Information about Online Property Tax Payments, responsibilities of the tax department, collection of property taxes and general property tax information.


  Clay County Treasurer - Property Taxes

Online Property Tax Payments
Many forms used in the Tax and Motor Vehicle may be accessed and printed at this website.  You may also pay property taxes online.  Click on this link - Iowa State County Treasurers Association - and follow the instructions.  Payment may be made with Credit Card, Debit Card and by e-check.

March 2020 Property Tax Payment Reminder
2nd half due by Tuesday, March 31, 2020
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Governor Reynolds extends late interest/penalty until April 30, 2020. 
Penalty begins May 1, 2020.
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The Tax Department handles the following responsibilities:
Collection of Taxes on:
  Real estate property
  Mobile Homes
  Buildings on leased land
Collection of:
  County special assessments
  City special assessments
  Miscellaneous revenue from other office
Conducts annual and adjourned tax sale
Processes tax sale redemptions
Issues tax sales deeds
Pursue collection of tax liens by ordinary lawsuit or by proceeding to the taking of the tax sale deed
Prepare for publishing a newspaper notice of tax sale
Send notice of delinquent taxes to taxpayers with outstanding taxes as of February 1
Send notice of annual tax sale no later than May 1
Processes tax suspension
Prepares mobile home tax clearance
Administers the Iowa Property Tax Credit Claims for senior citizens or disabled persons, based on age/income
Apportions to various districts
Investments or revenues
Prepares monthly and yearly reports
Keeps accurate record of all monies received and disbursed
Submits accurate financial records for annual audit

Collection of Property Taxes:
It is the Treasurer's duty to collect all taxes, certified by the County Auditor, which includes real estate, mobile homes, special assessments, buildings on leased land, equipment assessed as real estate, utilities and grain handlers.  The County Auditor delivers tax lists of the various districts to the Treasurer at the beginning of each fiscal year.  Taxes are segregated in taxing districts, and the amounts collected are apportioned to the various funds; State, Area Schools, Ag Extension, Assessor/Appraiser, County, School, Corporate Entities and Townships.
Property Tax Information
Tax statements are mailed once annually in August.  Tax statements are not mailed for the March payment
The annual statement has two payment coupons.  Please enclosed the coupon with your payment
The Clay County Treasurer does not have a copy of your tax statement in the office.  You must include your coupons with your payment to insure proper and complete payment
Iowa law requires a tax statement be send to the owner of the property even though a lending institution pays your taxes
Taxes may be paid in one lump sum on or before September 30th or may be paid in two (2) installments, by September 30th and March 31st each year
To avoid penalty for late payment, the 1st half taxes must be paid before October 1st; the 2nd half before April 1st, including those instances when the last day of September or March falls on a Saturday or Sunday.  Delinquent interest accrues at the rate of 1.5% per month, rounded to the nearest dollar with a minimum of a dollar
Postmark dates are used to determine delinquency
Paid receipts will be returned to you, only when a stamped envelope is enclosed
Special assessments and drainage tax must be paid by September 30th to avoid penalty
Delinquent tax notices are mailed February 1st and May 1st of each year
Delinquent taxes are published in the local newspaper in June of each year
Any taxes not paid the 3rd Monday in June will be sold at the annual tax sale
Elderly/Disable Credit, Rent Reimbursement, and Mobile Home credit forms are available after January 1st of each year, and must be returned to the Treasurer's Office before June 1st

Notice of Delinquent Taxes
The law requires that a notice be sent to property owners who have outstanding taxes as of February 1.  The notification explains that under Iowa law, it is important for property owners to pay taxes and special assessments when they are due in order to avoid the tax sale.

Iowa law also requires that a notice of the annual tax sale shall be mailed not later than May 1 to the person in whose name the parcel subject to sale is taxed.  In compliance with this law, a Delinquent Tax Statement and Tax Sale Notice is mailed in April to provide proper notice of the pending tax sale.

Delinquent taxes as of May 1 are assessed a publication fee, and must be advertised for sale at the annual tax sale in June.

Tax Sale
The Annual Tax Sale is held the third Monday in June at 8:30 a.m. with an adjourned sale scheduled for the third Monday of each subsequent month.  Any delinquency must be offered for sale at the Regular or Public Bidder Tax Sale.

Delinquent tax and/or special assessments advertised twice and remaining unsold for want of bidders, must be offered for sale at the annual Public Bidder Sale.  Clay County is required by Iowa law to purchase the delinquencies if there is no private sector bidder.  Further, once a Certificate of Purchase at Tax Sale has been issued to the County, the Treasurer has the authority to bring an ordinary suit at law for the collection of taxes.

Payments for redemption from tax sale must be paid by guaranteed funds.  The rate of interest required by Iowa law to be paid in a redemption is 2% per month.

Click on the links below for more information:
Property Tax FAQ
Motor Vehicles
Motor Vehicle FAQ
Treasurer's Main Page

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