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Get answers to common questions about property tax.
There are two reasons:
While most properties in Denver saw an increase in their value, property owners will likely not see their 2016 taxes increase at the same rate. That’s because in 2012, Mayor Hancock took steps to protect Denver taxpayers from the full impact of property value increases during periods of strong growth. Specifically, voter-approved measure 2A caps the growth in property tax revenues that the City and County of Denver can collect. This means that in a year like 2015, when property values increased significantly, property owners who saw an increase in their valuations will see their property taxes increase but not in proportion to how much their value increased.
A report from the Lincoln Land Institute showed that Denver ranks 47th lowest of the 50 largest U.S. cities for residential property taxes and 19th for commercial property taxes. And among 25 neighboring jurisdictions on the Front Range, Denver’s mill rate ranks toward the bottom (8th lowest).
The property tax revenue that will be collected as a result of the increase in property values was factored into the 2016 city budget process. The increase allowed Denver to make additional improvements to some of the city’s facilities, direct more money toward the Department of Human Services and the Developmentally Disabled Fund. The increase also in part contributed to the Mayor’s 2016 budget requests for increased funding for affordable housing, the purchase of additional body-worn cameras for Denver police officers, enhanced mobility options through infrastructure projects, and more.
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 78.127 mills for 2015 taxes due in 2016. 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, 2015 taxes are assessed January 1, 2015, but are not due and payable until January 1, 2016. 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.
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.
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.
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%.
Click here 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.
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.