What happens if I don’t pay my real estate tax?

Tax payments must be received on or before the due date to avoid interest and demand charges. If payment is not made on or before the due date, the account will begin to accrue interest at the rate of 14% per annum, computed from the date the bill was due.

10 days after a 4th quarter bill a demand notice will be sent and a demand fee is charged against the account.

If the account remains delinquent after further attempts to notify owners and collect unpaid real estate taxes, the owner's name, address and the amount owed will be advertised in the Bedford Minuteman, additional fees will be assessed and a tax lien will be placed on the property and recorded with the Registry of Deeds. A tax lien is the first step in the foreclosure process. All taxes, costs, and interest must be paid to prevent foreclosure.

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1. What are the due dates for Real Estate Taxes?
2. What if I don’t receive a Real Estate Tax Bill?
3. What happens if I pay my Real Estate Tax late?
4. How do I change the old owner’s name that appears on the Tax Bill after purchasing the property?
5. What happens if there is an overpayment on my Real Estate Tax?
6. What happens if I don’t pay my real estate tax?
7. What should I do if I recently sold my property, but I am still receiving a tax bill?
8. How much did I pay in real estate tax last year?