1st Installment of 2016 Property Taxes Due
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 30, 2017
I would like to remind the taxpayers of Eau Claire County that the due date for paying the first installment of their 2016 property tax is due by January 31, 2017. You may pay the whole tax or the first installment at that time. Please read your tax statement as to who you pay. The City of Eau Claire, City of Altoona, Town of Ludington and Town of Union taxpayers pay directly to Eau Claire County. All others must make this payment to their municipality treasurer. If you miss the deadline or if you pay less than the 1st installment amount due; the taxes will be delinquent. You will be charged interest on the total unpaid tax amount beginning February 1st. You will also lose the option of making your second-half payment in July.
If you have not received your tax bill, you may contact the Eau Claire County Treasurer’s office at 715-839-4805; the treasurer of the municipality in which your property is located; or visit the Eau Claire County Treasurer’s website at http://www.co.eau-claire.wi.us/ to obtain your tax information. Remember, state law says you must pay your taxes and pay them on time even if you do not get a tax bill.
Now is also the time to be sure you are certified for the lottery and gaming credit.
Please check your tax bill. If you have not received the lottery and gaming credit, contact your local municipality treasurer or the Eau Claire County Treasurer who will see that you receive a claim form. You must sign and return the form before you can be certified for and receive the credit.
The primary eligibility requirements are:
1. You own the property on January 1, 2016.
2. The property was your primary residence on January 1, 2016.
The Department of Revenue defines primary residence as the place where you live most of the time. Generally speaking, you need to live at the property six or more months of the year and you must be able to prove you are a Wisconsin resident.
Glenda J. Lyons, Eau Claire County Treasurer