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.

On the 4th quarter bill, a demand notice will be sent and a demand fee of $25 is charged against the account.

If the account remains delinquent the owner's Name, Address and the amount of outstanding taxes will be advertised in the Reading Chronicle and the advertising fee will be charged to the account.

If the account continues to remain delinquent, a tax lien (a legal claim placed on the property for debt) is placed on the property and is recorded with the Middlesex County 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. All costs incurred are charged to the account in the 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. How will the payments be calculated?
4. Are you a new owner?
5. What happens if I pay my Real Estate Tax late?
6. Where do I mail my Real Estate Tax payment?
7. How do I change the old owners name that appears on the Tax Bill, after purchasing the property?
8. How do I change the mailing address on my Real Estate Bill?
9. What happens if there is an overpayment on my Real Estate Tax?
10. What happens if I don't pay my Real Estate Tax?
11. What should I do if I recently sold my property, but I am still receiving a tax bill?
12. How do I get a Municipal Lien Certificate?
13. How much will it cost and how long does it take?
14. How much did I pay in Real Estate Taxes last year?
15. Have you received my Real Estate Tax payment from my bank?
16. What if I am buying a condominium that is in the middle of a conversion?