What happens if my taxes are not paid by the due date?

Late interest begins on October 1st for the first half and April 1st for the second half payments. Interest accrues on the first day of each month if a tax payment is not paid before the due date. The interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month (rounded to the nearest dollar) with a minimum of one dollar. Late interest is added to the unpaid balance of your property taxes.

When the last day of the month is a Saturday, Sunday, or a holiday, the deadline for remitting tax payments without late interest or additional late interest for delinquent installments is extended to include the first business day of the following month.

Taxes that remain unpaid could be subject to tax sale. Once the taxes are sold at tax sale, they are paid by another party. A tax lien is then placed on the property and if it is not redeemed within the time specified by Iowa law, the tax sale certificate holder may initiate proceedings to obtain a tax deed on the property.

If you are mailing your tax payment it is very important that it is at the post office in time for a proper 30th or 31st postmark, which is acceptable.

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1. Where can I get the latest information or tax statement for my property?
2. When are my property tax payments due?
3. Whom should I contact if my mailing address changes or I have a name change?
4. I just purchased this property and I am now being told that I am responsible for the full years taxes, how can this be?
5. What should I do if I receive a tax statement on a home I recently sold? Am I responsible for the taxes on the sold property?
6. What happens if my taxes are not paid by the due date?
7. Why am I getting this tax statement when my mortgage company pays my taxes or I set up an auto-pay option??
8. Why were special assessment statements mailed to me?
9. What is tax suspension? Can my property taxes be suspended?
10. Is there any type of credit or help available for elderly, disabled, or low-income property owners?
11. Is there any type of credit or help available for low-income mobile home or manufactured home property owners?
12. What forms of payment are accepted?