Real Estate & Personal Property Taxes

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Annual property tax bills (taxes levied on real estate, business personal property, and other personal property, excluding licensed motor vehicles) are DUE on SEPTEMBER 1 and are PAST DUE after JANUARY 5. Taxes must be paid before the past due date to avoid late payment charges. 

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Paying Your Tax Bill

  • Pay By Mail

    Make checks payable and mail to:
    PO Box 538310
    Atlanta, GA 30353-8310
    For income tax and other records, please retain the upper portion of the bill and/or your cancelled check.                  Due to the cost of postage, receipts will be mailed only if you send a self-addressed stamped envelope.
  • Pay By Phone

    You can pay your Dare County Tax Bill with a credit card by calling toll-free 1.888.272.9829. The jurisdiction code for Dare County is 3955. To use the automated system you will need the 9 digit Parcel Number and the Customer Number from your Tax Bill. If you do not have your bill you can search for your parcel number. Once you have your parcel number, you can find your customer number from the online tax bill. A convenience fee equal to 2.75% of the payment amount will be applied to your transaction with a minimum fee of $1.00.
  • Online

    You can pay your Dare County Tax Bill with a credit card online. You will need to search for your bill by the parcel id number, the owner's name or by the property address. A convenience fee equal to 2.75% of the payment amount will be applied to your transaction with a minimum fee of $1.00.
  • Pay In Person

    You can pay your Dare County Tax Bill in person at the Dare County Tax Office Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Room 166), located in the Justice Center at 962 Marshall C Collins Dr, Manteo NC. Payments by debit cards, checks and cash are accepted with no convenience fees. Payments by Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express will be charged a credit card surcharge of 2% of the payment amount.
  • For your convenience a drop box for payments that are being paid with check is located at 962 Marshall Collins Drive, Manteo NC - by the flag pole in front of the Dare County Justice Center.
  • Tax payments can also be paid at Dare County Water Department Locations:
    • NRO Water Plant: 600 Mustian Street, Kill Devil Hills, NC 27948
    • RWS Mac Midgett Water Plant: 23697 NC Hwy 12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
    • Cape Hatteras Water Treatment Plant: 50225 Water Association Rd., Frisco, NC 27936 *closed 12p-1p for lunch

The Dare County Tax Collections Department accepts payments Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The Dare County calendar on the home page will advise you of scheduled holiday closures.

Need help or more information regarding your tax bill?

Contact the Dare County Tax Collections Office

Phone: 252.475.5952

Late Payment Charge

Real and personal property taxes become delinquent after January 5. Interest begins January 6 at a rate of 2% for the first month and 3/4 of 1% will be added each month thereafter until paid. Other costs and charges may also be added to the amount you owe.

Payments submitted by mail are deemed received based on the date shown on the postmark affixed only by the U.S. Postal Service. If the postmark is not affixed by the U.S. Postal Service or the postmark cannot be read, payment will be deemed to be received when it is received in the tax office. It is to your advantage to mail your payment several days in advance of the past due date. 

Return Check Charge

A ten percent (10%) penalty (minimum$25.00) will be charged for any check returned due to insufficient funds [N.C.G.S. 105-357(b)(2)], plus any criminal penalties provided by law. Tax receipts become null and void if a payment by check fails to clear the bank.


Failure to Pay/Collections

Delinquent taxes will be collected through garnishment of wages, attachment of state income tax refunds and bank accounts, seizure and sale of personal property (including vehicles, boats, and business equipment), or foreclosure on real estate.

Each year delinquent real estate taxes are advertised in a local newspaper. Unpaid taxes will be advertised in accordance with N.C.G.S. 105-369. Additional costs will be added to delinquent accounts if advertised.