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Assessed Value x Mill Levy = Property Tax Due
To determine the tax due the Assessor first determines the ACTUAL value of your property. Then, a percentage is applied to the actual value in order to arrive at the ASSESSED value of your property.
Your ASSESSED value is then multiplied by the current MILL LEVY to arrive at the property tax due. Mill levies are set around December 15th each year by the various Denver taxing authorities such as the school district, city council or special districts.
All taxable business personal and real estate property within Denver is subject to 83.054 mills for 2014 taxes due in 2015. If the property is located within a special district, local maintenance district or business improvement district additional taxes are levied upon the property.
Taxes are billed in arrears; taxes assessed are due and payable January 1st of the following year. For example, 2014 taxes are assessed January 1, 2014, but are not due and payable until January 1, 2015. Property tax statements are mailed once a year in January.
Taxes can be paid in a lump-sum payment or in two installments:
When paying by regular mail, the post office postmark will be considered the date of payment.
For a calendar of payment due dates and other deadlines, please see Denver's property tax calendar.
If you do not pay your property taxes, you will owe delinquent interest at the rate of1% per month and will receive a delinquency notice in July. Any unpaid taxes will be advertised for sale in the local newspaper and will be sold if they are still not paid by the day before the public tax lien auction. The public real estate tax lien auction is held in November.
The face value of a tax lien brought to auction is the sum of the unpaid taxes, delinquent interest, any penalties (if applicable), advertisement fees and auction fees. After the auction you will owe monthly redemption interest on the face value of the lien until you redeem the property. Redemption interest is based on the Federal Reserve discount rate as of September 1st plus 9%.
If your property is within a local improvement district, a special assessment statement for the local improvements will be sent to you upon the completion of construction. Special assessments are billed separately from ad valorem property taxes.
Property owners have the option to defer payment over twelve (12) annual installments.
For taxpayers, who qualify, interested in receiving assistance please visit our assistance to elderly and disabled taxpayer page for more information.
Requests for research of prior year records should be addressed to Taxpayer Service:
Note: There is a $15.00 per hour charge for research payable in advance.
If you have any further questions, contact Taxpayer Service by calling (720) 913-9300.
If you have questions concerning the valuation of your property, call the Assessor’s Office at (720) 913-4162.
You Can Pay Your Property Taxes Using an eCheck
Why mail your payments when you can pay your property taxes in minutes using an eCheck? The City and County of Denver now offers eCheck, in addition to credit cards, to pay property taxes online. Please click on the “Pay Property Tax” link below in the Payments & Due Dates section to use this faster and more secure method to make your payments now
Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock eliminated convenience fees in 2014 for paying city taxes, fees, bills and fines with a credit or debit card. Paying online is faster, more convenient, saves postage and helps the environment through reduced paper and waste costs. And now it’s cheaper too.