Frequently Asked Questions

When can I expect my property tax notice?

Property tax notices are required to be mailed by November 1st of each year. We typically mail tax notices mid-October. If you have not received a notice by the first of November, please contact the Millard County Treasurer’s Office so arrangements can be made to provide you with a copy. (You may also print a reproduction of your tax notice here TAX INFO SEARCH)

When are taxes due?

Taxes are due on November 30th of each year, unless that date falls on a weekend or holiday. A US postal service postmark is an acceptable form of proof of on time payment. The last two weeks of November are very busy, so early payment at our office or use of the Postal Service is encouraged.

Taxes become delinquent on December 1st. Delinquent taxes are assessed a penalty of $10.00 minimum or 2.5% of the tax, whichever is greater per parcel. The penalty will be reduced to the greater of 1% or $10.00 minimum if all delinquent taxes and the penalty are paid on or before January 31. In addition, interest is charged against any outstanding balance due beginning on February 1st retroactive to January 1st, and continuing until taxes are paid in full. The interest rate varies from year to year, and is set by State Statute. Properties on which taxes are not paid for (5) five years are eligible for tax sale. UCA 59-2-1331.

I have established an escrow account with my mortgage company so I don’t need to worry about my property taxes, right?

Wrong! It is the property owner’s responsibility to ensure their mortgage company pays their property taxes. If a mortgage company holds an escrow account that includes the payment of property taxes, the procedure for payment varies by company. Typically, each mortgage company will request the tax amount from our office. The mortgage company is required to make this request each tax season. If the request is received early enough, the requesting mortgage company will be listed on your tax notice. This is ONLY an indication of the mortgage company request for the tax information. You must determine whether the taxes will be paid by your mortgage company. We would also suggest you verify the following information with your mortgage company: your tax account information and the amount of taxes due. Even if your taxes are paid by your mortgage company, you will still receive the original tax notice for your records.

What forms of payment are accepted?

Acceptable forms of payment include cash, personal or bank check or money order.

Millard County Treasurer also accepts electronic payments (processed by a third party provider) which includes eCheck (debit from checking/savings account) and credit/debit card payments. For payment by telephone, please call 435-465-2078. For online payments, please click here: Secure Instant Payments – Millard County Property Taxes.

What are electronic payments and why do I have to pay to use this service?

Millard County uses a third party to process electronic payments. Electronic payments include debit/credit card payments and eCheck (debit from checking/savings account). Payments made electronically (either online or by telephone) will be charged a service/processing fee by the third party provider that processes the electronic payments.

The service/processing fee charged for debit/credit card transactions is 2.5% of the payment amount (minimum fee of $1.50); currently there is no fee charged for eCheck transactions.

When a debit/credit card is used there is a service/processing fee charged for processing the transaction. This service/processing fee covers the cost of the credit card transaction fee charged by the credit card companies. This fee does not come to Millard County. In most retail credit card transactions, the fee is paid for from the price of goods or services. However, Millard County cannot absorb the service/processing fee from taxes, nor are we willing to raise taxes in order to cover this fee.

When using electronic payments, please note that your payment will not be credited to your account until funds are received from the third party provider (typically 3-5 business days).

Why didn’t I receive a tax notice?

All Millard County property tax notices are mailed by November 1st of each year. It is the property owner’s responsibility to provide the County with your current mailing address. If the post office fails to deliver your notice, it is the property owner’s responsibility to contact the County to request a duplicate copy.

Ownership changes on a parcel that has been recently sold may not have been completed prior to the time that tax notices were printed. In this circumstance, the tax notice will go to the previous owner. They are responsible for forwarding the tax notice to the new owner.

Property tax notices for parcels of property that are split during the year are prepared as of the January 1st lien date. In this circumstance, the recordation of deeds would determine where the original tax notice is mailed.

If you have questions or concerns about delivery of your property tax notice, please contact our office. You may also access current property tax information on your parcels(s) here PROPERTY TAX INFO.

Will the penalty be waived if I didn’t receive a tax notice?

No. Failure to receive a tax notice does not invalidate the owner’s responsibility to or liability of paying taxes on time; not relieve them from paying penalties and interest associated with any late payment.

If you have not received your notice by the first part of November, please contact our office.

Taxes are included with my mortgage. Why did I receive a tax notice?

Millard County is required to mail both the Valuation Notice and Tax Notice to each property owner to inform them of their property value and tax status.

If a bank or mortgage company holds and escrow account that includes the payment of property taxes, they will typically request the tax information from the Millard County Treasurer’s Office. The mortgage company is required to make this request each tax season.

On your tax notice there is a yellow highlighted box that states: “These taxes may be paid by the following mortgage company: ” If your mortgage holder’s name appears in this space, they have already requested your information. This is ONLY an indication of the mortgage companies request for the tax information. You, as a property owner, must determine whether the taxes will be paid by your mortgage company. Please contact your mortgage company if you have concerns regarding your payment status.

What if I cannot pay my taxes?

Tax relief programs exist for citizens of Millard County who meet specific criteria.

Current programs include: Veteran’s Exemption (based on disability as a result of military service), Blind Exemption, Circuit Breaker (over age 65 or widow/widower), Disability/Hardship. The Millard County Auditor’s office administers the Property Tax Relief programs, more information about these programs can be found here Property Tax Relief.

For property owners who do not meet the criteria for tax relief, partial payments are accepted until taxes are paid in full. The applicable penalty is attached, and interest on delinquent taxes continues to accrue until taxes are paid in full.

Will my property be sold if my taxes are delinquent?

If property taxes remain unpaid following the lapse of four years from the date when the property tax became delinquent, the property will be included in the annual Real Property Tax Sale (held in May or June of each year).

Please note: Utah State Code 59-2-1346 requires that payments be applied to the most recent tax year first. A property could go to tax sale with one years taxes owing–if it has been five years delinquent. More information can be found here Tax Sale.

When I purchased my property, my property taxes were prorated. What does this mean?

The majority of title companies will prorate an estimate of the current year tax. This means a credit is shown to the buyer on the property closing settlement statement. This credit is an estimate of the sellers’ portion of the current years property tax for the period of time they owned the property. This credit is NOT paid to the County Treasurer for property taxes but is given to the buyer. The buyer is then responsible for the full years tax having received this credit.

Please refer to your property closing settlement statement to determine your specific circumstances and potential tax liability.

May I make partial payments on back taxes?

Yes! You may make payments of any amount at any time toward your back taxes. We can also help you set-up an automatic withdrawal for payments that works with your budget (just contact our office for assistance). Please note that interest does continue to accrue until the existing taxes, penalties, and interest are paid in full. Utah Code 59-2-1346 requires payments to be applied first to interest, then to penalties, then to taxes of the most recent tax year.

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