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North Carolina General Statute §105-285 requires that all property subject to taxation must be listed annually within the regular listing period of January 1 through January 31, with the exception of registered vehicles. If you received a listing form in the previous year, a form will automatically be mailed to your last address on our tax records. If you do not receive a listing form and you have property which is required to be listed, it is your responsibility to obtain a listing form by contacting the Listing Division of the Tax Department at 542-8250. You also can visit our office during regular office hours or use the option below to print a copy of the listing form and return the completed form to our office by mail or in person.
A listing form is required if one or more of the following apply:
- You have made improvements to your real estate (general maintenance not included) during the previous year.
- You own unregistered, untagged vehicles which do not have an active North Carolina registration
- You own other personal property such as boats, boat motors, jet skis, airplanes, etc
- You own a single-wide mobile home
Property used to produce income such as tractors, mowers, equipment, etc. is to be listed as business property. Click here for our business personal property pages.
Licensed vehicles with a current license plate are no longer required to be listed on the tax listing. Taxes on licensed vehicles will be billed automatically with the renewal or issuance of a license tag.
Value, situs and taxability appeals must be filed with the tax office within 30 days of the billing date per NCGS 105-317.(c).
All listings for 2020 must be made either by mail or at the Chatham County Tax Assessor’s Office located on the first floor of the Chatham County Courthouse Annex. Office hours for listing assistance will be 8:00 AM until 5:00 PM. For additional information please contact:
All personal property used for the production of any income, including appliances or other property provided to the tenant in rental real estate, must be listed on a separate business personal property tax listing form. Visit our Business Personal Property page if you need to list business personal property and did not receive a business personal property listing form.
Real estate owners must list taxable additions or improvements to real property. Any property owner who adds a new structure or who builds an addition must report that change to the Tax Department. Such improvements as (but not limited to) building a deck, finishing a basement, adding a porch, building a carport, garage, barn, or storage building are a few examples of additions to property. Failure to report improvements may result in additional taxes and penalties. Routine repairs and maintenance to real estate need not be reported. Examples of routine repairs and/or maintenance are such things as (but not limited to) painting, replacing carpet, repairing roofs, replacement of fixtures, and other similar repairs. Routine repairs and maintenance do not include major remodeling projects wherein the structure of building is significantly altered or updated. NOTE: The total cost should include a fair estimate of your personal labor contributed.
You must report if any structures have been destroyed.
For additional real property information please contact:
Chatham County Appraisal Division
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. Contact your realtor or closing attorney to determine if your taxes were prorated at the time of closing. 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.
Deadline: Listing of 2020 taxes began on January 1, 2020. Completed forms must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service no later than January 31, 2020. Property listings received after this date will have late penalties applied.
Real estate accounts that are past due are assessed a charge of 2% for the month of January and an additional 3/4% each month thereafter. North Carolina General Statutes mandate unpaid real estate accounts to be advertised in all local newspapers anytime between March 1st and June 30th. There is an additional cost to the taxpayer for this advertising. Enforcement of collections will begin when bills become delinquent. Legal remedies of collection may include garnishment of wages, attachments of bank accounts, rents, and foreclosure.