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​Delinquent Property Tax Owners Will Be Advertised in the Charlotte Observer

3/14/2017

Mecklenburg CountyMecklenburg County property owners who have not paid their real and personal property tax bills may have their names and the principle amount they owe published, as required by state law, in The Charlotte Observer, on Sunday, April  2, 2017.

Taxpayers can avoid being advertised by paying their delinquent taxes in full on or before Feb. 28, 2017. Bills paid after Feb. 28, 2017 may be included in the advertisement. Visit paytax.charmeck.org to use the property tax system tool to determine the current amount due for any delinquent real estate or personal property tax bill.

The purpose of the advertisement is to notify taxpayers of their tax obligation. Delinquent taxpayers may also run the risk of having their North Carolina state income tax refund seized to pay their local property taxes.

Mecklenburg County participates in the North Carolina Setoff Debt Program, which authorizes the Tax Collector to submit the delinquent tax amounts of taxpayers to the state. The state distributes the income tax refund money and/or lottery winnings of delinquent taxpayers to the County to satisfy the tax debt.
 
The Tax Collector is also empowered to garnish funds, levy (seize and sell) personal property, and foreclose on real property to satisfy unpaid taxes. These actions may be taken after the delinquent date and are not contingent in the advertisement of delinquent taxes.

There are four ways to pay your tax bill:

• By Internet: Visit paytax.charmeck.org for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.*
• By phone: Dial toll-free 1-800-994-1026 for a credit card, debit card or eCheck payment.* 
• By mail: Mail a check or money order and payment stub using the return envelope that accompanied the tax bill.
• In person: Pay at the Tax Collector’s office located in the Robert L. “Bob” Walton Plaza, 700 East Stonewall Street, Charlotte NC, and at West Service Area Center, 4150 Wilkinson Blvd., Charlotte, NC, between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Only cash, money order, or check payments are accepted. Make checks payable to the Mecklenburg County Tax Collector.

*A service fee of 2.35 percent or a minimum of $1.95 is charged for credit card or debit card payments. There is no service fee for eCheck payments.