The Treasurer is the custodian of all money belonging to the County. The primary duties of the office are to collect taxes, properly account for all County funds, and invest those County funds. We offer assistance to the public with property tax collection, questions and solutions and also the documents and certification necessary to obtain a mobile home permit or an alcohol permit in Elkhart County.

Contact

The People

Treasurer

Tina M. Bontrager

treasurer@elkhartcounty.com

Information about Property Taxes

Property taxes are due annually in two installments, May 10 and November 10 or the following business day. Any unpaid balance remaining after these due dates is assessed a penalty. There is a 5% penalty added to any balance paid within 30 calendar days after the due date. An additional 5% penalty will be added on the 31st day after the due date. The Treasurer’s office accepts partial payments for taxes in any amount throughout the year although any unpaid amounts remaining as of the due date are subject to penalties. Property tax bills are mailed annually at least 15 business days prior to the due date of the first installment. Please contact the office if you prefer to receive your tax bill by email. Property tax information, copies of tax bills and payment coupons are available online by clicking ‘Pay and/or View Bills Online’ above or visiting www.invoicecloud.com/Elkhart In accordance with Indiana State Law; not receiving a property tax bill is not sufficient reason to waive any penalties.

Property Tax Payment Options

  • NEW THIS YEAR – Payment drop box located at the north entrance of Elkhart County Administration Building at 117 N. Second St, Goshen, IN  46526.  If you miss the postmark deadline, you can drop it in the box.
  • By mail to Elkhart County Treasurer, P.O. Box 116, Goshen, IN  46527 or street address above. 
  • Online at www.invoicecloud.com/elkhart if you choose an echeck as your method of payment here it is a flat $0.95 charge
  • Text to Pay – register at www.invoicecloud.com/elkhart
  • By Phone1-888-881-9911 – automated so need to have parcel number, type of tax & tax year
  • Online Bill Direct – use your parcel number as the account number.
  • Accepted forms of payment – personal check, cash, money order, credit card, business check, wire or ACH.

Take your original tax coupon to any branch of the following banks:

  • First Source Bank
  • First State Bank
  • Interra Credit Union
  • Lake City Bank

Common Questions and Requests

Email questions and requests to mpermit@elkhartcounty.com

The owner listed on the title must obtain the permit to move or transfer title on the home

The permit is valid for 90 days and can be accessed here or in the Additional Property Tax Resources section of this page.

Verification from the County Treasurer that the applicant does not have any outstanding property tax liability is required by the Alcohol and Tobacco Commission by having a completed Property Tax Clearance Schedule Form No. 1 with the embossed seal of the County.

Information about this fee and its uses can be obtained at www.stormwaterelkco.org

Information on deductions should be directed to the County Auditor at 574-535-6710 or Visit the Auditor web page.

Information on assessed values should be directed to the County Assessor at 574-535-6700 or Visit the Assessor web page.

Information on assessed values for property located in Concord Township should be directed to the Concord Township assessor at 574-523-2217

Real estate parcels with delinquent taxes and/or special assessments of three installments or greater are subject to tax sale. Bidders should be familiar with the applicable statues addressing tax sales (IC6-1.1-24-1 et seq. and IC 6-1.1-25-1 et seq.) and seek legal advice if questions or uncertainties arise. The list of properties eligible for the annual tax sale will be posted a theSRI Tax Sale site least three weeks prior to the sale. This list of eligible properties will also be published three times prior to the sale in two local papers, The Goshen News and The Truth. Additional information is available on the SRI website above including how to register for the sale, a buyer handout, redemption information, and applicable laws.

Demand notices are mailed annually to taxpayers that have delinquent taxes on mobile homes and personal property. Any unpaid amounts are subject to judgment by Elkhart Circuit Court. Elkhart County has chosen to contract with American Financial Credit Services (AFCS) to be the collecting agency for all Certified to Court collections. Please direct any inquiries regarding these collections to AFCS at 1-888-317-2327 ext. 500 or www.afcsoptions.com including any and all payment arrangements.

To change your billing address for receiving your tax coupon and any other correspondence we need the request in writing. You may send the address change by email to jfore@elkhartcounty.com or complete an address change form in our office.

Dates to Remember:

  • March/April, 2020 – 2019/pay 2020 Tax Coupons will be mailed
  • May 11, 2020 – Spring Installment of Property Taxes Due
  • November 10, 2020 – Fall Installment of Property Taxes Due
  • December, 2020 – Personal Property and Mobile Home Delinquent Letters will be mailed
  • January, 2021 – Surplus Letters will be mailed
  • January, 2021 – Delinquent Accounts will be sent to Collections