Delinquent Tax Collection
The purpose of the Delinquent Property Tax Division is to collect back taxes, which include taxes that are at least one year past due owed to county or state organizations . In conjunction with the Fayette County Clerk’s Office and the Fayette County Sheriff’s Department, the Fayette County Attorney’s Delinquent Tax Division issues hundreds Delinquent Tax Notices a year. The efforts of the Fayette County Attorney’s Delinquent Tax Division result in excess of $1,000,000 per year in tax revenue for Fayette County that would otherwise go unpaid.
After property tax bills become delinquent and are transferred from the Sheriff to the County Clerk they become certificates of delinquency and are submitted to our office for collection.
Letters are then sent to the delinquent tax payers advising them that the bills are subject to collection and addresses the possible results of non-payment, which ultimately include foreclosure.
Once these bills are advertised and sold by the Clerk, third party investors have the opportunity to purchase them. Once purchased, there may be many additional fees added to the bills.
Taxpayers may be eligible to enter into installment payment agreements with this office. The terms and conditions of those agreements are determined by the County Attorney. If an agreement is entered into prior to the Clerk’s sale and the taxpayer is current on the payments under the agreement, the underlying bills are not subject to be purchased by investors.
The Fayette County Attorney’s Office works with property owners and businesses owners to ensure prompt payment of taxes. In some cases, our office is able to work with property and business owners to set up payment arrangements on outstanding tax amounts. Please contact our office with any questions you might have or to see if you qualify for a payment agreement. Contact: Diane McKenna (859)226-1825