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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

 
When are property taxes due?
Where do I pay my property taxes?
What determines a timely payment?
What information should be included when paying my property taxes?
How can I make my property tax payment by credit card?
What happens if my property tax bill is delinquent?
When are property tax bills mailed out?
What should I do if my property tax bill is not received?
How can I get a copy of my property tax bill?
What if I have a question about my assessment?
Who qualifies for the lottery and gaming credit?
What is the First Dollar Credit?
Where do I pay my personal property taxes?
How do I contact my local clerk/treasurer?
 
Where do I pay my property taxes?

Prior to January 31st of each year, all current year property tax payments and checks should be made payable to and paid to your local treasurer.
 
After February 1st, property tax payments should be made payable to and paid to the Walworth County Treasurer.
 
The Walworth County Treasurer’s office does have a drop box located in the parking lot on the north side of the Government Center.

What determines a timely payment?

Please refer to the back of your tax bill for the statutory definition of a timely payment on current year tax payments. 
 
For delinquent payments, the statutes allow for United States Postal Service postmarks to be used as the effective date of payment. Please have the Post Office hand stamp your envelope with the current day’s post mark if paying at the end of a month.

What information should be included when paying my property taxes?

Please include a copy of your tax bill or reminder notice with your tax payment.  If not available, write the tax key number on your check.  If sending one check for multiple payments, please include a list showing the tax key number and amount to be paid.
 
If you want a receipt, please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope.
 
Tax receipt is not valid until all payments have cleared all banks.

What happens if my property tax bill is delinquent?

Delinquent property taxes are charged interest and penalty at a rate of 1.5% per month on the unpaid tax owed, beginning February 1st until paid in full. All delinquent property taxes are payable to the Walworth County Treasurer’s Office. If property taxes are delinquent for 2 or more years, the property will be subject to foreclosure.

When are property tax bills mailed out?

Property taxes are mailed out by each municipality in mid-December of each year.

What should I do if my property tax bill is not received?

If you do not receive your property tax bill by December 20th please contact your local treasurer.
 
Failure to receive your property tax bill does not exempt you from paying property taxes timely, and interest and penalty due to delinquency.

How can I get a copy of my property tax bill?

Tax bill information is available on this Walworth County website.  Click here.
 
A copy of the tax bill can also be obtained from the Treasurer’s office at cost of $1.00 per copy. Send a self-addressed, stamped envelope along with your written request including the tax year, tax key number and payment to:
 
Walworth County Treasurer
PO Box 1001
Elkhorn, WI   53121

What if I have a question about my assessment?

All assessment questions should be directed to your local assessor.  For more information please contact your local treasurer.

Who qualifies for the lottery and gaming credit?

Homeowners in Wisconsin who use the home as their primary residence on January 1st of the year in which the property taxes are levied qualify for a lottery and gaming credit. Click here for more information.

What is the First Dollar Credit?

Beginning with the 2008 tax bill, State of Wisconsin taxable parcels containing a real property improvement qualify for the First Dollar Credit.  Click here for more information.

Where do I pay my personal property taxes?

All personal property taxes for businesses or mobile homes are due to your local treasurer by January 31st.

 
 
 

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