Every year my office gets dozens of calls stating that they never received a tax bill for their property. If you own property, you must pay taxes on that property. If you do not receive your tax bill, then state law places the burden on you to obtain a copy of your bill and pay the taxes. The punishments mandated by state law are so severe that the consequences of inaction will inevitably cost you additional precious funds. Do not get caught in the delinquent tax web. Pay your real estate taxes before they become delinquent.
Kentucky’s penalties for not paying property taxes on time are, to put it mildly, harsh! Please consider this article a warning about the consequences of not paying property taxes timely. State law mandates that delinquent tax bills incur penalties and interest. Fees as much as 30% of the face tax amount are added to the tax bill in addition to 1% per month or 12% per year in interest. These delinquent tax bills are put up for sale sometime between July 14 and September 1st of each year. The State has very carefully removed authority on these matters from the local officials. The County Attorney’s office attempts to notify the delinquent tax payers of the pending sale date 60 days and again 30 days prior to the tax bill sale.
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I hope this article has explained the delinquent tax bill process and emphasizes the importance of every property owner paying their tax bill before it becomes delinquent. It is important to note that it is solely the responsibility of the property owner to see that its tax bill has been paid. If you do not receive a tax bill, you need to contact the Sheriff’s or County Clerk’s office to obtain a copy of your tax bill.
If you have any topics you would like to have covered in this column, please contact my office by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, by phone at (859) 491-7700 or by regular mail addressed to 319 York Street, Newport, Kentucky 41071.