Question: Indiana - My 2012 taxes increased significantly, upon questioning the county assessor as to why, it was discovered that they made a mistake on my 2011 taxes. Not only did my 2012 taxes increase significantly, my 2011 taxes were also in error. I filed a petition asking for a review of my 2012 taxes. My issue at hand now is that I have now received a notice from the county assessor stating that “They made an error, that there was a “glitch in the CAMA program that omitted the house and garage assessment and the omission was corrected for 2011 pay 2012”. At the same time as receiving this notice I received a tax statement in the amount of $1,862.81, of this amount $949.00 is for delinquent tax and $94.90 is for delinquent penalty. Please advise if the county can now charge me for 2011 taxes that they acknowledge was their error and if they can charge me a delinquent tax fee and delinquent penalty? Thank you, XXXXX XXXXX
Response: I am sorry to hear about your difficulties. Unfortunately, the County can send you a corrected tax bill. However, the County cannot add delinquent fee or penalty to the bill since their error caused the delinquency. You could not pay the bill previously because the amount was not correct. You need to go to the Assessor's office and demand to speak to the supervisor. Take all your correspondence to and from the assessor's office with you as evidence. This cannot be handled over the phone or through the mail because you are going to get run around. It is better for you to go there in person and resolve this issue once and for all.
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