The second installment of property and mobile home taxes in Linn County is due by March 31, 2023. Property taxes must be paid no later than March 31, 2023, to avoid late fees of one and one half percent beginning April 1.
“Everyone is busy and might not want to spend 20 minutes or more waiting in line to pay their property taxes. The Linn County Treasurer’s Office offers numerous ways to pay your property taxes, including online at iowataxandtags.org, mailing a check to our office, calling our office at 319-892-5500 to pay over the phone with a credit card or by e-check, or you can simply drop off your personal check along with the stub portion of your tax statement in our white drop box in front of the Linn County Public Service Center. Please feel free to use the method that works best for you,” Linn County Treasurer Brent Oleson said.
The following payment options are available to help residents avoid waiting in line at the Treasurer’s Office:
Pay property taxes online at www.iowataxandtags.org. Payment options include VISA, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express credit cards or eCheck. If paying by eCheck, the online fee is only 30 cents. Credit card payments have a non-refundable service delivery fee added to the tax amount due for the service of paying taxes online with a credit card. Residents will have the opportunity to exit out of the payment process without completing the transaction if they choose to do so and pay by an alternate method. The County Treasurer’s Office does not receive any portion of the transaction fee.
Pay by Mail
Mail property tax payments to the Linn County Treasurer, 935 2nd St. SW, Cedar Rapids, IA 52404. Payments postmarked by March 31, 2023, will be considered paid on time and no interest will be charged. The U.S. Postal Service postmark is the only date recognized for date of mailing. The date written on a check or a business metered date cannot be accepted as proof of the mailing date. To ensure proper credit, please include the stub portion of the tax statement with the payment. Residents who would like a receipt must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment.
Drop Box Payment
Property tax payments can be dropped off in the white drop box located outside the entrance to the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids. Please do not place cash payments in the drop box outside. Cash payments may be deposited in the drop box inside the Public Service Center lobby during normal business hours. To ensure proper credit, please include the stub portion of the tax statement with payment. Residents who would like a receipt must include a self-addressed stamped envelope with their payment.
Pay in Person
Property taxes can be paid in person at the Linn County Treasurer’s Office at the Jean Oxley Linn County Public Service Center, 935 2nd St. SW in Cedar Rapids, Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Parking is available at the Public Service Center and on the street. (Due to staff development training, hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of each month.)
Check the current average wait time in the Treasurer’s Office by visiting Linn County’s website at LinnCountyIowa.gov/Treasurer.
Pay Over the Phone
Property taxes can be paid over the phone by calling the Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319- 892-5500 Monday through Friday 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. Phone hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. the second Wednesday of every month. Phone payments can be made with eCheck or credit cards. Due to the high volume of calls, phone hold times could exceed 30 minutes.
Email / Text Message Reminders
Sign up to receive email or text reminders about property tax payments by visiting Linn County’s website at www.LinnCountyIowa.gov/NotifyMe and sign up for the “Property Tax Payment Reminder.” Property tax statements will still be mailed each fall. The email or text message will serve as a reminder that the payment is due.
Distribution of Taxes
County Treasurers collect property taxes on behalf of all jurisdictions in the county and then distribute the taxes collected to the other jurisdictions, including the property owner’s city of residence, school district, and other taxing bodies in the county.
Approximately 16 percent of property taxes paid by Linn County property owners in incorporated areas are used to fund Linn County government operations and services. The remaining 84 percent of property taxes goes to the property tax payer’s city of residence, school district, and other taxing bodies in the county. Linn County taxes represent slightly more than one-third of property taxes for rural residents.
See the reverse side of your property tax statement for a detailed breakdown by percentage and actual dollar amount of how your individual property taxes are distributed among the taxing jurisdictions.
For questions, call the Linn County Treasurer’s Office at 319-892-5500 or visit LinnCountyIowa.gov/Treasurer.