Cancellation of lost discount, interest or other charges associated with a tax delinquency may be made by the Tax Collector’s office if failure to make timely payment is due to “reasonable cause and circumstances beyond the taxpayer’s control”.
What is NOT “beyond the taxpayer’s control”?
Examples include but are not limited to:
- Placing the tax payment into a US Postal Service drop box or taking to local facility on the due date and not asking for a hand postmark and the payment is subsequently postmarked with a later date.
- Online payment not scheduled timely (most banks need 3-5 days to process)
- Confusion about when property taxes were due
- Not receiving a statement
- Financial hardship
- “Always paid on time”
- On vacation and forgot to pay
- No or insufficient postage
- Keying error when paying online
- Dog ate the bill
What IS “beyond the taxpayer’s control”?
- A medical emergency involving the listed taxpayer on the last day to pay the taxes
- The death of an immediate family member occurs on the last day to pay the taxes
- Theft of mail while in the control of the United States Post Office or a Private Express Carrier
Each request must stand on its own merit. The key is that the Tax Collector’s Office must be convinced beyond doubt that the late payment was beyond the taxpayer’s control.