Diana Chavis, Tax Collector
303 West Church Street
Sometimes referred to as Ad Valorem Tax, property tax is assessed annually against the value of real and personal property including homes, vehicles, commercial buildings and vacant land. It is usually expressed in terms of cents per $100 of property value. The current tax rate for the City of Laurinburg is $.40 per $100 valuation.
- Tax bills are mailed in July for the fiscal year beginning July 1st through June 30th. Taxes are billed for the fiscal year, not the calendar year.
- There is a 1% discount when paid by August 31st.
- Taxes are due and payable by September 1st.
- Taxes are payable without interest through January 5th.
- An interest charge of 2% is assessed on delinquent property tax bills on January 6th.
- An interest charge of three-fourths of one-percent (3/4%) is assessed on February 1st and each month thereafter until the taxes are paid in full.
- Delinquent notices are mailed in January and February.
- Delinquent taxpayers are advertised in The Laurinburg Exchange in March.
- All tax listing is done by the Scotland County Tax Department (919-277-2566) in January. No listing is required at the City offices. It is necessary to list personal property such as boats, boat motors, business equipment and supplies, farm equipment, airplanes, mobile homes, non-tagged motor vehicles, and anything other than tagged motor vehicles.
- If you are a N.C. resident who is 65 years of age or older or are permanently and totally disabled, and your income is no more than $25,600 per year, you may be eligible for the Homestead Exemption. If you think you may qualify, apply at the Scotland County Tax Department between January 1st and April 15th.
- The Disable Veteran’s Exemption excludes the first $45,000 of the appraised value of a permanent residence owned and occupied by a North Carolina Resident, who was Discharged Honorably or under Honorably Conditions, or a surviving spouse, who has not remarried, of a 100% Disabled Veteran Discharged Honorably or under Honorably Conditions
The Office of the Tax Collector is responsible for collecting approved Special Assessments for the City of Laurinburg. Special Assessments, also known as Street Assessments, are those in which there has been a contract made between the property owner and the City of Laurinburg for improvements to certain properties such as street (curb and gutter), street lighting, lot cuttings, and/or water and sewer. Until a Special Assessment is paid-in-full, it is considered a lien on the property within the same meaning as a property tax lien.
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I pay my taxes?
There are three ways to pay your real estate and personal property taxes. (Motor Vehicle taxes must be paid at the Scotland County Tax Department.)
- By Mail:
Mail both the tax payment stub and the check or money order to: City of Laurinburg Tax Collector, P.O. Box 249, Laurinburg, NC 28353 (*Note: To send overnight delivery, please mail to: 303 W. Church Street, Laurinburg, NC 28352).
- In Person:
At City Hall located at 303 W. Church Street, Monday-Friday between 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. (Cash, check and credit cards accepted).
What do property taxes pay for?
State law authorizes units of local government (cities, towns and counties) to assess and collect property taxes as a source of funding to pay for public services such as fire and police protection, libraries, recreational facilities and transportation facilities and services. Your taxes also pay for services to help protect children and senior citizens from abuse and neglect, protect our water and air from pollution, repair and build roads and much more. Property taxes are the largest source of revenue to fund these services.
What property is taxed?
Property taxes are levied on real property (land and buildings), motor vehicles, boats, trailers and income-producing personal property. If you live within the City of Laurinburg, you must pay taxes to the City as well as to Scotland County.
How do I change my address on my tax bill?
To change your mailing address for real estate tax bills, please contact the City of Laurinburg at 910-291-1735 or write to us at: City of Laurinburg, P.O. Box 249, Laurinburg, NC 28353.
Should you have questions regarding any of the above information, please contact Diana Chavis, Tax Collector, City of Laurinburg Tax Department, at 910-291-1735.