Payment Dates - Payments for annual bills and the first installment for semiannual bills must be received on or before September 30th to avoid penalties and interest and become delinquent on October 1st. The second semi-annual installment payment must be received on or before December 31st to avoid penalties and interest and becomes delinquent January 1st.
All taxpayers living in their principal residence pay their real property tax bills on a semi-annual schedule unless they choose to make both payments on or before September 30 of each year. Taxpayers who escrow their tax payments may choose to pay annually, but must notify their lenders by May 1st of their intent to pay annually.
Taxpayers who do not escrow their taxes will receive a tax bill that will permit them to pay on either a semi-annual or annual basis. Semi-annual bills include two payment coupons, while annual bills include only one coupon. Payments on partial year levies (half year assessments) are due 30 days after the bill is mailed.
Personal property taxes, taxes on residential rental units and taxes on commercial real property are not eligible for payment on a semi-annual basis.How to Pay Taxes - Taxpayers have many options for paying their property taxes as follows:
- Pay by mail with a check or money order payable to Washington County Treasurer
and mailed to:
Washington County Treasurer's Office 35 West Washington Street, Suite 102 Hagerstown, MD 21740-4868
- Pay in person at the Washington County Treasurer’s Office, located at
35 West Washington Street, Suite 102, Hagerstown, MD 21740-4868. Payment
in person may be made by cash, check, money order, or credit card only (convenience
fee will apply to credit card transactions).
- Taxpayers can arrange to have their taxes paid by their mortgage company
from an escrow account.
- Pay by telephone using a credit card by calling (240)-313-2110 (a convenience fee will apply).
- Pay online using a credit card at www.washco-md.net (a convenience fee will apply).
Delinquent taxes are subject to interest and penalties at the rate of 1% per month until paid in full. Interest and penalties are calculated on the net amount of the bill, after any credits are applied. Delinquent taxes, including unpaid penalty and interest charges, will result in the sale of the property tax lien through a tax sale public auction process which is generally conducted in the month of June of the subsequent calendar year.
A tax sale will also occur if the taxpayer owes an amount equal to the interest and penalty, even if the amount of the tax bill has been paid. Accounts eligible for tax sale are listed for four consecutive weeks in a Washington County newspaper and are subject to an advertising fee. Property tax accounts taken to tax sale may be subject to additional legal costs incurred by the new certificate holder.