9/21/15 Property Tax Statement to be mailed Oct 1.

Property tax statements to be mailed Oct. 1

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Property tax season is upon us, and the Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office is preparing to issue approximately 86,000 tax statements for real and personal property. The 2015 Hall County property tax statements are scheduled for mailing Oct. 1 and are due Dec. 1.

In a concerted effort to save the time and resources of citizens, all property taxpayers are encouraged to remit their payment by mail, using the return envelope provided with their statement, to P.O. Box 1579, Gainesville, GA 30503 or online at tax.hallcounty.org. Citizens may also utilize the drop box located in front of the main doors of the Hall County Government Center, located at 2875 Browns Bridge Road, Gainesville, GA 30504.

To avoid the state-mandated interest of 1 percent on unpaid tax, the final payment must be postmarked on or before Dec. 1. A state-mandated penalty of 10 percent on unpaid tax is applied on March 2. Paying on or before March 1 will prevent the additional 10 percent penalty but will not prevent the 1 percent interest per month after the Dec. 1 due date.

In general, whoever owns a property on Jan. 1 of each year is responsible for that year's property tax. If property is purchased/sold (changes ownership) after Jan. 1, it is the responsibility of the buyer and seller to negotiate or determine who will pay the owed tax by the due date. Please refer to the closing documents or the closing attorney to determine tax liability for the current year. Also, please check with the mortgage company to make sure the tax is paid if utilizing an escrow account.

The Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. If there are any questions or if assistance is needed, please contact the Hall County Tax Commissioner's Office by phone at 770-531-6950, fax to 770-531-7111 or email propertytax@hallcounty.org.