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Property Taxes

No appointment is necessary to pay property taxes.

Hours

Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Appointments are NOT needed to pay property taxes, please bring your tax statement/stubs with you.

Paying Taxes Online

You may pay taxes through our payment website by name, address, or parcel number listed on tax statements.

Pay your property taxes online with an eCheck for only .25 cents (which is less than a postage stamp!) or you can pay with a debit ($2.00 convenience fee) or credit (2.25% convenience fee of the total amount due) card.

Be sure to double check your account number that you enter when paying online.
There is a $30.00 return charge for any kind of return on your payment.

Pay Taxes

Due Dates

  • Property taxes may be paid in full in September each year or split into two installments:
    • The first half is due September 1 and becomes delinquent October 1;
    • The second half is due March 1 of the following year and becomes delinquent April 1;

Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar with a minimum penalty due of one dollar.

Payment Methods

* A Fee of $30.00 will be charged for all dishonored checks, drafts, or orders as prescribed in Iowa Code 554.3512

  • In office with cash, check or debit ($2.00 convenience fee) or credit (2.25% convenience fee of the total amount due) card, please bring tax statement/stubs with you.
  • Mail (must be postmarked by the end of the month to avoid 1.5% penalty), please return the stub provided at the top of your statement with your check or money order. DO NOT SEND CASH BY MAIL.
    • If you would like a tax receipt, please also include self-addressed, postage-paid envelope with the payment.

Pay Online

Pay Online

Pay your property taxes online with an eCheck for only .25 cents (which is less than a postage stamp!) or you can pay with a debit ($2.00 convenience fee) or credit (2.25% convenience fee of the total amount due) card.

Be sure to double check your account number that you enter when paying online.
There is a $30.00 return charge for any kind of return on your payment.

Accepted Credit Cards

  • MasterCard
  • Visa
  • Discover

Partial & Scheduled Payments

Winnebago County allows partial payments of current property taxes. By law, you cannot make a partial payment on a tax sale or special assessment. If, at any time, you want to pay towards your property taxes, we will accept any amount of partial payment. 
You can make partial payments directly to our office. Or, if you prefer, you are able to schedule automatic payments from your bank account either by e-check or card. The scheduled payments will be handled through the Iowa Treasurer's website by creating an account and setting up the schedule. To do this, you will need to follow these steps:

  1. Add the property or properties you want to pay on the automatic schedule,
  2. Set up payment account or enter your banking information, 
  3. Set up schedule.  You can set up the schedule to pay monthly, weekly, bi-weekly or on a set date. 

Here, you can also click "auto amount" or choose to pay a set amount each month. 

By selecting the auto amount, the system automatically calculates the number of payments you've selected and the amount needed by the due date (September 30 and/or March 30) and then will automatically pull that amount. 

If you choose to pay a set dollar amount each month, you need to be aware that the amount chosen may not cover the full amount of property taxes by the due date.  If this happens, you could incur late fees and/or additional interest. 

Copies of Tax Statements

A copy of your real estate tax statement can be printed online through the online payment website iowatreasurers.org. Simply search your property/parcel and click the “View Statement” link located there. Paper statements are also mailed out annually in August to the homeowner.

Notice of Delinquent Taxes

The law requires:

  • A notice is sent to property owners who have outstanding taxes as of November 1 and May 1.
  • A notice of the annual tax sale shall be mailed not later than May 1 to the person in whose name the parcel subject to sale is taxed
  • Payments for redemption from tax sales must be paid by guaranteed funds. The rate of interest required by Iowa law to be paid on a redemption is 2% per month.

Delinquent taxes as of May 1 are assessed a publication fee and must be advertised for sale at the annual tax sale in June.

Property Tax Credits

  • Elderly and Disabled Tax Credit:

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*** IMPORTANT: Claimants of the elderly and disabled credit MUST file a claim EACH year in order to receive the (maximum) benefit of the tax credit. ***

  • The Iowa legislature allows a property tax credit based on total household income for residents of Iowa, aged 65 and older, or age 18 and older, and totally disabled. 
  • Total household income for 2022 must be less than $25,328.00.
  • The income requirements change annually. Claimants can receive a maximum credit of $1000.
  • To file for this credit, complete and return this form to the office: Iowa Property Tax Credit Claim form. It must be returned to the office before June 1st.

NEW THIS YEAR: Those age 70 or older, with high household income, now qualify for the property tax credit or "freeze" in 2022 and subsequent years.  The first year will act as the base amount for the property tax freeze.  Below are the qualification guidelines: 

2022 Household Income Guidelines
for Persons Age 70 and Over

If number of persons in family/household is:

and total household income is less than:

1

$33,975

2

$45,775

3

$57,575

4

$69,375

5

$81,175

6

$92,975

7

$104,775

8

$116,575

For families/households with more than 8 persons, add $11,800 for each additional person.

  • Mobile /Manufactured Home Reduced Tax Rate:
    • The Iowa legislature allowes a property tax credit based on total household income for residents of Iowa, aged 23 and older, or age 18 and older and totally disabled. Iowa Resident as of December 31, 2022.
    • Total 2022 household income was less than $25,328.00.
    • Rented the property during any part of 2022.
  • Military Exemptions, Homestead Credits, and Tax Abatements:
    • Military exemptions, homestead credits, and tax abatements are administered by the Winnebago County Assessor's Office. Contact the Assessor's page or office for further assistance. 

For more information about property taxes, please check out our frequently asked questions section. 

Property Tax FAQ

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