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March 31 deadline for property taxes
March 31 is the deadline to pay property tax bills before your name is printed in the Observer.

March 14, 2005

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

THURSDAY, MARCH 31: DEADLINE TO PAY COUNTY TAXES
BEFORE PUBLICATION IN THE NEWSPAPER

Charlotte, NC - About 28,000 Mecklenburg County property owners have not yet paid their 2004 real and personal property tax bills.  Those owners will have their names and the amount they owe published in The Charlotte Observer if payment is not received or postmarked by 5 p.m. Thursday, March 31, 2005.  Huntersville and Cornelius delinquencies will be published in the Huntersville Herald.

The list of delinquent taxpayers is scheduled for publication in The Charlotte Observer on Sunday, April 17.  Each tax bill published will be charged an additional fee for the cost of the advertisement.  That fee is in addition to interest charged for late payment.  Any 2004 tax bill paid after January 5, 2005, is charged 2 percent interest for the month of January and 0.75 percent interest for each month thereafter until the bill is paid.

REFUND AT RISK: New this year, delinquent taxpayers run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay off their County property taxes. Mecklenburg County is participating in the N.C. Setoff Debt Program. This program authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the State and the State distributes income tax refund money to the County to satisfy the tax debt.

There are several ways to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Log on to http://paytax.charmeck.org and use your credit card, debit card or eCheck. *

• By phone: Call 1-877-533-0072 and use your credit/debit card.*

• By mail: Mail your check using the return envelope in your tax bill.

• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector's office at the Robert L. "Bob" Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street in Charlotte between 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

*A convenience fee is assessed when using the credit/debit/eCheck option. Credit/debit/eCheck payments are not accepted at the Tax Collector's office.

Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, real estate valuations, or the setoff debt program can call Tax Support Services at 704-336-4600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector's Web site.  Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.




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