Should you get a property tax loan or a county payment plan for outstanding property taxes? To find out what’s best for you, we’ve created this guide to help you decide.
What Are the Terms of a County Payment Plan or Agreement?
What’s the benefit of a county payment plan vs a property tax loan?
For small loan amounts (under $3,500), the avoidance of closing costs (generally about $750) is a material benefit that makes a county payment plan an attractive option.
A county agreement is a more cost-effective option for low balances when you are absolutely sure you can service the payments without fail. But if you need a lower monthly payment (an AFIC property tax loan payment might be as low as 10-15% of the county payment plan) or deferred payments for up to 24 months, then a property tax loan is better for you. Not only do most of AFIC’s products carry a lower interest rate than the county’s 12% interest rate, but the retroactively applied penalties and collection costs can be a debilitating amount of extra money for property owners. The other issue with a county payment plan is that you are talking to a faceless representative - you may never speak to the same person twice - and you will spend hours wading through the government bureaucracy. AFIC is an “on book” lender, meaning our family holds the loan, and you will have direct access to dedicated servicing personnel and decision-makers. Lastly, a property tax loan allows for flexibility and servicing that understands that you might have a temporary hardship. The property tax code doesn’t give the county that flexibility. They aren’t mean-spirited - they just don’t have a choice in what they can do to help people. And in many cases, it is likely the county collection law firms will soon file a suit soon after a late payment, compounding your problems.
Most counties also don’t offer payment plans for commercial property or non-homestead, single-family residential. If this is your property, then a property tax loan is what you need.
AFIC’s property tax loans can provide fast, affordable relief from the often unmanageable demands of county and city tax offices throughout the state. You can receive an instant quote by completing the form on our homepage. For qualifying properties, we can help you pay off your delinquent taxes and offer you the following benefits:
Rates as Low as 8.0% (8.51% APR*) $25,000 loan,
$750 in Closing Costs, 120 Monthly Payments of $303.32
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YOUR TAX OFFICE MAY OFFER DELINQUENT TAX INSTALLMENT PLANS THAT MAY BE LESS COSTLY TO YOU. YOU CAN REQUEST INFORMATION ABOUT THE AVAILABILITY OF THESE PLANS FROM THE TAX OFFICE.
If you are over 64 or disabled, don’t get a property tax loan, contact your tax office about a deferral.
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