Tax bills

Iroquois County Treasurer Kurt Albers has announced that the 2018 payable in 2019 real estate tax statements have been mailed to the taxpayers of Iroquois County.

The deadline to pay the first installment without penalty is July 16, according to a news release. The second installment due date is Sept. 16. After the due dates a 1 ½ percent penalty must be added each month it remains unpaid, according to Illinois State Statutes. Taxpayers must include their tax bill when paying or a $1 fee will be charged.

The treasurer’s office is open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To avoid waiting in line, people may also pay by mail or at any bank in Iroquois County including Iroquois Federal, Commonwealth Credit Union and the First State Bank of Forrest in Onarga.

Taxpayers paying in person at the treasurer’s office or at the local banks should take the entire bill if they would like a receipt. Upon payment, the appropriate stub of the bill will be removed and then the date will be stamped on the back of the remaining part of the tax bill. If a person mails his or her payment and wishes to have a receipt, he or she must enclose the entire bill plus a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Credit card payments will be accepted by phone and online starting June 17. People may the treasurer’s office staff first at 815-432-6985 during office hours to verify the payment amount. He or she will be given the Government Payment Service phone number, website address, and the pay location and authorization codes. That phone number and the website will be available 24 hours a day 7 days a week to receive payments. Fees will be added based on the amount charged, there is a minimum service fee, and all fees are paid to and kept by Government Payment Service.

Members of any United States Armed Forces Reserve Unit can defer their real estate tax payment until 180 days after they return from active duty. This option is available if a person is called to active duty for deployment outside the continental United States and if a person is on active duty on the due date of any installment of taxes.

Remember that a drop box has been installed at the Administrative Center near the 911 Center so that taxpayers can drop off their payments during non-office hours.

Anyone who has questions about exemptions, assessed valuations, or address changes may contact the assessment office staff at (815) 432-6978.

Anyone who has questions regarding the tax rates is asked to contact the county clerk’s office staff at (815) 432-6960.

Anyone who has questions about their tax statements is asked to call the treasurer’s office at (815) 432-6985.