All taxpayers in Washington County receive the original tax bill in the mail through the U.S. Postal Service. Taxpayers are responsible for ensuring that their taxes are paid on time. Washington County also relays property tax information electronically to mortgage companies at the time the bill is prepared. If the phrase “We anticipate payment from your mortgage company” appears on the tax bill, then the taxpayer can be assured that the mortgage company also received the tax payment information. Washington County provides a full listing of taxes due on all properties in the County to mortgage companies who request it. These mortgage companies will match the properties for which they hold escrow accounts and make payment to the County. These payments are generally posted prior to July 31 (1st semiannual installment and annual installment) and December 31st (2nd semiannual installment), but may not be posted until early the following month because of the volume of payments at that time.
Property owners may wish to contact their lender to ensure that the lender retrieved the tax bill and has included that bill in the payment process. If the lender does not have the correct billing information, you should forward a copy of your bill to your lender.
If you are refinancing your mortgage around the due dates for property taxes, you should take care that the taxes are not paid by both lenders or by the lender and the title company at settlement. Be sure to notify the old mortgage company well in advance of settlement that you are closing the escrow account and advise them not to make payment if payment will be made at settlement.
Washington County encourages you to verify that your taxes have been received by the Washington County Treasurer’s Office, and whether you owe interest and/or penalty.
You can check the payment status of your account by visiting the Washington County Treasurer website at www.washco-md.net, or you can call 240-313-2110, or visit the Washington County Treasurer’s Office at 35 West Washington Street, Suite 102 in Hagerstown. Due to the high volume of calls, visiting our web page is the most efficient method.
CHANGE OF ADDRESS – In Maryland, the State Department of Assessments & Taxation is the official central file of all addresses relative to State, County, and Municipal taxes. If you wish to change your address you must notify SDAT. You can receive a change of address form and instructions by calling 301-791-3050 or by visiting the SDAT website at http://www.dat.state.md.us/. You may also submit your change of address request in writing as follows:
Supervisor of Assessments and Taxation
Washington County Office
3 Public Square
Hagerstown, MD 21740
Please note, that failure to change the mailing address does not relieve the taxpayer of their obligation to pay the property tax bill.