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Checklist for DeKalb County property tax bills

Published: Saturday, May 11, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT

DeKalb County residents should have received their property tax bills this week.

The DeKalb County Treasurer’s office mailed real estate tax bills to 42,780 county residents May 3 so officials could collect $202,911,050.54.

DeKalb County Treasurer Christine Johnson said all residents should have received their bills at this point.

Here’s some of the things you need to know:

What does my bill look like?

The bill is in a letter-size envelope with “This is Your Tax Bill” printed in a purple box on the front. Although there are two stubs for taxpayers to pay both installments, Johnson said residents will only receive one bill, so it is important not to throw it away after the first installment is paid.

Even if a resident’s bill will be paid by a mortgage company, Johnson said it is still important for them to keep their copy of the bill, as they will need it when they file their income taxes.

“It’s your home; you’ll want to see that bill,” she said. “It’s an important document to have.”

She also recommended residents check with the mortgage company to make sure the company will actually pay the bill.

“Ultimately, it’s the taxpayers responsibility that their bill gets paid,” she said.

When is my bill due?

Because bills are not due on the same date each year, Johnson said residents need to be aware of the dates for this year. The first installment is due June 3, with the second due Sept. 3.

Johnson recommends paying the bill a few days in advance to make sure it gets to the office in time.

How do I pay?

There are many payment options available to taxpayers.

Residents can pay their bill in person at most DeKalb County banks during normal business hours.

They can mail a check to DeKalb County Collector,110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore, IL 60178, with their parcel number on the check. They should include the appropriate payment stub.

Residents also can pay their bills by credit card both online or in person at the Treasurer’s Office, 110 E. Sycamore St., Sycamore. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted.

If taxpayers choose to pay by credit card, they will be charged a one-time convenience fee from the credit card company, which is determined as a percentage based on the amount of their bill.

If residents choose to pay online, they can go through the payment process and learn what their convenience fee is without submitting their payment, Johnson said. They can then choose whether or not they want to move forward with the payment process at that time.

Taxpayers also have the option of setting up a direct withdrawal from their bank account through the county’s website, dekalbcounty.org. They can enter payments up to 30 days in advance, Johnson said.

What else do I need to know?

A copy of your bill is also available on the DeKalb County website.

Any questions regarding real estate tax bills should be directed to the County Treasurer’s Office by calling 815-895-7112 or visit dekalbcounty.org.

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