The DeKalb County Trustee's office has mailed the 2013 property tax notices and you should be receiving yours any day, if you haven't already.
Property owners may pay their 2013 taxes without penalty from October 1, 2013 through February 28, 2014. Penalties begin accruing March 1, 2014.
According to Trustee Sean Driver, DeKalb County has property owners in nearly every state in the nation and in some foreign countries. " For 2013, the Trustee's office will be collecting on 18,080 parcels of land. We send tax bills to 47 of the 50 states. The only states not on the tax record are Idaho, South Dakota, and Delaware. We also have some mail going to Canada, Germany, and the Virgin Islands," said Driver.
DeKalb County property taxpayers may pay their taxes in person at the Trustee's office, by mail, on-line at www.tennesseetrustee.com or you can make partial payments.
The Trustee's Office began offering the partial tax payment option last year. " It became an instant success," Driver told WJLE. "We basically offer the taxpayer two options using the partial payment plan. We can take the total tax bill and divide it equally by two, three, four, five months, etc. or we can accept any amount the taxpayer wants to pay at any time during the collection period. If your tax bill is not paid in full before March 1, 2014, only the unpaid portion of taxes is subject to penalties and interest of 1.5% per month," said Driver.
Eligible taxpayers may also want to take advantage of the State of Tennessee's Property Tax Relief Program, which is administered in the Trustee's Office.
Tennessee's tax relief program is state-funded and provides a rebate of credit for all or a portion of the property taxes on residential property owned and occupied by low-income elderly, low-income disabled, and disabled veteran homeowners and their surviving spouses. " A property tax relief is based on ownership of the property, all sources of income, and in some instances his or her age. One new change for the 2013 Property Tax Relief Program is the income limit. In order to start an application for property tax relief, your income limit, using all sources of income from 2012, would have to be under $27,800. This program is very beneficial to the eligible taxpayer," said Driver.
For more information, call the Trustee's Office at 597-5176 or stop by the office at 732 Congress Boulevard Smithville, room 103.