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Pay your taxes before the deadline

March 27, 2010
The Inter-Mountain

When it comes to tax deadlines, April 15 is probably the first date that comes to mind. That's the deadline for state and federal income tax payments. The IRS does a pretty good job of reminding you to make those payments.

There is, however, another tax deadline. Many property owners miss the April 30 deadline for paying their personal property or real estate taxes and end up seeing their name published on the "Delinquent Tax List" in The Inter-Mountain in May. It's not uncommon for those people - wanting to keep their name from being published - to call the county tax office and The Inter-Mountain and ask, "How do I keep my name off of the delinquent tax list?" There is only one method and it's simple: Pay your taxes before the deadline.

According to Randolph County Chief Tax Deputy Joyce Johns, property owners have until April 30 to pay their taxes, thereby ensuring their name doesn't appear on the delinquent tax list. If you don't pay, expect to see your name in the newspaper. You could also face a 9 percent per annum interest charge and a $20 publication fee.

Some property owners consider the county tax system confusing. Tax notices are mailed out on July 15 of each year and the amount due is based on property that was owned the previous year. There's an option to pay the full amount or in two halves. The time frames and the amount due are shown on the bill.

Even with the tax notice and the delinquent tax list, many people still forget to their pay property taxes until it's time to renew their automobile licenses: You can't renew your tags without a property tax receipt.

We suggest you mark your calendars: April 15 for state and federal income taxes and April 30 for county property taxes. The Randolph County Tax Office, located in the courthouse annex, is open from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.



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