Real estate taxes are assessed as of January 1st of each year.
Real estate taxes are billed semi-annually with due dates in February and July. Payments received by mail must have a postmark no later than the due date to avoid statutory penalty of 10%. Interest charges are placed on the tax rolls on August 1st and December 1st of each year.
Payments Options –
Auto Pay – Where funds are withdrawn from your bank account and your taxes are paid automatically on the due date. To download an application form, please click HERE. Note: You must first pay any past-due taxes to qualify for this plan.
TEPP (In-House Escrow) Program – Is a budgeting tool that allows taxpayers to make monthly payments towards their semi-annual taxes at their convenience with payment coupons. To download an agreement form, please click HERE. Note: You must first pay any past-due taxes to qualify for this program.
TEPP (In-House Escrow) Autopay Program – Is a budgeting tool that allows taxpayers to have their semi-annual taxes automatically withdrawn on a monthly basis. 2 forms need to be completed and returned for this program: TEPP Agreement and TEPP Autopay Form. Note: You must first pay any past-due taxes to qualify for this program.
If you need to change the mailing address for your tax bills, please click HERE.
Notice to New Home Buyers You can possibly save costly penalties if, prior to the purchase of property, you make sure there are no prior delinquent taxes owed, and pre-arrange who will pay the current year’s taxes. Please keep in mind that as a new property owner, Ohio law requires that you be responsible for the timely payment of taxes on your property. DO NOT WAIT TO BE NOTIFIED or expect receipt of a tax bill. None may be forthcoming. Make it a matter of your personal attention and responsibility to find out what taxes are due and owed by you, as required by law. In a normal closing, current year taxes are usually pro-rated at the time of closing, based on the number of calendar days each party held ownership during the tax year. Pro-ration is a matter strictly between the parties involved. The Treasurer cannot adjust the taxes. The amount that is shown on the tax bill is the amount due by the party determined at the close of escrow. Check your title papers to see if you were credited or debited an amount for the time during the year you owned the property.
Avoid Penalties! Make sure that you receive bills for all parcels that you own. Check-off the bills as you receive them and contact the Treasurer’s office at (419) 223-8515 if you are missing any bills. UNDER OHIO LAW, IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TREASURER TO MAIL THE TAX BILLS, BUT IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE TAXPAYER TO OBTAIN ALL TAX BILL(S) AND TO MAKE TIMELY PAYMENT. Please return promptly to this office any bill that you are not legally bound to pay, giving this office information so that the bills might be forwarded to the proper person.
Delinquent Contracts (Payment Plans) – Your property could be subject to foreclosure for tax delinquency if your taxes are not paid within one year from the date they are due. We can offer payment plans to help you pay your delinquent taxes and avoid possible foreclosure. Please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (419) 223-8515 to discuss payment options.
Ohio Revised Code Required Notices:
Notice: If the taxes are not paid within one year from the date they are due, the property is subject to foreclosure for tax delinquency. Ohio Revised Code 323.131 (C)(1).
Notice: If the taxes charged against this parcel have been reduced by the 2-1/2 per cent tax reduction for residences occupied by the owner but the property is not a residence occupied by the owner, the owner must notify the county auditor’s office no later than March 31 of the year following the year for which the taxes are due. Failure to do so may result in the owner being convicted of a fourth degree misdemeanor, which is punishable by imprisonment up to 30 days, a fine up to $250, or both, and in the owner having to repay the amount by which the taxes were erroneously or illegally reduced, plus any interest that may apply.If the taxes charged against this parcel have not been reduced by the 2-1/2 per cent tax reduction and the parcel includes a residence occupied by the owner, the parcel may qualify for the tax reduction. To obtain an application for the tax reduction or further information, the owner may contact the Allen County Auditor’s Office at (419) 228-3700, ext. 8794 or visit 301 N. Main St, Room 105, Lima, OH 45801. Ohio Revised Code 323.131 (C)(2).
Members of the National Guard and reserve components of the Armed Forces who have been called to active duty may be eligible for a time extension to pay real estate and manufactured home taxes. Please contact the Treasurer’s office for information (419) 223-8515. Ohio Revised Code 323.122 (F).s
Allen County Auditor
301 N. Main St, Room 105
Lima, OH 45801-4434
(419) 228-3700 ext. 8794
Please notify the Allen County Auditor if you have questions regarding:
The Appraised Value of Your Property – An increase in the amount of your current real estate tax must be attributed to valuation changes, tax levies, or bond issues. Any increase due to tax levies or bond issues is voted upon and passed by the voters in your taxing district. Your taxable value is 35% of the market value of your property. Neither your County Auditor nor your County Treasurer have the authority to increase your taxes. Your real estate taxes are based on the appraised value of your home. You have the right to appeal the appraised value of your home by filing a complaint with the Board of Revision. Complaints must be received by the Auditor’s Office between January 1st and March 31st. Postmarks are NOT accepted.
Homestead Tax Reduction The State of Ohio provides a real estate tax relief program for home owners who are elderly (65 years of age and older) OR for individuals who are totally and permanently disabled. The Homestead Reduction lowers the value of your home by $25,000. To download an application form, click HERE. Applications may be mailed and are accepted year around, or delivered to the Auditor’s Office. For more information, or to receive an application, please contact the Allen County Auditor’s Office at (419) 228-3700 ext. 8794.