County gets outside help to collect delinquent taxes

by Bill Nachman - Posted on Nov 06, 2013 - 10:56 AM

The Gloucester Treasurer’s Office has brought in outside help to collect delinquent personal property taxes—and it’s not costing county residents any money.

In September, the county began using the professional collection expertise of Taxing Authority Consulting Services, a Richmond-based company. Treasurer Tara Thomas said that TACS receives 20 percent on top of the amount of the delinquent accounts collected, so there are no charges passed on to the public, other than the delinquent taxpayer.

For many years, Gloucester has contracted with York County attorney Jim Elliott to collect real estate delinquent taxes, Thomas said. But the Treasurer’s Office tries multiple times to collect delinquent personal and real estate taxes before the accounts are sent other outlets.

There are generally more defaults on personal property accounts than on real estate, Thomas said.

Of the 2013 first real estate tax installment of $13,737,146.11, Thomas said that 3.55 percent of the amount due was still outstanding as of Sept. 30. Meanwhile, 8.64 percent of the first personal property installment of $6,275,898.67 was still outstanding as of the end of September.

Second 2013 tax installments for real estate and personal property are due Dec. 5. All bills for second installments were mailed Oct. 22.