What happens if I do not pay my property taxes?

Property tax bills are mailed to taxpayers on July 1. As discussed in a previous question, the owner of the property has until September 30 to pay the bill without incurring additional costs. As of October 1, interest is added to the bill for any portion of that month at a current rate of 1.5% on the county portion and 1% on the state portion for each month that payment is not made. Also, on October 1 a one-time 6% penalty is assessed on the county property tax portion. At the end of February of each year, a delinquent notice is mailed to the owner of the property if any amount of taxes are still unpaid. Beginning April 1, additional charges are added to the property tax bill for the cost of preparing the property for tax sale.

If the taxes are not paid by April 1, the property will be advertised for tax sale in the local newspaper twice during the month of April. If they remain unpaid as of May 1, additional charges are added to the bill for the costs of the tax sale.

The property is advertised a total of four more times during the months of May and June in preparation for the tax sale that occurs online the third Monday in June each year.

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1. Can I make an advance payment of county property tax?
2. How can I reduce the amount of property taxes I have to pay?
3. Can I pay my taxes by credit card?
4. How is the current assessed value determined for my property?
5. How is the interest calculated?
6. I am new to the county and have purchased a home. Do I have to pay property tax in Harford County?
7. I did not receive a property tax bill for my property. What do I need to do?
8. I lost my property tax bill, how can I get a new property tax bill?
9. I understand that I can pay my property taxes in a semiannual method. Does my property qualify and if so, how do I go about doing this?
10. I want to pay my taxes on an annual basis, rather than semiannually. How do I do this?
11. What are the payment calendars for water and sewer charges?
12. What happens if I do not pay my property taxes?
13. What is a tax sale?
14. What is the county's rate of interest on properties sold at tax sale?
15. What is the taxable year?
16. When are property tax bills due?
17. Where can I pay my taxes?
18. Why do I have to pay for water and sewer service when I am already paying property taxes?
19. Why does the county charge interest and penalty?