Elkhart County Treasurer
Elkhart County Treasurer
117 N. Second Street, Room 201
Goshen, IN 46526-3296
Phone: (574) 535-6759
Fax: (574) 535-6659
Property Tax Information: www.invoicecloud.com/elkhart
Office Hours (Excluding Holidays):
8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Mondays
8:00 AM to 4:00 PM, Tuesday – Friday
Jackie Meyers – Treasurer
The County Treasurer’s Office is responsible for billing and collecting property taxes and special assessments on real estate, personal property, and mobile homes located in the County. This office also receives additional collections from inheritance tax, innkeepers’ tax, and auto and aircraft excise taxes. These funds are invested until they are distributed to the various taxing units within the County (cities, towns, townships, schools, and libraries) or until they are disbursed for the County’s operating expenses.
The County Treasurer maintains the County’s bank accounts and investments, pursues collections of delinquent taxes, and issues permits to move mobile homes or to transfer titles to mobile homes.
SPECIAL MESSAGE TO TAXPAYERS – It is the policy of the Elkhart County Treasurer’s Office to accept payments for taxes of any amount at anytime. Making partial payments does not relieve the taxpayer of late penalties, fees, or the property being subject to tax sale when amounts are delinquent.
Mobile Home Permits – State law (IC 6-1.1-7-10) requires that the “owner” may obtain a mobile home transfer or moving permit. This permit is issued by the County Treasurer’s office of the county where the mobile home is located. The owner of record must obtain the permit before going to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles to transfer title. There is no charge for this mobile home permit. However, all taxes assessed for the current year and all delinquent taxes from prior years, if any, must be paid in full before this permit will be issued. This permit is valid for 30 days.
Moving a mobile home without this permit is a Class C Infraction.
Property Tax – Property taxes for 2013 will be due in two installments; May 10 and November 12. Any unpaid balance remaining after those dates will be assessed a penalty. The penalty will be 5% of the unpaid tax if the installment and the 5% penalty are completely paid on or before 30 days after the due date and the taxpayer has no delinquent taxes on that property for the previous installment. Otherwise, the penalty will be 10% of the unpaid tax (IC 6-1.1-37-10). Property owners are responsible for seeing that these taxes are paid on time to avoid the penalty. Not receiving a property tax bill is not sufficient reason to waive the penalty.
Property tax bills, including the payment coupons for both installments, are mailed annually at least 15 days prior to the due date for the first installment. Taxpayers that prefer to receive their tax bills by email, should contact the Treasurer’s Office.
You can view, print, and pay your property tax bill(s) by clicking on the following link: www.invoicecloud.com/elkhart
Need help or have questions Viewing or Paying your tax bill? Click here for the Frequently Asked Questions link.
Storm Water User Fees – All properties in the City of Elkhart, the City of Goshen, the Town of Bristol, and the unincorporated areas of Elkhart County are charged a Storm Water User Fee. This annual fee is included on the property tax bills as a separate charge. The storm water user fees pay for the regulation, planning, operation, maintenance, repair, replacement, and improvement of the existing and future storm water systems. Additional information about this fee can be obtained at www.stormwaterelkco.org. Questions regarding this fee should be directed to Department of the Storm Water Management of the respective city, town or county.
Deductions – Owners of real estate may be entitled to one or more deductions which would reduce their property taxes. These deductions include: Homestead, Mortgage, Age (over 65), Veterans, Blind or Disabled, Geothermal, and Rehabilitated Property. Questions regarding eligibility and filing requirement for these exemption/deductions should be directed to the County Auditor’s Office (574) 535-6710.
Each property owner is responsible for keeping the status of these deductions current.
Assessed Values of Property – The County Assessor’s Office (574-535-6700) is responsible for determining the assessed values of all property within the county except for property located in Concord Township. Assessed values for those properties are determined by the Concord Township Assessor’s Office (574-523-2217). All questions regarding assessed values and appeals should be directed to the appropriate assessor’s office.
Tax Sale – Real estate parcels with delinquent taxes and/or special assessments from the first installment of the previous year or years prior to that are subject to tax sale. The 2013 tax sale will be held on October 2, 2013. Bidders should become familiar with the applicable statutes dealing with tax sales (IC 6-1.1-24-1 et seq. and IC 6-1.1-25-1 et seq.) and to seek competent legal advice if questions or uncertainties arise. A copy of these statutes can be obtained at www.in.gov/legislative/index.htm. An informational pamphlet on tax sales will be available prior to the sale from the County Auditor’s Office (574) 535-6720. The list of the properties included in this sale will be posted at www.sri-taxsale.com at least three weeks prior to the sale. The list will also be advertised in two local newspapers, The (Elkhart) Truth and The Goshen News.
Reverse Side of the TS-1 Form