hal Marshall County Services Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte.




FEBRUARY 23, 2011:  PRIVILEGE LICENSE TAXES, GROSS RECEIPTS TAXES,
YARD SALE PERMITS, AND OTHER TAXES NOW ACCEPTED ONLINE

Charlotte, NC – Internet-savvy business taxpayers now have an easy-to-use online option when it’s time to fulfill their tax obligations.

The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector recently unveiled a new online payment system for business taxpayers. Until recently, payments for privilege/business licenses, beer and wine licenses, taxi cab licenses, prepared food and beverage taxes, room occupancy taxes, vehicle rental taxes, heavy equipment taxes, and yard sale licenses were only payable by mail or in person.

“Our business tax customers have been asking for this payment and renewal option, which should provide significant benefits for both our customers and the County,” said Neal Dixon, Mecklenburg County tax collector. “We worked extensively with different groups of business tax customers to help develop the online business tax payment system.

“The new payment system is part of a yearlong development effort by the Business Tax Collections Office, which has partnered with Official Payments Corporation to create a site that is safe, secure, and easy to use,” Dixon said.

Unless explicitly provided for in a City of Charlotte and/or Mecklenburg County Ordinance, all businesses, trades, and professions conducting a trade, occupation, performing a service, or selling goods or services within the City and/or Mecklenburg County are required to purchase a Privilege / Business License from the Business Tax Collections Office prior to beginning operations, with certain exceptions. This requirement applies to all businesses, whether operated for profit, non-profit, or home-based. Licenses are issued on a fiscal-year basis and with the exception of taxicab drivers and beer/wine licenses, and expire June 30 each year, regardless of the date issued. Licenses must be renewed on or before July 1 of each year. Our customers must obtain their first license directly from the Tax Collector’s Business Tax Collections Office. Renewals of licenses may be completed using this new online application.

Other business taxes that are filed and paid monthly are based on the gross receipts of the business. The Prepared Food and Beverage tax, Room Occupancy tax, and Vehicle Rental tax are due by the 20th day of each month. The Heavy Equipment tax is filed and paid on a quarterly basis, due by the last day of the month following the end of the calendar quarter. Taxpayers are encouraged to use the new online payment application to pay these taxes when due.
There are now three ways to pay business taxes:

• By Internet: Log on to http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

• By mail: Mail your check to:

           Mecklenburg County Business Tax Collection Office
           P.O. Box 32728
           Charlotte, NC 28232-2728

Make checks payable to the City-County Tax Collector

• In person: Pay at the Business Tax Collection Office at the Harold “Hal” Marshall Center, 700 North Tryon Street, Charlotte, NC between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Cash, money order, checks and credit/debit cards accepted. Makes checks payable to the City-County Tax Collector.

* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. There is no charge for eCheck payments.


January 5, 2011: Last Day To Pay Property Taxes Without Interest

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that property tax payments must be paid on or before January 5, 2011 to avoid interest charges. If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the United States Postal Service, not metered, on or before that date. Residents are also reminded that County offices are closed on Friday, December 31. Those taxpayers who wish to pay taxes in person prior to the end of the year must do so on or before December 30. 


AS of November 11, 2010

Unpaid County Taxes Sent to State for Collection

Charlotte, NC—The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector reminds property owners that if they have not yet paid their real estate, individual personal property, and vehicle taxes for the year, their tax bills will go to the North Carolina State Department of Revenue for collection.

The Debt Setoff Collection Act allows for the County to notify the State of delinquent taxes. Any state income tax refund due the taxpayer may be applied to the debt. A $15.00 collection fee will be added to the bill if it is submitted for setoff. To avoid collection action, the property owner must pay the bill immediately upon notification by mail, or request a hearing within 30 days. An appeal hearing form is enclosed with the delinquency notification. There are roughly 113,000 tax bills that are eligible for the Debt Setoff program.

How to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Log on to http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

• Online Banking: Funds are sent electronically from your bank. Please allow up to four business days after the date you authorized your financial institution to make the payment before it is posted to your account. The Bill Number must be present on the payment to ensure property tax posting to your bill. Your payment will be rejected and returned to the financial institution if the bill number is missing or incorrect.

• By phone: Call toll-free 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit/debit card. Service is now available in English and Spanish when paying your tax bill by phone.*

• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.

• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office at the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte, NC, or 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, at both locations. Cash, money order or checks accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

* A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit card or debit card option. Credit card and debit card payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector’s office.

Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-7600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.

 
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AS of August 17, 2010

The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail tax bills to approximately 379,300 property owners and mortgage companies on August 25, 2010.
 
Tax bills are mailed directly to the owner of the property as of January 1, 2010 or the mortgage company that requested the bill for property owners with tax escrow accounts. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with a mortgage company will receive a property tax notification from the Tax Collector. These owners should review the notice carefully to ensure the bill was sent to the correct mortgage company.

Real estate and personal property tax payments are due September 1, 2010. Tax payments must be paid by January 5, 2011 to avoid interest charges. If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before that date. Property owners whose payments are postmarked on or after January 6, 2011, will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2011 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid. Delinquent taxes will be advertised in local newspapers and an additional advertising fee will be added to each bill.

There are several payment options:

Cash
Accepted only in person at 700 E. Stonewall Street and 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard
Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Check & Money Order
Payable to Mecklenburg County Tax Collector
Pay in person or mail to Mecklenburg County Tax Collector, PO Box 71063, Charlotte NC 28272-1063
24-digit tax bill number required

Checks must have drawer’s name, drawer’s address, check number, financial institution’s name, and MICR numbers preprinted on the check. In addition, the check should have the current date, numbers printed, the amount paid spelled out, and a signature. Mecklenburg County does not accept starter, counter, altered, or photocopied checks.


Credit Cards
OPC charges a convenience fee
Call 1-800-994-1026 or pay online via http://tax.charmeck.org
24-digit tax bill number required

eCheck
Free service
Call 1-800-994-1026 or pay online via http://tax.charmeck.org
24-digit tax bill number required

Online Banking 
Personal banking online bill pay
24-digit tax bill number in the account number field required

If the entire tax bill number is not entered in the online bill pay account number field, the payment will be rejected and sent back to taxpayer’s bank. Interest will apply if payment is received on or after the interest begins date. 
 
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations, can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.

What is taxed? Property taxes are levied on real property (land and buildings) and personal property (boats, aircraft, income-producing business personal property, and unlicensed motor vehicles, etc.) The Tax Collector bills for licensed motor vehicles based on the monthly registration data from the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.


 

AS of June 7, 2010

MECKLENBURG COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR'S OFFICE TAKES ACTION TO COLLECT DELINQUENT TAXES

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Many taxpayers in Mecklenburg County have paid their local real estate, personal property and registered motor vehicle bills. More than $1.2 billion in tax revenue has been collected for taxes due in the current fiscal year for all jurisdictions, but there remains more to collect.
The Office of the Tax Collector has been working diligently to collect all the delinquent taxes owed to the County, City of Charlotte and other municipalities.
"It has been necessary to utilize the enforced collection remedies granted to us by state law," said Tax Collector Neal Dixon. "A majority of taxpayers have found a way to pay although they have been affected by the current economic conditions. Those who paid should know that we are working to collect from those who have not paid."
North Carolina tax laws empower the Office of the Tax Collector to pursue "collection remedies." These include the following:
 · Wage garnishments – The Office of the Tax Collector exercises its authority to require businesses to provide a listing of its employees for the purpose of comparing that list to the database of delinquent taxpayers. When a match occurs, the employee wages are garnished to pay the delinquent tax. Wage garnishments have been served on employers for employees in the following industries: government, energy/utilities, banking, health care and finance. Employee lists have been requested from retail companies. The practice of checking employer data for delinquent taxes is a year-round activity.
· Tax levy (seizure) – The Tax Collector recently seized the personal property of a pizza restaurant for delinquent taxes. Equipment such as ovens, coolers, preparation tables, booths, plates, trays, utensils and other personal property will be sold at auction if taxes are not paid.
· Tax warrants – The Tax Collector has issued thousands of warrants to the Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office for the purpose of collecting delinquent registered motor vehicle taxes. The Sheriff's Office assigns the warrants to deputies, who locate the vehicles and either collect the taxes or seize the vehicles for auction.
· Tax foreclosure – The Tax Collector refers delinquent real estate taxes to a law firm with the direction to file tax foreclosure lawsuits. Referrals are made throughout the year. Anyone who is interested in bidding on foreclosed property should call the Office of the Tax Collector at 311 or 704-336-4600 if calling from outside Mecklenburg County.
Taxpayers with delinquent bills are encouraged to remit funds for those bills immediately to avoid these and other enforcement actions that may occur at any time. The worst thing a taxpayer can do is ignore a delinquent bill. It is important to communicate with the Office of the Tax Collector and do everything possible to pay the outstanding taxes to limit interest charges and collection action.


As of June 3, 2010
BUSINESS LICENSE RENEWALS DUE BY JULY 1, 2010
Charlotte, NC – If you operate a business in Charlotte or Mecklenburg County, you are required to obtain a license and renew it every year unless the business is specifically exempted by law.
Business licenses are authorized by the State of North Carolina and are considered a license for the privilege to do business within a local tax jurisdiction. Businesses are required to renew their business license on or before July 1st of each year (with the exception of taxi cab drivers and beer/wine licenses).  Renewal forms were mailed last week. Payments received or postmarked by the United States Postal Service after July 1will incur late charges.
All businesses, trades, and professions conducting a trade, occupation, performing a service, or selling goods or services within the City are required to purchase a Privilege/Business License prior to beginning operations.
This requirement applies to all businesses, whether operated for profit, non-profit, or home based. 
Privilege/Business license tax rates are based on estimated revenue for new businesses, or annual gross receipts for businesses with one or more years in business, at a rate of $0.60 per $1,000 (minimum tax $50; maximum $10,000). Businesses subject to the gross receipts tax may also be taxed at a flat rate while some businesses are only subject to a flat tax rate. Certain types of businesses must pay both the City and County license tax while others pay City tax alone.
A City license may be required in addition to any County or State licenses already held. A business owner, partner, corporate officer or any other designated assignee may apply for a license in person at 700 N. Tryon Street, Charlotte, between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. during June, Monday through Friday. In other months, applications are accepted at the office between 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. An application may be requested at the Business Tax Collections Office, by telephone by dialing 311, online at http://tax.charmeck.org, or by mail at:
Business Tax Collections
P.O. Box 32728
Charlotte, NC 28232-2728
Questions? Business owners can contact us by dialing 311 (704-336-4600 if outside of Mecklenburg County) or via e-mail at taxbusiness@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov  More information is also available at http://tax.charmeck.org.


As of February 15, 2010
FEBRUARY 19: DEADLINE TO PAY COUNTY TAXES BEFORE PUBLICATION IN THE NEWSPAPER
Charlotte, N.C. – About 54,000 Mecklenburg County property owners who have not yet paid their 2009 real and personal property tax bills will soon have their names and the amount they owe published, as required by state law, in The Charlotte Observer if payment is not received by Friday, Feb. 19, 2010.
Each tax bill published will be charged an additional fee for the cost of the advertisement. That fee is in addition to interest charged for late payment. Taxpayers are urged to pay their delinquent taxes as soon as possible.
Delinquent taxpayers run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes. Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C. Debt Setoff Program, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the State. The State distributes income tax refund money to the County to satisfy the tax debt. The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes.  These actions are taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent on the advertisement of delinquent taxes.
There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
Online: Visit http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck.*
By phone: Call 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit/debit card.*
By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.*
In person: Pay in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
  ● Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street.
  ● West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
* Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit/eCheck option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted when paying in person.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings or real estate valuations can call CharMeck 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600. More information is also available at http://tax.charmeck.org.


 

As of December 31, 2009
JANUARY 5, 2010: LAST DAY TO PAY PROPERTY TAXES WITHOUT INTEREST

Charlotte, NC - Mecklenburg County residents are reminded that property tax payments must be paid on or before January 5, 2010 to avoid interest charges. If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the United States Postal Service on or before that date. Taxpayers are urged to pay their tax obligations immediately to avoid a penalty.
Property owners whose payments are received or postmarked after January 5 will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2010 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid.
All unpaid taxes will be advertised in local newspapers and an additional advertising fee will be added to each bill. Unpaid taxes are subject to collection action including garnishment, seizure of property, and foreclosure. North Carolina's set-off debt program also authorizes Mecklenburg County to seize N.C. income tax refunds to satisfy delinquent taxes.
There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
·      Online: Visit http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck.*
·      By phone: Call 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck*
·      By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.
·      In person: Pay in person between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.:
- Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street.
- West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
* Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted when paying in person.
CONTACT INFORMATION: Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations can call 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600. More information is also available at http://tax.charmeck.org.
What is taxed? Property taxes are levied on real property (land and buildings) and personal property (boats, aircraft, income-producing business personal property, and unlicensed motor vehicles, etc.) The Tax Collector bills for licensed motor vehicles based on the monthly registration data from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.
You pay taxes to Mecklenburg County and the municipality in which you live. If you live in Charlotte, Cornelius, Davidson, Huntersville, Matthews, Mint Hill or Pineville, you receive one tax bill for both county and municipal taxes. Property owners in unincorporated Mecklenburg County pay additional taxes for their share of police services through the Law Enforcement Services District Tax.
Tax bills were mailed to the owner of record at the address shown on the listing as of January 1, 2009. According to North Carolina law, failure to receive a tax bill does not invalidate the tax or interest charges.



As of October 2, 2009
MECKLENBURG COUNTY ELIMINATES FEE FOR USE OF eCHECK TO PAY TAXES ONLINE
Charlotte, N.C. - The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector's Office has eliminated the cost to taxpayers associated with making eCheck property and vehicle tax payments online.
The County's eCheck payment option originally cost residents $2 - a fee that went directly to the County's online payment vendor. Now, the County has negotiated a lower fee with the vendor, making it possible for the County to absorb the cost on behalf of taxpayers. Convenience fees for credit card transactions continue to be charged to taxpayers.
This change benefits both residents and the County on multiple levels. It encourages higher use of the eCheck option by making it more convenient and affordable. Payments made online also reduce nonsufficient fund (NSF) transactions and promotes payments of taxes before they reach delinquency. Online payments reduce the need for manual payment processing by County employees, thereby increasing tax office efficiency.
The County receives more than 1 million paper checks for payment of taxes each year.  For each paper check, staff members must:

 

  • Find the bill in the tax system
  • Post the payment
  • Image the check
  • Endorse the check
  • Deposit the check

 

 

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he eCheck system eliminates these steps. For an eCheck, the County receives an electronic file that posts automatically.
Mecklenburg County Land Use and Environmental Services Agency (LUESA), Park & Recreation, Geospatial Information Services (GIS), Register of Deeds and the Health Department's vital records counter are either already absorbing credit card and/or eCheck transaction costs or are finalizing plans to do so.
The broader movement toward no-fee online payments marks a distinct response to residents' desire for free Web transactions. It also acknowledges that government can be made more efficient by automating payment functions, eliminating human errors by residents and employees, making tax payments quicker - and more secure.
For more information, go to http://paytax.charmeck.org.



As of September 2, 2009
SOME COUNTY MORTGAGE LETTERS LIST TAX SERVICE COMPANIES; ALL ARE CORRECT 
Charlotte, N.C. ¨C In late August, the Mecklenburg County Tax Office mailed 170,471 property tax notifications to taxpayers who have their local real estate taxes paid by a mortgage company. The notice informs the taxpayer of how much their bill is, and which mortgage company has requested the bill.
In some instances, the taxpayer's tax service company ¨C rather than the mortgage company ¨C was listed on the form. Tax service companies are contract vendors of the mortgage companies, and they work with hundreds of tax offices for the purpose of obtaining the bills for the mortgage companies so they can pay taxes from mortgage escrow accounts. The exact number of mortgage letters listing tax service companies rather than a mortgage company is not known.
"It is important to note that the tax data, including the value, tax amount due, and other critical information on these notices correctly reflect the tax records," said Neal Dixon, Mecklenburg County Tax Office director. "There was no error in calculating the tax bill itself."
The tax service companies in question were listed on the mortgage because they sent their electronic files requests in an incorrect format, Dixon said.
Many mortgage company customers don't know the name of their tax service. Because of this, some taxpayers are concerned that their bills will not be paid from their escrow accounts. Although the tax service company was listed instead of the mortgage company, the tax bills will be supplied to the requesting mortgage company for payment.
Taxpayers are encouraged to contact their mortgage companies to ensure they have the tax information needed to pay their tax bills. In the meantime, the County is working to update the tax records to reflect the mortgage companies rather than the tax service companies that are employed by the mortgage companies. 

 



As of March 19, 2009
MARCH 31 DEADLINE TO PAY COUNTY TAXES BEFORE PUBLICATION IN THE NEWSPAPER
Charlotte, N.C. ¨C More than 38,000 Mecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their 2008 real or personal property tax bills will have their names and the amount they owe published in The Charlotte Observer if payment is not received by Tuesday, March 31, 2009.
The list of delinquent taxpayers whose payment is not received by March 31 will be published in the Observer in April. Each tax bill published will be charged an additional fee for the cost of the advertisement. That fee is in addition to interest charged for late payment. Any 2008 real estate and personal property tax bill paid after January 5, 2009, is charged 2 percent interest for the month of January and 0.75 percent interest for each month thereafter until the bill is paid.
Delinquent taxpayers run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes. Mecklenburg County participates in the N.C. Debt Setoff Program. This program authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the State. The State distributes income tax refund money to the County to satisfy the tax debt.  The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes.  These actions are taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent on the advertisement of delinquent taxes.
There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
Online: Visit http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck.*

By phone: Call 1-800-994-1026 and use your credit/debit card.*

By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.*

In person: Pay in person between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.:
  - Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 E. Stonewall St.
  - West Service Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd.
* Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector. A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit/eCheck option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted when paying in person.
Taxpayers with questions about their bills, property listings or real estate valuations can call CharMeck 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600. More information is also available at http://tax.charmeck.org.



Avoid this! Pay your vehicle tax billOnce the warrant is issued, the Sheriff's Office will dispatch deputies to seize and auction the vehicle.

DON'T LET THIS HAPPEN TO YOU.
Pay your vehicle tax bill.

For more information:
taxmeck@MecklenburgCountyNC.gov  

704-336-4600




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