Important things to know about property tax late fees

by Sophie Tsang 05/08/2022

State laws impose property tax late fees for those who don't pay their taxes on time. These fees can vary in severity and amount by location, and often collect interest until you pay them in full. Luckily, property tax late fees are an avoidable expense as long as you understand your local tax code. Here are some tips to help:

Don't put it off

It's never too early to pay important bills. With property taxes, this is especially true. Even if your payment method is a simple online transaction, it pays to take care of it before the deadline. You never know when technology or otherwise could prevent your payment from going through on-time if you only have hours to spare. If mailing a check, allow ample time for postal delays caused by unexpected weather or other issues.

Know how to pay

It's common for phone lines to get busy close to tax deadlines. If you have a question or are unsure of how to pay, find an answer sooner rather than later. Investigate what sort of self-service options your municipality might offer, like online customer service or FAQs.

Understand penalty cancellation opportunities

If you happen to incur a late fee on your property taxes, it's best to pay it right away. However, in some rare circumstances, it's possible to have your penalty waived. If your local government offers a penalty cancellation request form, you can submit an official request to remove your late fees. These forms can take weeks to process, so act quickly if you think it might be the best option for your situation.

While property taxes constitute a major part of a homeowner's ongoing expenses, the best way to save money is to avoid late fees. Keep these tips in mind and consult your local tax authorities if you need more guidance.

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Sophie Tsang

  

Sophie’s Civil Engineering background and marketing expertise contribute to her broad understanding and high efficiency in marketing real estate properties. She has been consistently a top performer since 2005, and ranks top 1% of all Silicon Valley Realtors, and top 1000 Realtors in the country per World Street Journal Real Trends.

As a seasoned negotiator, Sophie’s no-nonsense marketing system and meticulous attention to details have been key success factors. She is known as the The Fixer, frequently helps sellers sell their homes when other agents had failed or given up. She helps buyers get into homes when they previously struggled. 18 years in Real Estate, Sophie has honed her skills on getting the best possible results for her clients. Her trusted network of vendors and use of cutting-edge technology ensure each step of each transaction is executed to achieve next level result!

Sophie is a proud parent of 2 Eagle Scouts. She has done guest speaking at Faith Radio, and written a column for World Journal Newspaper to share her Real Estate knowledge. Sophie is a Palo Alto Rotarian and a Paul Harris Fellow, also a Golden Gate Keeper (Golden Gate National Park Conservancy)