Am I eligible for the elderly/disabled tax credit and how would I apply?
You must be an Iowa resident and one of the following applies.
Must be 65 years of age or older by December 31st of the prior year
Totally disabled and 18 years of age or older by December 31st of prior year.
Proof of disability payments must be presented to the treasurer’s office, typically by 1099 SSA form issued from the Social Security Administration. Total household income for the entire year must be provided to our office for both you and your spouse. Deadline to return the completed form is June 1.
Can I make a partial payment on property taxes?
Partial payment are accepted on real estate and mobile home taxes online at www.iowatreasurers.org or in our office. Partial payments cannot be accepted for payment of special or drainage assessments or a tax sale redemption.
Can I setup automatic payments for my property taxes?
Automatic payment options are available through the treasurers office. Automatic property tax payments can be setup in our office and would be required to submit a cancelled check.
How can I change address on my tax statement?
Contact the Cerro Gordo County Auditor, 641-421-3028, or complete the back of tax payment stub when you submit your tax payment.
How do I apply for a rent reimbursement?
Forms are available in our office or at Iowa Department of Revenuefor Iowa residents that are elderly or disabled low income individuals.Proof of income and rent must be provided.
How do I get property tax credit for elderly or disabled with low income?
Under 65 years and totally disabled, need form 54-001 and copy of 1099. Over 65 years old, form 54-001 is only needed. The form can be found on the following link FORM 54-001
I sold my home and I received the tax statement for that home, what do I do?
You can forward the tax statement to the new owners or return the statement to our office.
When are property tax statements sent out?
Tax statements are mailed out each year after taxes are certified, typically late July.
When are property taxes due?
The first half installment is due September 1st and becomes delinquent after September 30th.
The second half installment is due March 1st and becomes delinquent after March 31st.
When is the Tax Sale?
The Annual Tax Sale is held the third Monday in June at 8 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.
Payments for redemption from tax sale may be required as guaranteed funds. The rate of interest is 2% monthly.
Tax sale packets for investors are typically available on our website early June. Potential buyers are encouraged to consult their attorney prior to purchasing tax sale certificates and are responsible for all research on parcels purchased at the sale.
Why did I receive a drainage assessment statement?
Drainage assessments, as fixed by the board of supervisors or board of trustees, are levied as a special assessment on the property concerned. All assessments are levied as a minimum assessment of $5.00 per parcel, tract or lot and payable at the office of county treasurer. Interest rate is determined by the board of supervisors and is collected in the same manner as general taxes and are enforced by the sale of property.
Why did I receive a special assessment statement?
A special assessment is a unique charge that can be added to real estate parcels for certain public projects.due for public improvements such as the paving of streets, installation of new sewer systems, drainage systems, or sidewalks.
Special assessments may also be assessed for delinquent water or solid waste/recycling bills.
Counties may send a separate tax statement for special assessment charges due against a property. The special assessment notice mailed indicates the type of special assessment and how much is owed. In most instances special assessments are due with the first installment of property tax in September.
Why did I receive a tax notice when my bank pays my taxes (escrow)?
Pursuant to Iowa law, the county treasurer is required to mail a tax statement to the titleholder (deed and contract) of record on all parcels in the county. Third party payers, such as mortgage companies, may request tax statement information from the County Treasurer if they are responsible for paying your taxes or research the same information at www.iowatreasurers.org.
Why is my Manufactured, Modular & Mobile Home taxed?
There is an annual tax based on square footage on manufactured and mobile homes located within a mobile home park payable to the county treasurer. The annual tax is due and payable on or after July 1 each year and is collectible in the same manner and at the same time as ordinary taxes. If a manufactured or mobile home is placed outside a mobile home park, the home is assessed and taxed as real estate.
An owner of a home who is an Iowa resident with a qualifying income and who resides in the home may be eligible for a reduced rate on taxes. Forms and assistance are available at the treasurer’s office.