ATHENS, Ga., Aug. 22 -- The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government issued the following news release:
The Athens-Clarke County Tax Commissioner has the responsibility of annually billing and collecting real estate and personal property taxes for taxable property in Athens-Clarke County. The 2014 tax bills for real estate and personal property were mailed on August 18 and are due by October 20, 2014.
Every property owner and business owner in Athens-Clarke County should receive a property tax statement and bill by August 30. Anyone who purchased property during 2013 and assumed the responsibility of paying taxes on the acquired property should receive a statement and bill for that newly-acquired property.
Property owners and business owners who do not receive a tax bill by August 30 should contact the Tax Commissioner's Office for assistance. Under Georgia law, bills are mailed to the last known address. Failure to receive a bill as a result of a move or change of address will not exempt a taxpayer from late fees, which are mandated by state law for any bill not paid by the deadline.
If contacting the Tax Commissioner's Office during normal business hours is not convenient, most questions can be answered and tax bill information can be obtained from the Tax Commissioner's Office website at www.athensclarkecounty.com/tc. Access to tax bill and property ownership information is available by selecting the "Pay Online" buttons or through the "Property Tax Inquiry" links. The new system allows citizens to search property tax information based on name, map number, address, or bill number. Enhancements in the new system also allow for queries from previous years and historical information, which is a functionality that was not available in the previous system. Payment information is kept current through daily updates conducted after close-of-business.
Individuals or business owners who receive a tax bill for property they no longer own should also contact the Tax Commissioner's Office for instructions on how to protect themselves from appearing delinquent. Staff will instruct them on how to have their liability removed from the record as provided by law. State law requires the January 1 owner, also known as the legal owner, be notified of the tax liability regardless of subsequent transfer of ownership. Even if the property has been sold, the Tax Commissioner is still required to send tax bills and delinquent notices to the legal owner. However, the Tax Commissioner also has the flexibility to notify a new owner if the tax liability has been properly transferred.
The Tax Commissioner's Office can be contacted by phone at 706-613-3120 or in person at the Athens-Clarke County Courthouse, 325 East Washington Street, Suite 250. Office hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Additional information is available on the Tax Commissioner's Office web site at www.athensclarkecounty.com/tc.
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