Kosciusko County property tax bills being mailed out today

(Carli Luca / News Now Warsaw)

Kosciusko County property tax bills will be mailed beginning Monday.

Property taxes for Kosciusko County will be due May 10 and Nov. 13 for 2017 payable 2018 tax payments.

Only  one  tax  bill  is  mailed  each  year; it includes  the  spring  and  fall installment coupons. If there’s a mortgage escrow to pay taxes, the tax bill will have the words “for informational purposes only” typed across it.

Taxes may be paid on the main floor of the courthouse in the treasurer’s office, 100 W. Center St., room 215, Warsaw. There is a ground-level entrance on the west side of the courthouse and an elevator to reach the second floor where the treasurer’s office is.

An outside drop box for tax payments is available at the west entrance of the courthouse. The box is monitored by surveillance cameras outside the courthouse.

Tax payments may be mailed to Kosciusko County Treasurer, P.O. Box 1764, Warsaw, IN 46581. Spring payments must be postmarked by May 10. If mailing on May 10 it is important to have the post office hand-cancel the envelope with the postmark date to avoid late penalties.

Property taxes received with a May 11  or later postmark are subject to a 5 to 10 percent penalty.

Taxes may be paid at 1st Source Bank, Crossroads, Campbell & Fetter, First Federal Huntington, Horizon Bank, Lake City Bank, Mutual Bank and Old National Bank. Taxes may be paid online with a credit card or debit card at  www.kcgov.com under the “Pay Taxes” tab at the bottom left of the home page, with a 2.95 percent convenience fee.

Credit and debit cards may also be used by phoning 855-984-1194; a 2.95 percent convenience fee will be added.

Credit and debit cards may also be used in the treasurer’s office with a 2.5 percent convenience fee.

The convenience fee is retained by the credit card vendor.

Along with the tax bill, property owners will receive a TS1 form. The TS1 provides information under “special message” on the property’s assessed value, exemptions/deductions and ditches as well as a comparison to the prior year’s property tax obligation and a breakdown of where property taxes go. The form allows homeowners to verify the appropriate deductions are in place.

Taxpayers are entitled to one homestead credit in Indiana as evidenced by voting location, income tax filing location and vehicle registration location. Homestead credit forms do not need to be refiled annually.

If taxpayers are receiving a homestead credit on their property,  but  should  not  be,  they  must  contact  the  auditor’s  office  to  avoid penalties.

Taxpayers who need to file for the homestead credit or any other deduction should contact the auditor’s office at 100 W. Center St., room 220,  or 574-372-2323.

County Treasurer Rhonda J. Helser reminds taxpayers that tax information is available at the Kosciusko  County  website  at   www.kcgov.com  by  selecting  “Beacon  Online  Mapping.” Taxpayers may view real property, personal property and mobile home property tax information, real property record cards and maps, as well as other pertinent information related to the property.

Taxpayers with questions on tax bills may contact the treasurer’s office at 574-372-2370.