Janel Barwick – Director
Gail Keefer – Clerk
About Tax Claims
The Tax Claim Bureau is responsible for collecting delinquent real estate taxes for the 8 school districts and the 36 townships/boroughs located throughout Northumberland County.
All real estate taxes are considered delinquent if not paid by December 31st of the current year. Any unpaid taxes are returned to the Tax Claim Bureau during the month of January and are assessed with a filing fee of $25.00 per parcel returned. Interest begins to accrue in March at a rate of 9% annually.
PAYMENT OF DELINQUENT TAXES
Taxes must be made payable to the following:
Northumberland County Tax Claim Bureau
399 Stadium Drive, Third Floor
Sunbury, PA 17801
ACCEPTABLE FORMS OF PAYMENT
Cash, Money Order, Cashier’s Check, Certified Check and Bank Check. Debit and Credit Card payments are accepted online only using the county website at northumberlandco.org. A public terminal is available in our office for those who do not have access to a computer. A 2.75% fee is applied for credit or debit card payments. NO PERSONAL OR BUSINESS checks will be accepted! Your payment will be returned and the postmark for the payment will not be honored.
THE NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY TAX CLAIM BUREAU ALSO DOES NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE CONCERNING DELINQUENT TAX ISSUES.
AGREEMENTS (Removal from or stay of sale options)
An agreement to pay a claim on an installment basis can stay a sale. Initially, payment must be at least 25% of the total of all tax claims and tax judgments entered against the property and the interest and cost due on the taxes returned to date. Although the Bureau may negotiate terms of an agreement, the first installment must, at a minimum, equal the aforementioned 25% figure. All additional payments must be received within ONE year of the agreement date. The bureau is prohibited from entering into a new installment agreement within three years of any default on a previous installment agreement.
Pa. Real Estate Tax Sale Law Section (Section 603) Stay of Sale–If a party to an installment agreement defaults on the agreement, the bureau shall not enter into a new installment agreement with that person within three (3) years.