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Frequently Asked Questions

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When are my taxes due?

  • Taxes are due September 1 of each year.
  • Taxes are payable without interest through January 7th.
  • An interest charge of 2% is assessed as a penalty on delinquent property tax bills received on or after January 6th.
  • An interest charge of three-fourths of one percent (.75%) is assessed on February 1st, and each month thereafter until the taxes are paid in full.
  • Final notices will be mailed after the past due date.
  • Delinquent taxpayers are advertised in the Chatham News and the Chatham Record in March.


What is taxable value? 

Taxable value is the value of property as determined by the Assessor using the methods prescribed by North Carolina General Statutes §105-283


How does the county assessor determine "taxable value"? 

Property values change over time and must be adjusted periodically to maintain balance and equity. To ensure that balance and equity are maintained, the State of North Carolina required real property be reappraised at least every eight years. The Chatham County Board of County Commissioners has voted to reappraise real property once every four years. Real property in Chatham County was revalued effective January 1, 2017. For more revaluation information, click here to visit the 2017 revaluation page. 

Real Estate values should reflect the market value of properties at the time of the last reappraisal. Real property values usually increase over time; however, not all properties increase at the same rate. Some property values may decrease in value. Due to these changes occurring, a revaluation process is necessary to reflect market value and maintain balance and equity.


How are taxes calculated? 

Ad Valorem taxes are calculated based on the value of the property per hundred multiplied by the tax rate.  For example, if you live in the Moncure fire district, your combined tax rate for county (.67) and fire district (.1250) is .7950 for the year 2019. If your car is valued at $10,000, the tax bill on your car will be $75.31 ($10,000÷100×.7950). Click here for the list of tax rates for each district and for more information regarding how the tax rate is established by the commissioners.


Where should tax payments be mailed?  

Chatham County uses a lock box payment processing system. Your tax statement includes a window envelope for your convenience. Detach the bottom portion and include with your payment. Make sure the address shows in the window. Retain your portion of the tax statement for a receipt. 

Should you not have a tax statement, please attach information that will assist us in processing your payment, such as name in which the property is listed, parcel number, tag number. To make a payment without the original bill, please mail to our office in Pittsboro. The address is:

Chatham County Tax Collector
Post Office Box 697
Pittsboro NC 27312

Tax Office Location Map


If I cannot pay, what should I do?

Property taxes are not based on income or the ability to pay. The Collector's office gladly accepts partial payments. Please read your tax bill carefully regarding payment plan arrangements. You may contact the Tax Collector’s Office at 919-542-8260 for further information.


Is there any tax relief available for elderly or disabled property owners?  

Yes, there are 3 property tax relief programs available for all NC Residents. The programs are:  the Elderly or Disabled Exclusion, Circuit Breaker Tax Deferment Program and Disabled Veteran Exclusion. Click here for additional information pertaining to these programs or contact Jennifer Williams 919 545 8354.


How do I appeal my real property value?  

Every property owner has the right of formal appeal on a yearly basis.  Appeals are for the current year and
are not retroactive.

Real property appeals are made to the Chatham County Board of Equalization and Review (Board of E&R). The board meets in the spring of the year. Meeting times are published in the Chatham News and Record. You may call the Tax Assessor's office to set up an appointment with the Board of E&R in February.  The appeal forms are available after January 1 of the current tax year.  Our Appeal Information & Process page contains more information regarding the real property appeal process plus a link to the appeal form. The deadline to file a real property appeal for tax year 2020 was May15, 2020.

By law the board of equalization and review may consider only appraised value, existing or potential tax load is not subject to appeal.


In which township do I live?  Where are the townships?  

Click here to view a map of the township boundaries.


In which fire district do I live?  Where are the different fire districts?

Click here to view a map of the fire districts.


What are occupancy taxes and who pays occupancy taxes?  Who collects that tax?

It is a tax paid by overnight visitors and collected by local lodging facilities and can legally only be used to promote travel and tourism.  The occupancy tax rate in Chatham County is three percent of the gross charge of the overnight stay.


What are occupancy taxes used for? 

All proceeds of the tax are legally required to be used to promote travel and tourism.  We all  benefit from having more visitors and tourists come to our county.


I use an online vendor and rent a room in my home for short term stays. Do I have to collect an occupancy tax from my guest?

Yes, you do have to collect the three percent tax from your guest. Revisit the Terms and Conditions or Terms of Service on your vendor's website.


What agency promotes travel and tourism in Chatham County? 

The Pittsboro-Siler City Convention & Vistors Bureau.promotes travel and tourism throughout the entire county and also markets the Chatham County Agriculture & Conference Center.


Where can I find the required Occupancy Tax Report Form?

For a fillable form click here.



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