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Collector-Treasurer

 Whiteside County Treasurer-Collector

        Darlene F Hook, County Treasurer     
 Karen McDearmon, Chief Deputy Treasurer    
     Penny VanKampen, Deputy Collector  
     200 East Knox Street    
      Morrison IL  61270     
   8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.  
    815-772-5196    
     815-772-5244 (fax)      
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     Important Property Tax Dates in 2013 

April 26   Mobile Home tax bills mailed
June 3   Mobile Home tax due
     
May 17   Real Estate tax bills mailed
May 20   Credit card payments accepted for real estate tax
June 19   Real Estate tax 1st installment due
June 20     A penalty is effective after due date pursuant to State Statues. Interest is added at a rate of 1.5% per month effective on the first day following each due date until tax is sold or forfeited. Parts or fractions of a month shall be considered a month.
July 19   Whiteside County Surplus Real Estate Sealed Bid Auction. Sealed bid forms due – for more information www.iltaxsale.com or call (1-800-248-2850)
Sept 4   Real Estate tax 2nd installment due
Sep 5   A penalty is effective after due date pursuant to State Statues. Interest is added at a rate of 1.5% per month effective on the first day following each due date until tax is sold or forfeited.  Parts or fractions of a month shall be considered a month. Additional cost may be incurred after the second installment due date.
Sept 9   Last day to pay real estate taxes at banks
Sept 18   Certified delinquent real estate tax letters mailed
Oct 2   Last day to pay real estate taxes with noncertified funds (personal checks) to the Collector
Oct 2
 
Last day to pay before delinquent real estate taxes published in newspaper
Oct 7 thru Oct 11 
 
Delinquent real estate taxes published in newspapers
Oct 28   Last day credit card payments accepted for real estate taxes
Oct 31   Last day to pay real estate taxes in the Treasurer’s office
Nov 1   Annual real estate tax sale 9:00 a.m.

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Participating Bank Collectors in Whiteside County

  The following banks will accept payment of  your Whiteside County real estate taxes May 20, 2013 thru September 9, 2013

Central Bank   Community State Bank
Erie State Bank Farmers National Bank
Fifth Third Bank First Federal Savings Bank
First Trust & Savings Bank Freedom Bank
Midland State Bank   People's Bank Tampico
Sauk Valley Bank  Sterling Federal Bank
The National Bank  U S Bank
Wells Fargo Bank   

 

     Forms available for download

Automatic Withdrawal Form

Real Estate Taxes Tax Sale Buyer Registration Form

Tax Bill Change of Address Form

      General tax information

The County Treasurer shall receive and safely keep the revenues and other public monies of the county, and all money and funds authorized by law be paid to her, and disburse the same pursuant to law. The County Treasurer must keep a record of all such funds and report monthly to the County Board the balances of these funds.   The County Collector prepares bills for the purpose of tax collection of real estate, drainage and mobile home taxes within Whiteside County. Upon receipt of tax monies the County Collector proceeds to disburse these funds to more than 130 taxing districts. The 2012 taxes payable in 2013 to be collected are $69,004,945.84. The first installment of real estate tax is due June 19, 2013 with the second installment due date on September 4, 2013. The County Collector holds a tax sale at the end of every tax year to sell the tax on every parcel that remains unpaid.

For assessment, property description, multiplier, exemption and tax bill mailing address change, contact the Supervisor of Assessments Office at (1-815-772-5195). Your local Township Assessor can explain how your assessment was determined. A listing of Township Assessors can be found by clicking here. For tax rate and tax levy and redemption of sold taxes, contact the County Clerk at (1-815-772-5189).   For tax billing and payment questions, contact the County Treasurer at (1-815-772-5196).

        Tax Collection Information

Your total real estate tax bill is payable in two installments. You will only receive one bill. Partial payments will not be accepted. Failure to receive a tax bill or receiving one late, for any reason, will not relieve tax payer from paying taxes or late penalties.

Duplicate Bill Fee $3.00

Postmark showing the due date is acceptable to avoid late penalty.   Make checks payable to Whiteside County Collector. Cancelled check will serve as receipt. Nonpayment of check by your bank voids receipt and tax payment. A $25.00 returned check fee will be assessed in addition to any applicable penalties. Personal checks will not be accepted 30 days prior to tax sale.

If a mortgage company is to pay your bill, it is your responsibility to call them and ask if they need you to send them a copy of your bill. Many mortgage companies pay electronically now and may not require a bill.

If you no longer own this property, forward to the new owner or return entire bill to Collector's office.

A penalty is effective after due dates pursuant to State Statues. Interest is added at a rate of 1.5 % per month until they are paid. Property owners who have delinquent taxes remaining after the second due date will be mailed a certified delinquent letter and a $10.00 fee will be added to the amount due. A delinquent tax list will be published after the second due date. Additional cost and interest will be added at tax sale.

If your mobile home is located in Whiteside County and taxed as mobile home and not real estate, you will receive a separate bill. Mobile home tax is based upon the year and square footage of the mobile home.

If you are in a drainage district for which Whiteside County is the Collector and there is an assessment due this year, the amount of that tax shall be included on your real estate tax bill.

    Tax Payment Information

You may pay your real estate tax bill in person at the Collector's office, 2nd floor, Courthouse, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270. Open Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., except on holidays.

You may pay your real estate tax bill at any bank in Whiteside County during the bank's normal business hours. The last day to pay at banks for this tax cycle will be September 9, 2013.

You may pay your real estate tax bill by mail. A postmark showing the due date is acceptable to avoid late penalty. Make checks payable to Whiteside County Collector. Send the appropriate tax stub with your payment. Mail to Whiteside County Collector, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270.

You may pay your real estate tax with a credit card in the following ways. A convenience fee will be required.

 Over the counter at Collectors office  Internet site www.illinoisepay.com  Toll free (1-877-690-3729) Jurisdiction Code #7038

You may pay your real estate tax bill by automatic withdrawal of funds (ACH) from checking or savings. You will need to complete and sign an authorization form and attach a voided check. The form is available to be downloaded from the website or you may call (1-815-772-5196) to have one sent to you. Withdrawals will take place on the 1st and 2nd installment due dates. The forms must be received 10 business days before the installment due date. The automatic withdrawal will remain in effect until revoked in written notification from the taxpayer.

      Tax Sale Information

Tax Sale will be November 1, 2013 and begin promptly at 9:00 a.m. The tax sale will be held in the Whiteside County Courthouse, first floor, Room 117, 200 East Knox Street, Morrison IL 61270.

The purpose of the Annual Tax Sale is to collect delinquent real estate taxes for the benefit of all taxing districts and to restore tax delinquent property to tax paying status. Please be aware that when you purchase at the tax sale, you are purchasing real estate taxes and not property. Purchasing taxes is a complex legal procedure and we highly recommend that you contact an attorney, and review the Illinois Compiled State Statues, Chapter 35.  

You must register in writing 10 business days prior to the tax sale with the Whiteside County Collector's office. To print the registration form click here. There is a $500.00 deposit in United States funds due with your registration form and that money will be applied to your purchases at the sale. You or your registered representative must be physically present at the sale to bid. The sale is automated and facilitated by: RAMS Auctions, Joseph E Meyers & Associates, 141 St Andrews Ave, Edwardsville IL 62025 (1-800-248-2850) or (1-618-656-5744).

A delinquent tax sale list will be available in the collector's office. There is a $100.00 non-refundable fee to purchase the list. Please note: the tax sale list is provided for the sole purpose of the delinquent property tax sale, use of this information for any other purpose is strictly prohibited. The County Collector reserves the right to deny sale of the list to anyone violating this rule. Delinquent tax sale listings are also published in part in local newspapers.

      Senior Citizens Tax Deferral Program

The Senior Citizens Real Estate Tax Deferral Act (320 ILCS 30/1 et seq.) allows qualified senior citizens to elect to defer all or part of the property taxes and special assessments on their principal residences. The principal residence is the homestead portion of the property and is the only portion of the property for which you can apply for deferral of taxes. The property taxes and special assessments do not become due until after the death of the property owner or when the real estate is sold or no longer qualifies. A lien is placed on the property and interest is assessed at six percent simple interest rate per year.

To qualify for the tax deferral you must
 

 Be 65 years of age or older by June 1, 2013

 Have a total household income of no more than $55,000

 Have lived in the property or other qualifying property for at least the last three years

 Own the property, or share joint ownership with your spouse, or you and your spouse be the  sole beneficiaries of an Illinois land trust

 Have adequate insurance against fire or casualty loss

 Have no unpaid property taxes and special assessments on the property

 
Qualifying property is a homestead that
 

You, or you and your spouse, own in fee simple, or are purchasing in fee simple  under a recorded instrument of sale, or are the sole beneficiaries of an Illinois land trust

Is not income-producing property, and

Is not subject to a lien for unpaid property taxes and special assessments

 
Forms will be available in January & February of the calendar year and must be received in the Treasurer's office by March 1st of each calendar year. Required paperwork will be:
 
   Forms
   IL-1017TD
   IL-1018TD
   Evidence of adequate insurance on the property




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