County treasurers are reminding Idaho property owners who chose to split their 2012 property tax payments that the second half of the payment is due by 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 20.
There are several methods for property owners in Ada and Canyon counties to make property tax payments:
In person: Tax payments may be made in person on the first floor of the Ada County Courthouse at 200 W. Front St. in Downtown Boise. Canyon County property owners can make payments on the third floor of the Canyon County Courthouse, 1115 Albany St. in Caldwell. Both offices are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.
By mail: Send Ada payments to Ada County Treasurer, P.O. Box 2868, Boise, ID 83701. Send Canyon payments to Canyon County Treasurer, P.O. Box 730, Caldwell, ID 83606. Payments must be postmarked by June 20.
Online or by phone: Ada County credit and debit card payments may be made online or by phone for an additional 2.4 percent user fee. Credit card payments can be made by calling 1-800-272-9829 (use jurisdiction code 2212). Payments are also accepted online by electronic check for a fee of $5 for payments up to $10,000, and $20 for payments over $10,000.
Canyon County credit and debit card payments may be made online for an additional 2.5 percent user fee. Taxpayers will need their 10-digit bill number or PIN number, which can be found on their annual tax notice. Payments can be made via telephone by calling 1-855-895-6918. A user fee of $1.50 plus 2.5 percent is charged by the provider for this service. To avoid potential last-minute problems when paying electronically, it is recommended that electronic payments be made well in advance of the 5 p.m. cutoff time. Mailed payments must be postmarked by June 20. Any payments postmarked after June 20th or received after 5 p.m. June 20 are subject to a 2 percent late charge plus interest, which accrues at 1 percent per month beginning January 1, 2013.
Before making a payment, property owners should confirm whether they are directly responsible for making property tax payments, or if their lender does so on their behalf. Anyone who refinanced within the last six months should review their loan documents to determine if property taxes were paid at closing, or if funds were sent to their lender for subsequent payment. Additionally, when refinancing, the original lender often refunds the amount that was being held in escrow, and a property owner may not realize those funds were set aside for property tax payment
For questions, contact Ada County Treasurers Office at 287-6800, or Canyon County Treasurers Office at 454-7354.
For property owners in other counties, contact your respective county treasurer.
ESTIMATE 2013 PROPERTY TAXES
The Idaho Tax Commission has a nifty online 2013 property tax calculator.
Property owners in about a dozen Idaho counties, including Ada, can enter their taxable value and tax code area (found on 2013 property assessment) to get an estimate of their 2013 property taxes.
Property taxes will not be assessed until November, but the Idaho Tax Commission calculates the estimated taxes by using the current year's assessment, last years levy and the maximum levy increase allowed by state law.