From County staff: The Mecklenburg County Tax Collector will mail tax bills to approximately 379,300 property owners and mortgage companies on August 25, 2010.
Tax bills are mailed directly to the owner of the property as of Jan. 1, 2010 or the mortgage company that requested the bill for property owners with tax escrow accounts. Property owners who escrow their property taxes with a mortgage company will receive a property tax notification from the Tax Collector. These owners should review the notice carefully to ensure the bill was sent to the correct mortgage company.

Real estate and personal property tax payments are due Sept. 1, 2010. Tax payments must be paid by Jan. 5, 2011 to avoid interest charges. If mailed, the payment must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service on or before that date. Property owners whose payments are postmarked on or after Jan. 6, 2011, will be charged 2-percent interest for the month of January 2011 and an additional ¾-percent every month thereafter until paid. Delinquent taxes will be advertised in local newspapers and an additional advertising fee will be added to each bill.

There are several payment options:
·         Cash
o   Accepted only in person at 700 E. Stonewall Street and 4150 Wilkinson Boulevard
o   Monday – Friday; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
·         Check & Money Order1
o   Payable to Mecklenburg County Tax Collector
o   Pay in person or mail to Mecklenburg County Tax Collector, PO Box 71063, Charlotte NC 28272-1063
o   24-digit tax bill number required
·         Credit Cards
o   OPC charges a convenience fee
o   Call 1-877-533-0072 or pay online via http://tax.charmeck.org
o   24-digit tax bill number required
·         eCheck
o   Free service
o   Call 1-877-533-0072 or pay online via http://tax.charmeck.org
o   24-digit tax bill number required
·         Online Banking 2
o   Personal banking online bill pay
o

1 Checks must have drawer’s name, drawer’s address, check number, financial institution’s name, and MICR numbers preprinted on the check. In addition, the check should have the current date, numbers printed, the amount paid spelled out, and a signature. Mecklenburg County does not accept starter, counter, altered, or photocopied checks.
2 If the entire tax bill number is not entered in the online bill pay account number field, the payment will be rejected and sent back to taxpayer’s bank. Interest will apply if payment is received on or after the interest begins date.

24-digit tax bill number in the account number field required.
Taxpayers with questions about their bill, property listings, or real estate valuations, can call City-County Customer Service at 311. Taxpayers calling from outside Mecklenburg County should dial 704-336-4600 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. More information is also available on the Office of the Tax Collector’s website. Visit http://tax.charmeck.org and then click on Office of the Tax Collector.

What is taxed? Property taxes are levied on real property (land and buildings) and personal property (boats, aircraft, income-producing business personal property, and unlicensed motor vehicles, etc.) The Tax Collector bills for licensed motor vehicles based on the monthly registration data from the N.C. Department of Motor Vehicles.