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Office Address:
301 N. Main St.
Rooms 201 & 203
Lima, OH 45801-4434

Mailing Address:
PO Box 123
Lima, OH 45802-0123

Phone:(419) 223-8515
Fax:(419) 222-7852

Email:
treasurer@allencountyohio.com

When are my real estate taxes due?
Why do the due dates for payment change?
How much are my real estate taxes?
To whom do I make the check payable?
Where can I pay my real estate tax bill?
Are credit cards and e-checks accepted?
Can I have my taxes automatically taken out of my bank account?
Can I prepay my real estate taxes on a monthly basis?
Have my real estate taxes been paid?
What if I pay my taxes late?
Can I appeal to have my penalty waived?
Can a receipt for real estate tax payments be sent to me by mail?
How can I change the mailing address for my real estate tax bill?
Why is the previous owner’s name on my tax bill?
What should I do if I didn’t receive a tax bill?
My real estate taxes are paid with my mortgage, but I received a tax bill. What should I do?
How are my taxes determined?
Why are real estate taxes collected one year in arrears?
Is there a real estate tax deduction for elderly or disabled people? 


1. When are my real estate taxes due?
Tax bills are mailed out twice each year, typically in January and June. The due date for payment is usually a month later, in February and July.

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2. Why do the due dates for payment change? The due date for payment of real estate taxes is established by the Treasurer but is dependent on when the Auditor provides the actual computer file of correctly calculated tax amounts. Generally, the 1st half taxes are due on the second Friday in February, and the 2nd half taxes are due on the second Friday in July.

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3. How much are my real estate taxes? You can determine the amount of your taxes by clicking on Search and Pay Property Taxes tab on this website and finding your property.

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4. To whom do I make the check payable? Allen County Treasurer.

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5. Where can I pay my real estate tax bill? 

  • Online! Simply click on the Search and Pay Property Taxes tab on this website. Find your property, click on the View tab, then select your payment type (Full Payment, or Partial Payment). Follow the ensuing directions and click on Proceed to Secure Checkout.
  • You can pay your tax bill in person at the Treasurer’s Office located at 301 N. Main St, Room 201, Lima, Ohio 45801. We are open from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
  • Also, you can drop your check with bill stub off at any one of the following financial institutions (going inside or using their drive-thru service):
     

NOTE: You do not have to be a customer of these institutions to drop-off your payment with them. They serve as an extension of the Allen County Treasurer’s Office and provide this service Free of Charge to all Allen County Taxpayers! It is their way of giving back to our community! These institutions only collect payments from mid January to the February deadline; and from mid June to the July deadline. They do not take payments year round.

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6. Are credit cards accepted? YES, Master Card, Visa, American Express, and Discover cards are accepted by phone (888-546-3679), in the office and online. There is a convenience fee charged by Point and Pay for these services. For Credit Cards, the fee is 2.5% per transaction. Visa debit cards charge a flat $3.95 fee.

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7. Can I have my taxes automatically taken out of my bank account? YES, for your Real Estate & Manufactured Home Taxes. We have several ways to do this:

  • TEPP–Auto (In-House Escrow) Program – we simply deduct your monthly payments from either your checking or savings account, you choose! Your annual taxes are spread over 10 months. To sign up for this program, please click HERE to download the agreement form. Then, click HERE to download the enrollment form so we have your bank information for your payments. In addition, you will need to submit either a copy of a voided check or your savings account document showing your routing number (ABA number) and your account number. Simply mail all three items to our office and we will get you setup. As a convenience to you, we will send you a letter indicating the dates and amounts to be pulled from your account.
  • AUTO–Pay Program – where our office deducts the exact amount you owe from your bank account by the due dates. You never have to worry about deadlines or penalties again! We have three plans available, and you can choose any one of them:
    • February & July Half Tax (Plan 3035) – we will deduct the exact amount of your half taxes on each due date.
    • December Annual Tax (Plan 3036) – we will deduct your annual tax on the last business day in December.
    • December & July Half Tax (Plan 3037) – we will deduct the exact amount of your half taxes. The first deduction will occur on the last business day in December, the second will occur on the due date in July.

      To sign up for one of these programs, please click HERE to download the enrollment form so we have your bank information for your payments. In addition, you will need to submit either a copy of a voided check or your savings account document showing your routing number (ABA number) and your account number. Simply mail all three items to our office and we will get you setup. As a convenience to you, we will send you a letter indicating the dates and amounts to be pulled from your account. 

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8. Can I prepay my real estate taxes on a monthly basis? YES. You can enroll in the TEPP (In-House Escrow) Program – this is where we send you monthly coupons. Your annual taxes are spread over 10 months. You will receive four coupons each half year with the balance of your half taxes on you actual tax bill (half taxes broken into five payments). To sign up for this program, please click HERE to download the agreement form.

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9. Have my real estate taxes been paid? You can find out if your taxes have been paid by clicking on the Search and Pay Property Taxes tab on this website to find your property.

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10. What if I pay my taxes late? If your payment is post-marked after the due date, State Law mandates a penalty be assessed. The penalties are as follows:

  • Payments made within 10 days after the due date will be assessed a 5% penalty.
  • Payments made after 10 days past the due date will be assessed a 10% penalty.

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11. Can I appeal to have my penalty waived? YES, you can apply to have your penalty waived. Simply click on HERE for the Application for the Remission Form. Complete the form, print it out, and mail it to the Treasurer’s Office.

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12. Can a receipt for real estate tax payments be sent to me by mail? YES. To get a receipt when making your tax payment by mail, enclose your entire bill and a self-addressed, stamped envelope with your payment.

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13. How can I change the mailing address for my real estate tax bill? To change the mailing address of your tax bill you must send us the request. Click HERE for the form. Simply fill-it out and mail it to our office.

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14. Why is the previous owner’s name on my tax bill? When a property has been recently transferred it takes one year to clear the previous owner’s name out of the system. This does not mean that you are not responsible for the payment of your real estate tax bill.

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15. What should I do if I didn’t receive a tax bill?
If you did not receive a tax bill, please mail a request to the Allen County Treasurers Office or call our office at 419-223-8515 to request a copy of your tax bill.

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16. My real estate taxes are paid with my mortgage, but I received a tax bill. What should I do? If you receive a tax bill in error, contact your mortgage company immediately to determine if they have collected the funds and intend to pay the bill.

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17. How are my taxes determined? Your Market Value is multiplied by 35% to arrive at your Assessed Value. Your Assessed Value is then multiplied by the Effective Tax Rate for your political subdivision to arrive at your Gross Tax.

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18. Why are real estate taxes collected one year in arrears? Tax levies are imposed in the year voted on by the citizenry. For example, during the regular May primary or November general elections, the levies passed by the voters are for that current tax year. However, the tax bills are actually payable in the following year. For example, the voters approve a five year levy in November of 2011 – the tax bills for 2011 will be payable in 2012.

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19. Is there a real estate tax deduction for elderly or disabled people? YES. The Homestead Credit is available to anyone 65 years of age or older who is permanently and totally disabled, and who apply for this credit with the County Auditor’s Office between the first Monday in January and the first Monday in June. You can get this application by clicking on HERE. Simply complete the form, print it out, and mail it to the County Auditor prior to the deadline. Postmarks are acceptable.
 

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