Delinquent Tax Bills
For late payments, the following interest and penalty will be added to the balance.
- 0.875% interest will be added each month that a balance remains
- A one-time 10% penalty will be added on December 20th
Delinquent Payment BrochureView a brochure with information on Delinquent Taxes (PDF).
The Tax Commissioner’s office accepts partial payments once bills have been mailed. Taxpayers are welcome to make as many payments as needed to pay off the balance; however, penalties and interest will continue to accrue on the outstanding balance. Any account with an outstanding balance will be subject to a lien; therefore, the Tax Commissioner’s office encourages full payment of any outstanding balance as soon as possible.
A lien, also known as a Fi.Fa., is defined as 'a claim, encumbrance, or charge on a taxpayer’s property to obtain payment of overdue taxes' (Georgia Department of Revenue).
Prior to the issuance of a Fi.Fa., property owners will receive a 30 day notice of intent. This letter serves as a warning of a possible Fi.Fa., and will allow property owners to pay the account in full within 30 days.
Fi.Fa.s are recorded on the General Execution Docket of the Clerk of the Superior Court and remain in effect for seven years. A Fi.Fa. may appear on credit reports and adversely affect credit ratings.
Cancel a Fi.Fa.
Payment of outstanding taxes along with applicable fees, penalties and interest will serve to cancel the Fi.Fa.
If a tax sale is scheduled, an auction of the property is conducted the first Tuesday of the month at:
Municipal Building (Old Courthouse)
2nd Floor Commission Chambers
535 Telfair Street
Augusta, GA 30901
When scheduled, it will be advertised in the Augusta Chronicle for four consecutive weeks prior to the sale and will be posted on the home page.