Property tax bills are due semi-annually (twice a year) or quarterly (four times a year), depending on the assessed or actual assessed value of the property.
If your property's assessed value goes over $250,000 you may receive a notice from DOF informing you that you will be billed semi-annually instead of quarterly.
More than $250,000
Less than $250,000
Due Date on Weekend or Holiday
If the payment due date or grace period due date (for quarterly payers) falls on a weekend or a federal holiday, the payment is due the next business day.
If you pay quarterly, you get a 15-day, interest-free grace period. You won’t be charged interest for payments postmarked as late as July 15, October 15, January 15, or April 15.
If the date falls on a weekend or City holiday, it’s due by the following business day.
If you pay before the due date, you’ll get a discount. For quarterly payers, the earlier you pay, the bigger your discount.
If you pay by:
- July 15: 0.5% discount for paying the full amount due
- October 15: 0.25% discount for paying the remaining balance
- January 15: 0.125% discount for paying the remaining balance
If you pay semi-annually and pay the entire amount owed for the tax year by July 1, you’ll get a 0.5% discount.
A payment is considered late if it isn’t paid or if a mailed payment isn’t postmarked by the due date or grace period due date (quarterly payers only). The Department of Finance is required by law to charge interest on the outstanding amount of property tax until it’s paid, even if you didn’t get a bill.
The interest rates charged for late payments are set annually by the City Council. Interest is charged starting from the due date and compounds daily, so the later you make the payment, the more interest you’ll owe.
Property with an assessed value of $250,000 or less:
- Through June 30, 2020: 7%
- July 1, 2020 - September 30, 2020: 3.25%
- October 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021: 5%
Property with an assessed value over $250,000:
- Through June 30, 2021: 18%
Interest Rates July 2020
Interest rates on unpaid property taxes remain at 7% for properties with an Assessed Value under $250,000 and 18% for properties with an Assessed Value over $250,000 through June 30, 2020. The property tax bills recently sent out by DOF are due on July 1, 2020. Quarterly tax bills for properties with an Assessed Value under $250,000, are due on July 1 but owners have a grace period through July 15, 2020 during which no interest is charged.
The City Council recently voted to establish a program to reduce late payment interest rates for certain property owners affected by COVID-19. If you cannot pay your bill by July 1, you should visit the DOF website or call 311 on or after July 1, 2020 for more information on how to apply.