Find out more information on steps the office may take to collect on an account after it has reached delinquent status.
What happens when a tax bill becomes delinquent?
Enforced debt collection may begin immediately upon an account reaching delinquent status. Action for collection may include garnishment of wages; attachment of bank accounts, rental income or income tax refunds; seizure and sale of personal property by the Sheriff's Office; or foreclosure of real estate.
The first step in the foreclosure process is advertisement of the delinquent account in The News & Observer approximately two months after becoming delinquent. This action is required by North Carolina General Statutes. Commencement of any of these actions will result in additional costs and/or fees being added to the unpaid bills.
To view instructions on retrieving a full listing of real estate billing and delinquent files, please visit our page for Real Estate Tax Bill & Payment Files.