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General Questions

Does the Treasurer's Office maintain a list of excess funds from the sale of tax liens or from a Mortgage Foreclosure sale?

Per Colorado Revised Statute 39-11-115, excess funds from the sale of tax liens are credited to the county general fund.

As of September 1, 2012, any unclaimed overbids from a mortgage foreclosure sale are held by the Public Trustee's Office.

When are tax statements mailed?

Property tax statements are mailed by the end of January to the owner of record as listed on the tax roll.  The tax roll is prepared and maintained by the County Assessor.  See Important Dates

What if I don’t receive a tax statement?

You may view and print your tax statement online.  Under "Online Services" click on "Real Estate Property Tax Search and Online Payments".

Per State Statute, failure to receive a property tax statement does not exempt the taxpayer from timely payment of  taxes.  If you do not receive a tax notice by January 31st, please contact our office and a duplicate statement will be sent to you.

 When are the current year taxes due?      

Property taxes are collected one year in arrears.  Taxes may be paid in one payment or two half payments.  Full payments are due April 30th.  First half payments are due the last day of February.  Second half payments are due June 15th.  If the total amount due is $25.00 or less, only the full payment option is allowed.  

Partial payments are not allowed.  Payments not received timely will accrue interest at the rate of 1% per month.

Do you have a grace period?

No, the payment dates are set by State Statutes.

Do you accept postmarks?

Yes.  We accept US Postal Service postmarks dated on or before the due date for current year tax payments.   

Postmarks are not accepted on tax lien redemptions.        

How are my taxes calculated?

The tax amount is calculated by multiplying the assessed value of a property by the mill levy or tax rate.  The assessed value of all properties is determined by the Assessor.  The mill levies are set by the taxing authorities (school districts, cities, etc).  The taxing authorities in your district are listed on the tax statement.     Assessor’s Website

I’m on a fixed income – can I make a partial payment?

No.  The Treasurer's office is obligated to follow the guidelines set forth in the Colorado State Statutes. 

I received a tax statement but my mortgage company is responsible for paying the taxes – what do I do?

Per State Statute, property tax statements are to be mailed to the owner of record as listed on the tax roll.  You will need to contact your mortgage company to verify if your taxes are held in escrow and will be paid by your mortgage company.

How can I update my name or mailing address?

You will need to contact the County Assessor’s office.     Assessor’s Website           

Can I pay by debit or credit card?

Only current year taxes may be paid by credit or debit card until August 31st.  Payment of tax liens must be made by cash, Cashier's check or money order.

Current year real estate and mobile home taxes may be paid on our website by credit, debit and ACH (electronic check).  There will be a fee charged and retained by the third party vendor for online payments.  The fee for credit card payments is 2.75% of the tax amount, the debit card fee is $3.95, and the ACH fee is $1.50. 

Taxes for all property types, and tickets issued by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office, may be paid by credit or debit card in our office.  There will be a fee charged and retained by the third party vendor of 2.75% of the payment amount for debit and credit transactions. 

I paid off my home – when will I receive my tax statement and deed?

Per State Statute, tax statements are mailed in January to the owner of record as listed on the tax roll.  Please contact your mortgage company concerning the release of your deed.

What is the status of the Senior Exemption program?

The Senior Exemption program is funded by the State of Colorado and will be available for the 2016 taxes payable in 2017.  Please contact the Assessor’s office for information regarding this program.     Assessor’s Website

Besides the Senior Exemption program, are there any other programs available to assist Senior Citizens?

Yes,  the State of Colorado Property Tax Deferral Program for Seniors is a low interest loan available to qualifying seniors.  The deadline to apply is April 1st of each year.  Please contact our office to obtain forms and for information regarding this program. 

Is there a program for Disabled Veterans?

Yes, you may contact the Assessor’s office for further information.     Assessor’s Website

Are there any tax liens on the property I purchased?   

By contacting the Treasurer's Office we can tell you if the real estate taxes are current or if there is a tax lien on your property for unpaid real estate taxes.   For information regarding any other type of lien you will need to contact the Clerk & Recorder's office.     Clerk & Recorder’s Website

Can I get copies of my property tax records?

Payment history going back four years is available on our website.  For older payment history please contact our office. There is a research fee of $15.00 an hour, and 25 cents a page for copies.

Is there a fee for requesting research and retrieval of public records under the "Colorado Open Records Act" (CORA)?

Yes.  El Paso County's complete policy regarding Colorado Open Records Act (CORA) requests is available on the El Paso County main web page:  www.elpasoco.com.  Fees for research performed by Treasurer Office Staff are set forth in C.R.S. 30-1-102. 

If research is requested that is not an official CORA request, is there a charge?

Yes, the Treasurer may charge $15.00 per hour for research per C.R.S. 30-1-102.  Standard copies are 25 cents per page.

How can I find out the amount of taxes I paid last year?

Payment information is available on our website under "Online Services" ,"Real Estate Property Tax Search and Online Payments".  Payment information is listed at the bottom of the screen.