Press Release from Buncombe County:
For Buncombe County property owners, property tax notices (bills) are in the mail and due Sept. 1, with a four-month grace period that allows you to pay through Jan. 5 without penalty. You can also find your property tax bill information at www.tax.buncombecounty.org. From the Homeowner Grant Program to important dates and payment plans, here’s everything you need to know.
- August 2023: Tax bills are mailed, and payment plan enrollment opens.
- Sept. 1, 2023: Tax bills are due (interest is not added to an unpaid amount until Jan. 6).
- Sept. 30, 2023: Deadline for Homeowner Grant application.
- Jan. 1-June 30, 2024: Application period for elderly/disability/Veteran’s tax relief programs.
- Jan. 5, 2024: Last day to pay taxes without interest.
- Jan. 6, 2024: Tax bills are delinquent and collection actions may take place at any time.
- Please note: Additional fees may be added to an amount due if collection actions are initiated.
- April 2024: Last month to finish payments in the Casual Payment Plan for current overdue bills from 2023. Those bills must be paid in full by this date.
- May 2024: Last month to finish payments in the Preauthorized Debit Plan for current overdue bills from 2023. Those bills must be paid in full by this date.
Do you have concerns about your tax bill becoming past due? Would it be helpful to break up your tax bill into smaller payments? Buncombe County Tax Collections wants to work with you to develop a payment schedule that makes paying your bill manageable.
What types of payment plans does Buncombe County Tax Collections offer?
Is your tax bill too large to pay all at once? We offer you the option of spreading out your payments over the course of the year. Being enrolled and staying current on your payment plan also ensures you won’t be subject to collection actions, such as wage or bank garnishments.
There are two payment options available: The Casual Payment Plan and the Preauthorized Debit Payment Plan.
The Casual Payment Plan allows you to send in a predetermined amount every month; it will not be automatically drafted from your bank account. If you have a bill from 2023, you must finish monthly payments by April 2024. Please call our office for more information or to be set up on this plan. The sooner you begin making payments the smaller your monthly payments will be.
The Preauthorized Debit Plan automatically withdraws a predetermined amount from your bank account every month. If you have a bill from 2023, you must finish monthly payments by May, 2024. Please call our office for more information or to be set up on this plan. The sooner you begin making payments the smaller your monthly payments will be.
You may also choose to have your taxes paid through a voluntary wage garnishment. With each pay period, a predetermined amount can be withheld by your employer and sent directly to our office. Please call us for more information.
All payment plans require you to contact our office. For more information or to enroll in a payment plan call a Tax Collection Account Representative at (828) 250-4910 or visit here.
For more information about the County’s exclusion or deferment plans for the elderly, disabled, Veterans, and qualifying agricultural, forestry, or conservation land click here.
Homeowner Grant Program
Buncombe County Commissioners recently approved a new initiative aimed at helping qualified homeowners. You may qualify for up to $300 from the Homeowner Grant Program. Residents in the City of Asheville may also qualify for up to $200 additional dollars through this program. If eligible, grantees may, at their option, choose to have grant funds applied to their property tax bill, any city municipality taxes, and/or applied to other housing related obligations such as housing costs, mortgage, or insurance. Payments are made directly to the source of the approved bill. Payments will not be made directly to individuals. Start the process atbuncombecounty.org/homeownergrant. The deadline to apply is Sept. 30.
My taxes are past due, what happens now?
Our priority is to work hand-in-hand with you to pay your bill. While we are required by North Carolina law to advertise properties with outstanding taxes due, it is important to note that just because your property has been advertised does not mean the foreclosure process has begun. Foreclosure is an absolute last resort.
If your property has been advertised, you can contact us and we will help determine which payment option will work best. We want to work with you to prevent collection actions. You can contact our professional Tax Collection Account Representatives at (828) 250-4910 or click here for more information.