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H.B. 219 Enrolled
7 LONG TITLE
8 General Description:
9 This bill amends provisions in the Property Tax Act related to the imposition and
10 payment of delinquent taxes.
11 Highlighted Provisions:
12 This bill:
13 . increases the penalty imposed on delinquent property taxes from 2% to 2.5%;
14 . provides that the penalty is only 1% if the delinquent property taxes and the penalty
15 are paid by a specified date;
16 . provides that the interest rate that attaches to delinquent taxes and the penalty be:
17 . no less than 7%; and
18 . no more than 10%; and
19 . makes technical changes.
20 Monies Appropriated in this Bill:
22 Other Special Clauses:
23 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
24 Utah Code Sections Affected:
26 59-2-1331, as last amended by Laws of Utah 2007, Chapter 306
28 Be it enacted by the Legislature of the state of Utah:
29 Section 1. Section 59-2-1331 is amended to read:
30 59-2-1331. Date tax is delinquent -- Penalty -- Interest -- Payments -- Refund of
32 (1) (a) Except as provided in Subsection (1)(b), all taxes, unless otherwise specifically
33 provided for under Section 59-2-1332 , or other law, unpaid or postmarked after November 30
34 of each year following the date of levy, are delinquent, and the county treasurer shall close the
35 treasurer's office for the posting of current year tax payments until a delinquent list has been
37 (b) Notwithstanding Subsection (1)(a), if November 30 falls on a Saturday, Sunday, or
39 (i) the date of the next following day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or holiday shall be
40 substituted in Subsection (1)(a) and Subsection 59-2-1332 (1) for November 30; and
41 (ii) the date of the day occurring 30 days after the date under Subsection (1)(b)(i) shall
42 be substituted in Subsection 59-2-1332 (1) for December 30.
43 (2) (a) [
44 taxes on each separately assessed parcel are subject to a penalty of [
45 of the delinquent taxes or $10, whichever is greater.
46 (b) Unless the delinquent taxes, together with the penalty, are paid on or before
47 January [
48 the January 1 immediately following the delinquency date.
49 (c) [
50 the interest rate is equal to the sum of:
51 (i) 6%; and
52 (ii) the federal funds rate target:
53 (A) established by the Federal Open Markets Committee; and
54 (B) that exists on the January 1 immediately following the date of delinquency.
55 (d) The interest rate described in Subsection (2)(c) may not be:
56 (i) less than 7%; or
57 (ii) more than 10%.
58 (e) The penalty described in Subsection (2)(a) is 1% of the amount of the delinquent
59 taxes or $10, whichever is greater, if all delinquent taxes and the penalty are paid on or before
60 the January 31 immediately following the delinquency date.
61 (3) If the delinquency exceeds one year, the amount of taxes and penalties for that year
62 and all succeeding years shall bear interest until settled in full through redemption or tax sale.
63 The interest rate to be applied shall be calculated for each year as established under Subsection
64 (2) and shall apply on each individual year's delinquency until paid.
65 (4) The county treasurer may accept and credit on account against taxes becoming due
66 during the current year, at any time before or after the tax rates are adopted, but not
67 subsequent to the date of delinquency, either:
68 (a) payments in amounts of not less than $10; or
69 (b) the full amount of the unpaid tax.
70 (5) (a) At any time before the county treasurer mails the tax notice described in
71 Section 59-2-1317 , the county treasurer may refund amounts accepted and credited on account
72 against taxes becoming due during the current year.
73 (b) Upon recommendation by the county treasurer, the county legislative body shall
74 adopt rules or ordinances to implement the provisions of this Subsection (5).
75 Section 2. Effective date.
76 This bill takes effect on July 1, 2010.
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