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Cuyahoga County to Mail 2011 Property Tax Bills



Media Contacts:
John Kohlstrand: (216) 698-2099 or jkohlstrand@cuyahogacounty.us
Nicole Dailey Jones: (216) 263-4602, (216)338-0863 or ndjones@cuyahogacounty.us


CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga County’s 2011 property tax bills will be mailed starting Thursday, but there are steps that property owners can take right now if they want to ensure, for federal tax reasons, that the county receives payment before the end of the year.

For the vast majority of Cuyahoga County’s property owners, there is no desire to pay early. Many are happy to wait until closer to the Jan. 25, 2012 deadline before making their first half payment for 2011.

But, each year, some Cuyahoga County property owners do prefer to pay before the year ends so that the payment can be deducted on their next federal individual income tax return. Payments made before the end of the year can be deducted on 2011 federal income tax returns due next spring. Payments made in 2012 may be claimed on 2012 federal returns, which are due in 2013.

For property owners eager to pay their taxes before the end of the year, Cuyahoga County Treasurer Richard Sensenbrenner recommends not waiting for the county’s formal bill to arrive.

The best option, for those who want to pay early, is to look up one’s own bill at treasurer.cuyahogacounty.us. Taxpayers can then either use the online payment options offered there or mail a check to: Cuyahoga County Treasurer, 1219 Ontario St., Cleveland, OH 44113. Note: All checks should include the parcel number on the memo line.

“We know some people want to make payment right away, and we want to help,” Sensenbrenner said. “We will do what we can to make it easy as possible to pay your taxes.”

The treasurer’s office is preparing about 520,000 bills. About three-fifths of all the property tax revenue collected by the county treasurer pays for local schools, but cities, villages, townships, libraries and county-level services also benefit from property tax collections.