The Union County Tax Administrator’s Office is available to help property owners pay taxes, list real and personal property, file for valuation appeals, and submit applications for tax deferment, exemption, and exclusion programs. Property owners should be aware of the upcoming deadlines listed below.
2020 Property Tax Bills Due January 5: The last day for Union County property owners to pay real and personal property taxes for 2020 without interest is Jan. 5. Union County is waiving the third-party processing fee for payments made online or over the phone starting Dec. 22 and through Jan. 15 to reduce in-person interactions due to COVID-19. Tax payments not postmarked by Jan. 5 begin accruing interest on Jan. 6 at the rate of two-percent for the first month late and three-fourths (¾) of one-percent each following month. There are several ways to pay your tax bill:
All tax bills remaining unpaid after Jan. 5, 2021, will be subject to delinquent collections enforcement measures including bank levies, wage garnishments, and other measures allowed by state law. Taxes not paid by Feb. 28, 2021 will be advertised as delinquent in a newspaper of general circulation.
Listing Personal Property and Changes to Real Estate: North Carolina law requires property owners to report changes to real property and to list personal property. Both business and individuals are required to file listings with the Tax Administrator’s Office between Jan. 1 and Jan. 31. Listing forms on existing accounts are mailed to the owner by the end of December; however, failure to receive a listing form does not invalidate the requirement to file. Listings can be made in person during normal business hours at the Tax Administrator’s Office at the Government Center located at 500 North Main Street in Monroe. Business and individual taxpayers can now list electronically through our secure portal on the Union County website. All personal property owners can obtain a replacement listing form online or by calling 704-283-3746.
Property owners showing “good cause” can obtain a filing extension to March 15 by applying online or by emailing your request to the Tax Administrator by Jan. 31. Failure to list either business or individual personal property by Jan. 31, unless an extension is granted, will result in a 10-percent late listing penalty.
Real estate property owners are not required to file real property listings; however, they are advised to report any new improvements or deletions to their property in order to ensure accurate taxation.
Filing Applications for Tax Deferment , Exclusion, and Exemption: Property owners wishing to apply for any tax deferment, exemption or exclusion programs should complete an application by January 31, 2021. Tax deferment programs include the present use value, historic preservation, and circuit breaker programs. Tax exclusion programs include permanently disabled, elderly and qualified disabled veterans. Tax exemption status applies to qualified charitable, educational, and religious institutions. All programs have different requirements that must be met, such as ownership, income, and use, before deferment or exclusion status is granted. Property owners can obtain additional information and apply online or call 704-283-3746 for more information.