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Q. When should I receive my tax bill?

A. You should receive your real estate and personal property tax statement for the current year by the middle part of November. If only the first half of the current year taxes are paid in December, the second half tax statements are mailed out in Mid May. If the full amount was paid in December, you should not receive a second half statement.

Q. What if my mortgage company pays my real estate taxes and I received the tax bill?

A. If you have an escrow account for your real estate taxes with a mortgage company, the mortgage company should receive the tax statement. If you do receive the tax statement instead of the mortgage company, we ask you to forward it to the mortgage company so they can pay taxes from the escrow account. We also ask you to have your current mortgage company notify the County Treasurer's office so that we can get the correct billing information from them.

Q. What should I do if I don't receive a tax bill?

A. If you are to receive a statement but do not by the end of November, please contact the County Treasurer's office at 785-543-6895.

Q. When are my real estate taxes due?

A. If you are responsible for paying taxes on a home or other real estate property, the full amount could be paid or the half amount on or before December 20 of that tax year. If the first half is paid, the second half of that year's taxes are due on or before May 10 of the following year.

Mortgage companies are required by Federal Law to make half payments, so they will be paying taxes on or before December 20 and on or before May 10.

Q. What happens if I don't pay my real estate taxes on time?

A. If the first half of the current year real estate taxes are not paid by December 20, interest will start accruing December 21.

If the mortgage company was to have paid these taxes, you must inform them that the Treasurer's office for the County did not receive the payment. If there are any questions, the mortgage company needs to call the County Treasurer's office at 785-543-6897.

You or the mortgage company can pay the first half of the current year taxes with interest up until May 10. After May 10, if the first half of the real estate taxes has not been paid, the full amount of the current year tax plus interest will have to be paid. If the current year tax has not been paid by the first of August, there will be an additional fee of $16.00 for advertising. Phillips County is required by Kansas State law (KSA79-2303) to publish a list of unpaid real estate taxes.

If taxes go unpaid by the first Tuesday after the first Monday in September, taxes will be put on the delinquent tax roll, and it becomes a lien on the real estate. If you want to pay delinquent years, Kansas State Law (KSA79-2401A) requires that the most delinquent year be paid first. Example: If you have taxes owing for 1993, 1994, and 1995, the full amount for 1993 must be paid before payment for the 1994 and 1995, or, of course, you can pay all the years at once.

Q. When would my real estate property be up for tax sale?

A. Real estate property taxes three years delinquent are subject to a tax foreclosure action and public sale.

Q. When are my personal property taxes due?

A. The first half of the personal property taxes are due on or before December 20. If you pay the first half of the personal property taxes in December, the second half is due on or before May 10 of the following year.

Q. What happens if I don't pay my personal property taxes on time?

A. If the first half of the personal property taxes are not paid by December 20, the full tax amount plus interest becomes due, starting December 21. Delinquent notices for personal property are sent out the third week in February. If they are not paid, warrants are issued. Warrants are issued 30 days after notices are mailed. Tax warrants go to the County Sheriff for collection of delinquent taxes, interest, and sheriff fees. Payments are payable to the County Sheriff.

If you paid the first half of your personal property taxes on time, the second half of the personal property taxes are due on or before May 10. If these taxes are not paid by May 10, interest will begin to accrue.

Delinquent personal property tax notices are mailed on or before July 27. If they are not paid, tax warrants are issued by August 15. Kansas State Law (KSA79-2017) requires delinquent personal property to be advertised in October. If you have any previous years owing on personal property tax, they must be paid at the County Treasurer's office.

Q. What is the interest charged on delinquent taxes?

A. At the current time, it is 12% annually.

Q. Can I make partial payments on my taxes?

A. No. Depending on the time of year, you can only make half or full payment. Partial payments can only be made through the Tax Escrow Program.

Q. What type of payment is acceptable for tax payment?

A. You may use a personal check, money order, cashier's check, or cash.

Q. To whom do I make my check out?

A. For real estate and personal property tax statements and reminders, make checks payable to Phillips County Treasurer. For personal property tax warrants, checks should be made out to Phillips County Sheriff.

Q. Where can I pay real estate and personal property taxes?

A. You may pay your taxes at our office located at the Treasurer's Office, County Courthouse, 2nd Floor, 301 State St. Phillipsburg, KS.

Q. To where can I mail my tax payment?

A. The Phillips County Treasurer, P.O. Box 372, Phillipsburg, Ks. 67661.

Q. Does the Phillips County Treasurer accept credit cards?

A. No.

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