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Posted on: February 10, 2021

Tax Lien and Deed Process Encourages Delinquent Taxpayers to Pay Back Taxes Now to Avoid Fees

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For taxpayers that have 2017 tax liens, they have until February 26, 2021 to redeem their property from the tax deed list by paying the first half of their 2020 taxes and their full year of 2017 taxes.

For taxpayers that have 2017 tax liens, they have until February 26, 2021 to redeem their property from the tax deed list by paying the first half of their 2020 taxes and their full year of 2017 taxes. 

When a tax lien becomes three years delinquent, it goes on the tax deed list. If delinquent taxes are not paid by February 26, 2021 by 5:00 p.m., a litigation guarantee cost will be added to the parcel. The cost is based on the liability that the City and County of Butte-Silver Bow has against the property, and there may be a substantial fee that will become part of the redemption costs; such as fees for processing as well as title searches.

The Butte-Silver Bow Treasurer and Assessor are encouraging everyone with delinquent taxes to pay them before the February 26th deadline, as the amount of money saved by the taxpayer will be significant.

“We are not here to judge, we are here to help,” said Lori Baker-Patrick, Treasurer. “Butte-Silver Bow does not want your property; we want to help you keep your property. We ask taxpayers who are struggling to please contact our office to discuss your situation and help find a resolution.”

If taxes currently due for the current tax year have been paid, the treasurer shall accept a partial payment equal to the delinquent taxes, including penalty and interest, for one or more full tax years. Payment of taxes for delinquent taxes must be applied to the taxes that have been delinquent the longest. The payment of taxes for the current tax year is not a redemption of the property tax lien for any delinquent tax year.

The amount of interest and costs continues to accrue until the date of redemption. The total amount of interest and costs that must be paid for, and redemption must be calculated by the treasurer as of the date of payment.

Montana’s real estate and centrally assessed properties are billed in November of each year and ends typically in May of the following year.

There is property tax assistance available to all taxpayers. If you have received a delinquent notice mail, your property is at risk for additional fees, and you are strongly encouraged to contact the Butte-Silver Bow Treasurer’s office immediately for assistance at: 406-497-6303.

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