NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Tax Department has begun mailing real estate tax bills and property owners should receive their bill by the middle of August. Property taxes are due on September 1, 2023, but can be paid without interest until January 5, 2024.
Property owners whose taxes are paid via an escrow will receive a courtesy notice of their tax bill and are encouraged to verify that their taxes are paid with their mortgage company.
The New Hanover County tax rate is 45 cents per $100 for the 2023-2024 fiscal year, and the fire services tax rate for property owners in the unincorporated county is set at 7.25 cents per $100. View more information about the county’s tax rate and budget here.
Tax bills also include municipality taxes for residents in the City of Wilmington, and the towns of Carolina Beach, Kure Beach and Wrightsville Beach. Tax rates for each municipality are listed below:
- Carolina Beach – 21.5 cents per $100
- City of Wilmington – 39.5 cents per $100
- City of Wilmington Municipal Services District – 6.47 cents per $100
- Wrightsville Beach – 9.23 cents per $100
- Kure Beach – 26.58 cents per $100
Property owners in the unincorporated area of the county will be charged a fee for the county’s Stormwater Services Program, and this fee is listed as a separate line item on the tax bill. More information can be found at Engineering.NHCgov.com.
To assist property owners and encourage penalty-free payments, tax bills include four payment coupons that reflect the total amount owed, divided into four equal payments. The Tax Office also accepts credit card, debit card and E-check payments in-person, online at InvoiceCloud or by calling 1-877-309-0878. When paying online, there is a small service fee.
For property owners not paying online, the Tax Office has an outdoor drop-box located at the right of the main entrance of the New Hanover County Government Center to bring payments, or they can be mailed to New Hanover County Tax at PO Box 18000, Wilmington, NC 28406.
“Our office is committed to making the tax paying process efficient and easy to understand for our residents, while providing payment flexibility,” said New Hanover County Tax Administrator Allison Snell. “To avoid having to pay interest on taxes, we encourage individuals to reach out to our office before taxes become delinquent on January 5, so we can arrange alternate payment options when possible.”
For questions or to make payment arrangements, please contact the Tax Department at 910-798-7300 or submit a payment arrangement form.