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Linn County property owners are reminded the second installment of property and mobile home taxes is due by March 31, 2021. A penalty of one and one half percent will attach to late payments beginning April 1.
Linn County buildings remain closed to the public due to COVID-19. Property tax payments can be paid in the following ways:
County Treasurers collect property taxes on behalf of all jurisdictions in the county and then distribute the taxes collected to the other jurisdictions, including the property owner’s city of residence, school district, and other taxing bodies in the county.
Payments can be made online at www.iowataxandtags.org. Payment options include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards or eCheck. If paying by eCheck, the online fee is only 30 cents. Credit card payments have a non-refundable service delivery fee added to the tax amount due for the service of paying taxes online with a credit card. The exact amount due for property taxes and service delivery fee is calculated in Step 3 of this online service. Residents will have the opportunity to exit out of the payment process without completing the transaction if they choose to do so and pay by an alternate method. The County Treasurer’s Office receives only the property tax portion of the total amount due for online payments.
Pay by Mail
To ensure proper credit, the stub portion of the tax statement must be submitted with the payment. If paying by mail, return payment to the Linn County Treasurer, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Payments postmarked by March 31, 2021, will be considered paid on time and no interest will be charged. The U.S. Postal Service postmark is the only date recognized for date of mailing. The date written on a check or a business metered date cannot be accepted as proof of the mailing date. Residents who would like a receipt must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment.
Drop Box Payment
A secure drop box is available outside the Linn County Public Service Center at 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. To ensure proper credit, include the stub portion of the tax statement with the payment inside an envelope. Residents who would like a receipt must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment.
Email / Text Message Reminders
Receive email or text reminders about property tax payments by visiting Linn County’s website at LinnCounty.org/NotifyMe and sign up for the “Property Tax Payment Reminder.” There is no cost to subscribe. Text messages are subject to standard text messaging rates. Property tax statements will still be mailed each fall. The email or text message will serve as a reminder that the payment is due.
Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas are used to fund Linn County government operations and services. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property tax payer’s city of residence, school district, and other taxing bodies in the county. Linn County taxes represent slightly more than one-third of property taxes for rural residents.
See the reverse side of your property tax statement for a detailed breakdown by percentage and actual dollar amount of how your individual property taxes are distributed among the taxing jurisdictions.
For questions, call the Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500. Due to the high call volume, wait time may exceed 30 minutes.