Helms column: Taxes on residential property due Jan. 15

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Guest columnist Carrie Helms is the Lancaster County treasurer.


While many of us are recovering from the holidays and are looking forward to a busy 2019, it’s important that county homeowners remember the residential property tax deadline is coming soon.

All residential property taxes are due in our office by Jan. 15. The late penalties can be costly, so please don’t be late.

Homeowners whose tax payments are postmarked after Jan. 15 will have a 3 percent penalty assessed. This penalty will rise to 10 percent after Feb. 1 and to 15 percent after March 18. Tax payments that have not been received by the Treasurer’s office by March 18 must be turned over to the Delinquent Tax Collector’s Office for collection actions.

If your property taxes are paid through an escrow account as part of your mortgage, you might want to double-check to make sure the payments were received in time. To make sure your taxes were paid, you can go online to www.mylancastersctax.org. If you don’t see where payment was made, contact your mortgage company.

As always, the Lancaster County Treasurer’s Office is ready to help with your questions about your taxes. Call us at (803) 285-7939. You can also get more information by looking up the Treasurer’s Office website at www.mylancastersctax.org.