The Tax Collector's Office is solely responsible for the collection of taxes. Tax bills for real estate and personal property are mailed to all Chatham County property owners in August of each year. If you do not receive your tax statement by September 1, please contact the Tax Collector's Office during regular office hours.
Real estate taxes are the legal obligation of the owner of record as of January 1. Transfer of ownership during the year does not relieve the seller of tax liability. Ordinarily, taxes are prorated by the closing attorney when ownership is transferred. To determine if your taxes were prorated at the time of closing, contact your realtor or closing attorney. If you want to insure that you have no tax liability, you may request that payment be made to the Tax Collector's Office at the time of closing.
Property taxes due against registered motor vehicle bills are billed with the registration of the motor vehicle. For additional information refer to our Registered Motor Vehicle Page.
Taxes on real estate and personal property are due on September 1 and are payable through January 5. If January 5 falls on a Saturday or Sunday, the payment period is extended to the next business day.
To avoid interest or penalties, payment must be in the Tax Collector's Office or postmarked by January 5. If payment is not postmarked, it is deemed to be received when it is actually delivered to the Tax Collector's Office. To avoid penalties, we urge taxpayers to mail payments at least 5 business days before the deadline. Real estate accounts that are past due are assessed a charge of two percent for the month of January and an additional 3/4 of one percent each month thereafter. Registered motor vehicle accounts that are past due are assessed a charge five percent for the first month past due and of 3/4 of one percent per month thereafter.
North Carolina General Statutes require unpaid real estate accounts to be advertised in all local newspapers from March 1st to June 30th. There is an additional cost to the taxpayer for this advertising. Enforced collections will begin when bills become delinquent. Legal remedies of collection may include garnishment of wages, attachments of bank accounts, rents, and foreclosure.