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Second real estate tax payments due Sept. 2

MORRIS – The second installment of the 2013 real estate tax is due Sept. 2.

Second installment tax payments must be paid on or before the due date to avoid penalty, according to a news release from the Grundy County Treasurer’s Office.

Payments may be made at the various Grundy County banking institutions listed on the back of the tax bill or directed to the Treasurer’s Office either in person, by mail or the drop box located in the sheriff’s parking lot.

Mailed real estate tax payments for the second installment must be received on or before Sept. 2, otherwise the payment must include a late fee of 1½ percent a month. Partial months count as whole months, according to the news release.

The first installment currently has a 3 percent late charge assessment. Local banks, listed on the back of the tax bill, will collect real estate tax payments through Sept. 2. After that, all payments must be directed to the Grundy County Treasurer’s Office.

Office hours for the Grundy County Treasurer are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, with the office closed Sept. 1 in observance of Labor Day. 

If you recently purchased property in Grundy County, it is the homeowner’s responsibility to check payment status of real estate taxes.

“New owners often assume the taxes are paid, since the taxes are for last year,” the treasurer’s office said in the news release. “Many times, taxes are handled as a credit and debit between the new and old homeowner when in reality no money was sent to the Treasurer’s Office for taxes.”

There is a delay between deeds filed in the Recorder of Deeds Office and the Grundy County Assessor’s Office changing the tax bill information.

Real estate taxes and additional fees must be paid in full prior to Nov. 12, at which time unpaid taxes will be offered to registered tax buyers at the annual tax sale, according to the news release.

In Grundy County, credit card or bank withdraws for real estate tax payments are accepted at the County website through Sept. 30.  There is a convenience fee of 2.7 percent for credit card and debit card payments and a $3.95 convenience fee for electronic checks. Additional late penalties may apply.

If a homeowner is having difficulty paying taxes, they may want to contact their mortgage company to see if an arrangement can be made between the homeowner and the mortgage company to avoid the sale of real estate taxes.  Partial payments may now be made at the Grundy County Collector’s Office.

Homeowners that have filed bankruptcy must submit copies of the bankruptcy filing with the Grundy County Treasurer’s Office immediately.

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