Executive Order on the Waiver of Penalties for Delinquent Property Tax Payments in Indiana
Governor Eric Holcomb issued an Executive Order on March 19, 2020 which mandates that all counties waive penalties for delinquent non-escrow property taxes paid within sixty (60) days after May 11, 2020—the May installment due date.
Additionally, the mandate directs the state to work with counties that experience cash flow problems because of the waived penalties. The Department of Local Government Finance (“Department”) issued a memorandum to discuss these directives.
Waiver of Penalties for Late Property Tax Payments
- Property taxes remain due on May 11, 2020, however counties are to waive penalties on payments made after May 11, 2020, for a period of sixty (60) days.
- This waiver does not apply to tax payments which have been escrowed by financial institutions on behalf of property taxpayers.
- Each county shall waive any penalties for any property taxes paid within sixty (60) days after the statutory deadline; therefore, the spring installment may be paid up to and including July 10, 2020 without penalty.
- However, taxpayers are encouraged to make timely payments (that is, on or before May 11, 2020) in order to ensure orderly operations of government.
Please note that this will not apply to property tax payments made through an escrow account or mortgage company. This waiver applies to property tax liabilities for both real and personal property.
Personal Property Tax Returns
- The deadline under to file personal property returns for the 2020-Pay-2021 tax cycle will remain May 15.
- However, a taxpayer may on or before May 15 request a thirty (30) day extension.
- The assessor is encouraged to inform the taxpayers of this extension right and grant this extension to give the taxpayer until June 14, 2020, to make a timely filing.
While the Department is aware that some county offices have been closed during the public health emergency, counties must still work to ensure that the various reporting deadlines over the next sixty (60) days are met. To read more information contained within the ordinance memorandum, click here.
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