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What happens if I don't pay my real estate taxes on time?

  • If the first half of the current year real estate taxes are not paid by December 20th, interest will start accruing December 21st. Homeowners should receive a delinquent real estate tax reminder late January to early February.
  • If the mortgage company was to have paid these taxes, the homeowner must inform them that the Johnson County Treasurer's Office did not receive the payment. If there are any questions, the mortgage company needs to call the Treasurer's office.
  • The homeowner or the mortgage company can pay the first half of the current year taxes with interest up until May 10th. After May 10th, if the first half of the real estate tax has not been paid, the full amount of the current year tax plus interest will become due. If the current year tax has not been paid on or before July 31st, then there will be an additional fee of $15.00 for advertising. Johnson County is required by Kansas State law (KSA 79-2303) to publish a list of unpaid real estate taxes. If taxes go unpaid by the first Tuesday in September then taxes will be put on the delinquent tax roll, and it becomes a lien on the real estate.
  • If one wants to pay delinquent years, Kansas State Law (KSA 79-2401A) requires that the most current delinquent year be paid first.
    • Example: If a homeowner has taxes owing for 2004, 2005, and 2006, then the full amount for 2006 must be paid before payment for the 2005, etc., or the homeowner can pay all the delinquent years at once.