By SUE ANN MITCHELL
Kosciusko County Treasurer
KOSCIUSKO COUNTY — Kosciusko County property tax bills were mailed the second week of April. Property taxes for Kosciusko County will be due May 10 and Nov. 10 for 2015 payable 2016 tax payments. Only one tax bill is mailed each year which includes both the spring and fall installment coupons.
Taxes may be paid on the main floor of the courthouse in the treasurer’s office located at 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 located. An outside drop box is available for tax payments at the West entrance of the courthouse. The box is monitored by the surveillance cameras located 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 5 percent or 10 percent penalties. The drop box at the west entrance to the courthouse can be a great alternative to mailing the tax bill especially on the final payment day.
Taxes may be paid at Crossroads, Campbell & Fetter, Farmers State Bank, First Federal Huntington, Lake City Bank and Mutual Bank. Taxes may be paid online with a credit card or debit card at www.kcgov.com “Pay Taxes” with a 2.95 percent convenience fee.
Credit and debit cards may also be used by phoning (800) 809-5849 with a 3.95 percent convenience fee. Credit and debit cards may also be used in the treasurer’s office with a 2.95 percent convenience fee. The convenience fee is retained by the credit card vendor. No part of the fee is retained by Kosciusko County.
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, ditches as well as a comparison to the prior year’s property tax obligation and a breakdown of where property taxes go. It is a great source of information that can be used to evaluate and compare property tax status from year to year. The form will allow you to verify that you have the appropriate deductions.
Taxpayers are entitled to one Homestead Credit in the State of Indiana as evidenced by voting location, income tax filing location and vehicle registration location. Homestead credit forms do not need to be re-filed annually. If taxpayers are currently 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, Warsaw, IN 46580 or call (574) 372-2316.
Taxpayers are reminded 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.
“Personal Property” must be selected from the drop down box in the upper right corner to view mobile homes and personal property information. “Parcels” must be selected from the drop down box in the upper right corner to view real property information.
Taxpayers with questions reference their tax bills may contact the treasurer’s office at (574) 372-2373.