• The DeKalb County Tax Collection Department notifies the property owner and is responsible for collecting the correct tax for each parcel of land.
• Taxes are due every year October 1. Taxes can be paid between October 1 and December 31 without penalty. Taxes become delinquent after December 31. Any unpaid taxes are assessed fees and 1% interest per month beginning in January of each calendar year. All unpaid property is sold at auction in April or May to the highest bidder. The property is sold with a three year “Right of Redemption”. Personal property has no right of redemption.
How to Pay Your Taxes
• Payment may be made as follows:
o You may come to the Revenue Commissioner’s Office at either of our offices and make payment in person by cash, check, credit card, debit card, or money order.
^^Make offices link to locations on home page.
o You may pay by mail with check or money order to:
DeKalb County Revenue Commissioner
206 Grand Ave SW
Fort Payne, AL 35967
o Pay property tax online. This gives you the ability to pay your property taxes at your convenience, anytime day or night; the convenience of paying from your home, work, or anywhere that you have access to the internet. The online option gives you the opportunity to pay your taxes securely using a check, credit card, or debit card. A transaction fee of 3% with a $3.50 minimum will be assessed. The maximum fee for online check is $5.00. This is not a fee charged by the Revenue Commissioner’s Office; it is charged by IMS Enterprises as a convenience fee.
o ^^Make Pay Property tax online link to www.payyourpropertytax.com/dekalb
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DeKalb County Property Tax Records
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When Taxes Are Not Paid
Each year, the Revenue Commissioner’s Office auctions the real estate upon which taxes are delinquent at a public sale at the courthouse to the highest bidder. Individuals who come to the sale and buy the tax liens are issued a “Certificate of Purchase.” If the tax lien is not purchased, a Certificate of Purchase is delivered to the State Land Agent.
• What can I do if my property is sold?
o The property owner has three years from the date of the tax sale to redeem their property from the Revenue Commissioner by paying all taxes and costs. If the property was bought at the tax sale by an individual and the owner does not redeem it within three years from the date of the sale, the individual who purchased the property at the tax sale is entitled to a tax deed.
• What if the State receives the Certificate?
o Property that sells to the state for taxes may be redeemed at any time until the state transfers the certificate to an individual who makes application to purchase from the state. The state can transfer a certificate at any time after the tax sale until the owner redeems the property. If the state transfers the certificate before the three year redemption period, the owner may still redeem the property.
o As previously stated, the certificate holder is entitled to a tax deed after three years from the date of the tax sale and upon delivery to the Revenue Commissioner the original Certificate of Purchase.
• What happens after the tax deed is issued?
o After a tax deed has been issued, redemptions can no longer be made in the Revenue Commissioner’s Office and the property owner must resort to a court of law to reclaim their property.