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Real estate taxes are paid one year in arrears. (Example: In the year 2011, property owners will be paying 2010 real estate taxes.) Real estate tax notices are mailed to property owners in January. Taxes in South Dakota are due and payable the first of January, however the first half of property tax payments are accepted until April 30th without penalty. The second half of property tax payments will be accepted until October 31. All special assessments are due in full on or before April 30. In addition, all taxes under $50 are due and payable in full on or before April 30.

Please keep in mind that taxes that are not postmarked by April 30th and October 31st, respectively, are considered delinquent. If you mail your payment on time and the post office fails to postmark it by those dates, it will be considered a late payment. If April 30th or October 31st fall on a Saturday, Sunday or holiday, according to state law it is your responsibility to get your payment to the Treasurers office by 5pm of the last working day of the month. We will also accept payments after 5pm in our drop box (located next to the main door of the annex) until midnight of April 30th & October 31st or the last working day of the month.

All property owners will receive a tax notice in January for every parcel of land they own including mobile homes and buildings on leased site. The notice will be sent to the property owner whether or not taxes are paid through an escrow company. It is the owner’s responsibility to verify that the escrow company is in fact paying their taxes. The treasurer’s office does not keep track of which parcels are paid through escrow.
The Treasurer is required by law to conduct a tax certificate sale the third Monday in December each year. A tax certificate will be issued and can be sold on any property having delinquent taxes. A list of properties with delinquent taxes is available at the Treasurers Office.

If the property is taxed as building on leased site (mobile home 1977 or newer), a distress warrant will be issued to the Lawrence County Sheriffs Office for collection 45 days after being advertised (around the 2nd week in December), in the Black Hills Pioneer as delinquent.

Taxes can be paid using a credit card; see Official Payments link.

When you pay by check, you authorize us to use its information to process an electronic funds transfer (EFT). When we use information from your check to make an electronic fund transfer, funds may be withdrawn from you account as soon as the same day you make your payment.

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