Postcards may start arriving in some people’s mailboxes this weekend, when the tax assessor-collector starts sending out reminder notices for late accounts.
This is a change for the office, said Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector Michelle French. For many years, the tax office would place newspaper advertisements to remind people of the deadline to pay property taxes but didn’t notify anyone individually this early in the year that they were late on their taxes.
State law dictates when the formal delinquency notices are mailed. Late personal property accounts get mailed in February, but real property accounts don’t go out until May.
Occasionally, late-payers are surprised to learn they hadn’t paid the tax bill until they receive the May notice. By then, interest and penalties have accrued for several months and the taxpayer may owe hundreds or thousands of dollars more, French said.
The postcard is a courtesy notice to help taxpayers save that money since by law the tax office cannot forgive penalties and interest owed, French said.
French anticipates about 35,000 postcard will go out to real property owners who are late as of Feb. 13. Another 4,300 delinquent notices are being mailed to those with past due personal property accounts.
For payment options, visit the Denton County Tax Assessor-Collector website, tax.dentoncounty.com or call 940-349-3500.
PEGGY HEINKEL-WOLFE can be reached at 940-566-6881 and via Twitter at @phwolfeDRC.