Haywood County taxes due Jan. 5

By Caroline Klapper | Dec 29, 2012
Photo by: Caroline Klapper Those paying Haywood County taxes before the Jan. 7 deadline can expect a bit of a wait in line.

Time is running out to pay county taxes for real estate, business personal property and individually held personal property, which includes manufactured homes, boats, boat motors, jet skis and unlicensed motor vehicles.

Taxes became due in September but are payable through Jan. 5 without interest. Notices were mailed to property owners in late August and early September.

Since Jan. 5 falls on a Saturday in 2013, the deadline is extended to Monday, Jan. 7, the next day of business.

After Jan. 7, an interest charge of 2 percent is added on Tuesday, Jan. 8, and an additional percentage is added on the first day of every month until the bill is fully paid.

On Monday morning, Linda Greene headed to the tax offices in the Historic Courthouse in Waynesville to the annual chore done, which is how she usually pays her county taxes.

"We never have mailed it in," she said, adding that the wait wasn't too bad. "It's not as bad as I was expecting."

Although paying taxes isn't anyone's favorite thing to do, Greene said she feels like she gets what she pays for in her native county.

"I've lived in this county all my life, so I don't mind so much," she said.

John Patrick decided to get his taxes paid while he was at the courthouse transferring some property.

"I got it all done at once," he said, commenting on the shorter line this year. "It was very convenient. I've been here in years past where it's been out the door and around the corner."

For those who are unable to pay in full by the due date, partial payments can be arranged. Call 452-6643 for information.

Unpaid real estate taxes are advertised in the newspaper, and an advertising fee is added to the unpaid bill in March of that year. The newspaper advertisement is mandatory because it is the first step in the foreclosure procedure. Enforced collections can begin when bills first become delinquent, and legal remedies of collection can include garnishment of wages or rents, attachment of bank accounts and North Carolina tax refunds and foreclosure.

For more information, visit Haywood County Tax Administration online at www.haywoodnc.net.

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