- Published on Monday, 30 December 2013 10:59
- Written by Super User
NEW HANOVER CTY - Dec. 30th, 2013 - New Hanover County real estate and personal property taxes due as of September 1, 2013 will become delinquent if not paid on or before Jan. 6, 2014. A 2 percent interest charge will be added to unpaid balances at the close of business on Jan. 6 and will continue to accrue each month thereafter until the bill is paid in full.
The New Hanover County Tax Office reminds residents that there are several ways to pay taxes to avoid delinquency and interest charges. Residents who are unable to pay their bill in full should contact the Tax Department at (910) 798-7300 to establish an acceptable payment plan. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The office will be closed January 1, 2014 in observance of New Year’s Day.
To view your tax bill, or check to ensure it has been paid, visit http://www.nhcgov.com/Tax and click on Search Tax Records from the left navigation menu. Residents who have their taxes escrowed through a mortgage company should contact their lender if their bill remains unpaid.
The easiest way to pay is by mailing the payment with the payment coupon to the New Hanover County Tax Department, P.O. Box 18000, Wilmington, NC 28406.
Payments submitted by mail are considered received based on the postmarked date. If there is no date on the postmark, the payment receipt date is the date the payment is received in the tax office. Also, it's important to note that metered postage does not constitute a U.S. Postal Service postmark.
Residents can also drop payments off personally at the New Hanover County Tax Office, 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 190, Wilmington, N.C. 28403. Taxpayers are encouraged to bring bill(s) when paying in person. There are three secure "drop box" locations at the Government Center: outside the south entrance, inside the atrium at the tax office and inside the tax office at the information center desk. Ensure payment is in a properly labeled envelope with the payment coupon to ease processing.
Online payments are also accepted by debit or credit card. Payments will be processed by Official Payments because the county is not allowed to absorb credit card processing fees. Official Payments charges a “convenience fee” for the service of processing the charge. To pay online, visit https://officialpayments.com.
Residents also have the option of paying by telephone. To pay with a debit or credit card by phone, call Official Payments directly at 1-800-487-4567.
Be advised that the end of the year is the busiest time for the collection office. To save time, please prepare checks prior to arrival and present tax bills to expedite payment.
The County's property listing deadline is also approaching soon. Those who own personal or business personal property in the county must return their property listing form by Jan. 31, 2014. The form must either be received by that date or it must be postmarked by that date. Listing forms will be mailed on December 31. If you are new to the County, or did not receive a form, visit http://www.nhcgov/Tax, where forms are available for download.
Personal property includes airplanes, boats, boat motors, mobile homes, unlicensed vehicles, and household appliances or furnishings supplied to a tenant. Any improvements made to real estate should also be listed. Property owners who fail to meet the listing date will be assessed a 10 percent penalty.
Personal property used or connect with a business or other income producing purpose includes machinery, equipment, computers, furniture, fixtures, leasehold improvements, farm machinery, supplies, airplanes, construction in progress, etc. Any business that fails to list or "under lists" during the regular listing period, and is discovered by the business personal property department, or lists late, is subject to a 10-60 percent penalty.
Business owners who need additional time should submit an extension request no later than Jan. 31, 2014. New Hanover County has traditionally granted requests to March 15.
For more information, visit http://www.nhcgov.com/Tax or call the Tax Information line at (910) 798-7300.