Delinquent Tax Accounts and Lien Sale
The advertising period for delinquent property taxes has begun. Per Colorado Revised Statute 39-11-102, the list of delinquent property taxpayers will be advertised in the Denver Post on September 13, September 20, and September 27.
The sale of public auction of eligible tax liens that remain unpaid after being properly billed and advertised will be held from October 14 to October 16, 2019. See the tax lien sale information page for more details on delinquent taxes and the tax lien sale.
Search for real and personal property tax records, find out when property tax payments are due, accepted payment methods, tax lien sales and property tax rebate programs offered by the City and County of Denver.
CITY & COUNTY OF DENVER CHECK PAYMENT NOTICE
Paying by check authorizes the City & County of Denver to debit your bank account electronically or by presenting your check.
In the event that your payment is returned unpaid for insufficient or uncollected funds, we may resubmit your payment electronically up to two (2) additional times in the ordinary course of business.
Your check will not be provided to you with your bank statement.
A Returned Check charge of $20 and a Cost of Collection charge of $30 will be assessed for any check returned not paid.*
*Pursuant to C.R.S 13-21-109 and §53-3 of the D.R.M.C.
Get answers to common questions about property tax.
Payment options are available for 1st half, 2nd half, or Full payments online without needing to create an online account. Follow this link to the payment page, select the proper payment option, enter parcel number (a balance due will be displayed with current fees and interest if applicable) then provide payment information. We accept E-check, Visa, MasterCard and Discover payment types.
If you do not know the parcel number, you can search by address here.
Payments can also be mailed. All checks and money order payments must be made payable to the Manager of Finance and must have a valid parcel number in the Memo. Property tax payments can be mailed to:
City and County of Denver
Department of Finance, Treasury Division
PO Box 17420
Denver, CO 80217-0420
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.
For information on housing assistance, visit the Help on Housing page.
For taxpayers, who qualify, interested in receiving assistance please visit our assistance to elderly and disabled taxpayer page for more information.
Taxes are billed in arrears; taxes assessed are due and payable January 1 of the following year. For example, 2019 taxes are assessed January 1, 2019, but are not due and payable until January 1, 2020. 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.
Once a payment is delinquent, interest accrues at the rate of 1% per month. The first half installment becomes delinquent on March 1 st and the second half installment is due on June 15 th. If the entire amount of tax due is paid at one time on or before April 30 th, no delinquent interest will be charged on the first half installment.
Visit our Real Estate Tax Lien Sale page for more information on the real estate tax lien auction.
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.
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 do not pay your property taxes, you will owe delinquent interest at the rate of 1% 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 usually held in November.
The face value of a tax lien brought to auction is the sum of the unpaid taxes, delinquent interest, penalties (if applicable), and 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%.
The first payment received is applied toward the real estate property tax balance. If your payment is received after your mortgage company’s payment or you paid in excess of your balance, you can expect to receive your refund within six to eight weeks of Denver processing your payment.
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 72.116 mills for 2019 taxes due in 2020. If the property is located within a special district, local maintenance district, or business improvement district additional taxes are levied upon the property.
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.