What happens if I am financially unable to pay my real estate taxes when they are due?

Failure to pay your taxes will allow them to be sold at the annual tax sale in November. After the sale takes place, additional penalties, interest (as much as 36% per year) and costs are added to the amount necessary to redeem your taxes through the County Clerk's office. The state statutes control the legal  responsibilities of the taxpayer and tax buyer. It is important to  understand that at the tax sale your property is not being sold, only  your delinquent taxes. In the event your taxes are sold, you will receive certified notice under the statute as to what actions you need to take.  If you do not redeem your taxes in full at the end of the redemption period (usually 2-1/2 years), the tax buyer can actually acquire legal title to your property at that time.

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1. Can I make partial payments?
2. Who do I make my check payable to?
3. How do I change my mailing address on my tax bill?
4. I did not live here in 2023. Why did I receive a 2023 tax bill?
5. My mortgage company pays my taxes. Why did I get a bill?
6. What method of payment can I use?
7. Can I prepay my taxes?
8. Does a late tax payment affect my credit rating?
9. I did not pay my taxes last year. Where can I find out how much I owe?
10. I do not agree with my property tax assessment, what are my alternatives?
11. I don't know my parcel number, how can I get it?
12. I own multiple parcels in the County. Can I pay with one check?
13. If I pay by mail, how can I get a receipt?
14. My tax bill seems too high. How can I make sure it is correct?
15. What happens if I am financially unable to pay my real estate taxes when they are due?
16. What happens if I do not receive a real estate tax bill?
17. What is the Owner Occupied Exemption?
18. What is "Pleasure Driveway PKD" that is listed on my tax bill as a Taxing Body?
19. When and where do I pay my property taxes?
20. When is the annual tax sale?
21. Where and when do I file my Senior Freeze Exemption, and Senior Exemption?
22. Where do I get a copy of a plat map?
23. Why is \"Pension Funds\" listed as a separate category under Taxing Body on my bill?