Porter County Auditor

Porter County Auditor Providing Porter County taxpayers with professional, courteous, and efficient service in matters involving their property taxes and government funds.
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The Porter County Auditor page is intended to highlight the activities of the auditor's office and to share with taxpayers and stakeholders information about their taxes, government budgets and funds, and related topics. The Porter County Auditor's office consists of the Property Tax Division and the Accounting and Budget Division. The Property Tax Division works cooperatively with the County Assessor and County Treasurer in the assessment-to-tax-billing cycle and with the County Recorder in maintaining property records. Our duties include maintaining plat maps and the parcel numbering system, certifying property ownership, and transferring deeds. We also maintain deductions, abatements, and exemptions and apply property tax caps to tax bills. The auditor also annually certifies the net assessed values, a critical component in setting tax rates. The Accounting and Budget Division is the heart and soul of county government finance. We process payroll and benefits for county employees, maintain the financial ledgers, prepare and continually update county budgets and funds, and provide financial reports to county departments. We also prepare the annual financial reports subject to audit and distribute tax revenue to taxing units.

We're pleased to announce that our office has now completed the spring, 2020 tax settlement, disbursing more than $130 m...
06/06/2020

We're pleased to announce that our office has now completed the spring, 2020 tax settlement, disbursing more than $130 million of property taxes, excise taxes, assessments and other fees to Porter County's towns and cities, schools, libraries, and other taxing units. Although the deadline to pay the spring tax bill without penalty was extended this year, counties are still required to disburse the on-time collections. Many thanks to Porter County Treasurer Michelle Clancy and her staff for working with our office to complete settlement as soon as possible, getting your tax dollars to local government units well before the deadline. And a huge thanks goes to our settlement team members Chief Deputy Toni Downing and Budget and Finance Director Tiffany Johnson, who went full steam ahead with settlement at the same time that we three are finishing up our most significant project to date, namely, our GAAP-based financial report. And finally, a very heartfelt thank you goes to each and every Porter County taxpayer who paid their spring tax bill on time -- you couldn't come into the county building and you may have encountered delays in getting your issue resolved, but you nonetheless paid your taxes despite possible financial, health or other challenges you may have had during this most difficult time. You helped to keep local government afloat, and for that, we thank you!

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country.
05/25/2020

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in service for our country.

Today was coronavirus testing day for the Auditor's Office. In accordance with the County Commissioners' COVID-19 policy...
05/19/2020

Today was coronavirus testing day for the Auditor's Office. In accordance with the County Commissioners' COVID-19 policy, our office will resume our regular work schedule on Tuesday of next week, after all other county employees complete the testing. The County Administration Building will remain closed to the public, except by appointment.

Today in Indiana is the official deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes. However, under an executive o...
05/11/2020
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Today in Indiana is the official deadline to pay the spring installment of property taxes. However, under an executive order by Gov. Holcomb, taxpayers who do not pay on time this spring will incur no penalties for 60 days. So, is there any reason to pay your property taxes now? Yes! County auditors are still required to disburse the May tax collections to local government units. Lower tax distributions could prompt some schools, municipalities, townships and other units to borrow in order to stay afloat. We in the Porter County Auditor's Office are planning another tax disbursement after the penalty waiver period ends in July. If you have the means to do so, please consider paying your property taxes today to help out local government. For more information about paying online or by phone, visit the Porter County website at www.porterco.org.

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To Moms, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, stepmoms, aunts, Godmothers, and all others who are caring fo...
05/10/2020

To Moms, grandmothers, great-grandmothers, mothers-in-law, stepmoms, aunts, Godmothers, and all others who are caring for others, have a wonderful Mother's Day!

The Porter County and Portage Township Assessor offices have mailed taxpayers their Form 11s, notices of assessment. The...
05/02/2020

The Porter County and Portage Township Assessor offices have mailed taxpayers their Form 11s, notices of assessment. These forms include property values set by the assessors that will apply to your property taxes next year.

You may have heard people say that taxes are paid "in arrears" or that taxes are for a certain "payable year." In our office, we often refer to the property taxes due this year as "2019 payable 2020" taxes.That's because property taxes in Indiana are based on the assessments as of Jan. 1 of the prior year. In the Form 11 below, the current tax bill that will be due this May 11 was calculated based on the values at the left, under "Previous Assessment." Our office will calculate next year's bills, payable 2021, on the values to the right, under "New Assessment Effective January 1, 2020."

These values, however, can change because taxpayers have the right to appeal; more information about appeals, including the state-required deadlines, are included in the Form 11.

The Assessors will soon turn over all the new assessments to the Auditor's office, allowing us to proceed with applying deductions and abatements and completing other items before we certify the net values, a key part of determining next year's rax rates. Indiana's process of assessment-to-tax-billing is a very interesting process that involves multiple county offices and state agencies as well as the budgets of every taxing unit!

04/30/2020

One question we are receiving quite often these days comes from taxpayers who need to file for or update a deduction, such as the homestead deduction. Because the BMV offices have been closed, they are not able to update their drivers' licenses to reflect their current address. Not to worry. Taxpayers have through the end of the year to file or update their deductions in order to receive the benefit on their tax bills next year. We are encouraging taxpayers in this situation to wait until the BMV offices re-open and then file with our office prior to Dec. 31.

04/18/2020

This week was Week 4 of reduced in-house staff as we all work to reduce the spread of COVID-19. It was also the week Porter County's property tax bills went out -- without the normal steady stream of taxpayers in the county building! It resulted in a very interesting workweek indeed. Here are some highlights from the Auditor's Office:

--To keep up with the heavy volume of calls and emails, several Auditor deputies worked longer hours and came in voluntarily beyond their regular shift. Chief Deputy Toni even returned calls from home after office hours. By close of day Friday, all taxpayer calls were returned!

--We processed payroll for about 600 county employees.

--Working in conjunction with the Assessor and Recorder offices, we processed about 135 deeds and affivadits.

--We paid 119 vendor claims totalling more than $300,840.

--We balanced with our counter, Recorder, and Assessor offices; researched complicated deeds and other tax matters; kept up with property transfers; and processed numerous address changes.

And, not the least of which, we kept wiping down our work spaces, from the staplers to the towel dispenser, and taking other precautions to help "flatten the curve." Thank you, Auditor Office team for all your hard work. And thank you taxpayers for your patience as we work through these challenging times. Stay safe and healthy!

One of the most common questions we are hearing from taxpayers this week about their property taxes concerns the Over-65...
04/17/2020
Over-65 Deduction & Credit | Porter County, IN - Official Website

One of the most common questions we are hearing from taxpayers this week about their property taxes concerns the Over-65 deduction. Many taxpayers are asking if they qualify for this deduction now that they have turned 65.

Under Indiana state law, taxpayers must meet several criteria in addition to the age requirement. Here is a general overview of some of the rules:

--The property's assessed value cannot exceed $200,000 (The limit under state law was $182,430 for taxes due this year).

--The adjusted gross income, as shown on the taxpayers' most recent federal tax return, cannot exceed $30,000 for single filers or $40,000 for those married filing jointly or those who share ownership or purchasing on contract. (This is also a revision of the state law that applied to property taxes this year).

--The applicant and any other owners other than a spouse must reside in the home. The deduction amount is reduced for any non-spousal co-owner younger than 65.

--The applicant must be at least 65 in the year preceding the tax billing year.

--The Over 65 deduction cannot be combined with certain other deductions; for example, taxpayers who also receive the blind/disabled or disabled veterans deductions cannot also receive the Over-65 deduction.

The Porter County Auditor's Office will assist taxpayers in helping to determine their eligibility. The application deadline for the following year's tax billing is Dec. 31. So even though county offices are currently closed to the public, taxpayers have through the end of the year to submit their application and any supporting documentation to receive the deduction in 2021. For more information, see the Over 65 deduction page on our website: http://porterco.org/815/Over-65-Deduction

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04/15/2020

With property tax bills now arriving in mailboxes, many taxpayers have questions, and as always, we are here to assist! But unlike prior tax years, we are operating with reduced and rotating crews in order to comply with the directives to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus. Please know that we are working diligently to answer each and every call and email -- and hopefully resolve your issue satisfactorily!

Property tax bill update: The Treasurer's Office has mailed out the 2020 property tax bills. Porter County property owne...
04/13/2020
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Property tax bill update: The Treasurer's Office has mailed out the 2020 property tax bills. Porter County property owners will be receiving their tax bills in the mail this week. The due date for the first installment of taxes is May 11. However, under an executive order issued by Gov. Holcomb, penalties on delinquent property taxes will be waived for 60 days. (The waiver does not apply to taxes held in escrow). To view your tax bill or pay online, please see the various links to "property taxes" on Porter County Government's website, www.porterco.org.

Our new mobile responsive site is designed to make it easier to engage with Porter County government from the convenience of your phone or desktop.

May you and yours have a joyous Easter Sunday.
04/12/2020

May you and yours have a joyous Easter Sunday.

04/11/2020

This past week was Week 3 of county government offices working remotely and with rotating, reduced in-office crews as the building remains closed to the public. We kept busy! Here are some highlights of the workweek:

--We processed about 160 claims totaling more than $533,760 in payments to vendors.
--Working in conjunction with the Assessor's and Recorder's offices, we processed nearly 50 deeds.
--We kept up to date with property transfers, fielded numerous phone calls and emails, and processed address changes.
--We prepped for next week's payroll, continued work on our required financial statements, and participated remotely in meetings and conference calls.
--And last but not least, we cleaned the office, disinfected our work areas, washed our hands, and kept our distance to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus.

Stay safe and healthy, everyone!

Porter County government offices are closed to the public, but that hardly means that work is at a halt! Here is a snaps...
03/27/2020

Porter County government offices are closed to the public, but that hardly means that work is at a halt! Here is a snapshot of what the Porter County Auditor's office has done since March 24 when the new "skeleton/rotating/remote-working crew" policy took effect:

--Paid vendors, with this week's checks totaling $1,895,358, including payments to construction crews working on county buildings. Today alone, our office processed more than 170 invoices for next week's check run.

--Working in conjunction with the County Assessor and Recorder offices, we processed 94 deeds and affidavits and are nearly up to date on property transfers.

--We continued receipting, balancing with the Recorder's office, processing address changes, mailing out deduction applications.

--We started keeping count but it became too unwieldy to track precisely the number of phone calls and emails we handled with taxpayers, local attorneys, title companies, and other department heads.

--We prepped for next week's payroll, made signficant progress on our first-ever, in-house GAAP financial report, participated in statewide conference calls and meetings, handled the required paperwork for this week's online County Council meeting, and continued work with the Treasurer's office on the upcoming tax bills.

--And, last but not least, we kept disinfecting areas of our office and washing our hands to do our part to reduce the spread of the virus while doing the work the taxpayers are paying us to do!

My personal, deep-felt thanks to each of our awesome County Auditor staff members, and to all other county government workers and for that matter, all other workers in our communities as we carry out our duties during this time of uncertainty.

Stay safe, stay calm, stay healthy.

Practicing the safest food handling and social distancing policies, our tax deputy, Arleen, baked this incredible tray o...
03/26/2020

Practicing the safest food handling and social distancing policies, our tax deputy, Arleen, baked this incredible tray of cupcakes for those working in the county building today. Pursuant to the directive of the County Commissioners, in accordance with the Governor's executive order, county offices continue to work on a rotating/reduced/remote basis depending on the nature of their work. Those who were on duty today got to partake in some incredibly delicious cupcakes! Thank you, Arleen!

03/25/2020

Tax Bill Update (Part 2 of 3): Under an executive order issued by Gov. Holcomb, taxpayers who pay their May 11 property taxes late this year will see their penalties waived for 60 days; the waiver applies to all tax payments except those held in escrow. Our office is making preparations in the event that tax collections will be lower than anticipated when we distribute revenues to local government units by the June 30 state deadline. Below is an excerpt of an email I sent to local units last week, outlining our plans to make an advance tax distribution and to take other measures to get local taxing units their revenues as quickly as possible:

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"Hello local officials,

First, I hope you and yours are well during this difficult period.

As you may have heard, Gov. Holcomb yesterday issued an executive order containing a number of provisions related to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. One provision is a 60-day waiver of penalties for late property tax payments due May 11. The link to the order is:https://www.in.gov/gov/files/EO_20-05.pdf

...I want to assure you that our office will do whatever we can to assist you in the event of reduced collections when we run our spring settlement.

We will closely monitor the tax collections and as soon as we can around the deadline, we will report back to you with estimates of what to expect. If needed, we will also plan for an advance tax draw, likely after the penalty waiver period to reconcile the collections before and after the 60-day period. Further, we will encourage all taxpayers to pay on time if they can, due to the impact on local government operations. And, as always, we will coordinate with County Treasurer Michelle Clancy and her office to process settlement as soon as possible after the due date ...

By working together, we will get through this and continue to serve our taxpayers responsibly.

Thank you. And stay healthy!"

Here is an update on this year's property tax billing (Part 1 of 3). Even though many government offices are closed to t...
03/22/2020

Here is an update on this year's property tax billing (Part 1 of 3). Even though many government offices are closed to the public, Indiana counties are still required to prepare on-time tax billing. The due date for the spring installment remains unchanged, May 11. Our office recently received the required state approval for our tax abstract, and our annual tax rate chart has been published twice, with the third publication set for this week. The Treasurer's Office is now proceeding with the tax bill printing.

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Renee!
03/20/2020

We celebrated a birthday today in the Porter County Auditor's office. Happy birthday, Renee!

Effective at noon on March 17, the Porter County Auditor's Office, along with other county government offices, will be c...
03/16/2020
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Effective at noon on March 17, the Porter County Auditor's Office, along with other county government offices, will be closed to the public, per the County Commissioners' order. County employees who are in good health will continue to work. Our office is committed to continued operations, including processing county payroll, paying vendors, and processing deductions. If you need to reach our office, we will be here to assist you. You may call our main office number at 219-465-3445 or email [email protected]. Thank you for your understanding. Take care of yourself, your family, and your neighbors! http://www.porterco.org/1573/Coronavirus

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This past week was the annual Porter County Commissioners' Certificate Sale, which offered  properties that didn't sell ...
03/07/2020

This past week was the annual Porter County Commissioners' Certificate Sale, which offered properties that didn't sell at the fall Tax Sale to winning bidders. A total of 93 certificates were sold, representing just over $1 million in delinquent property taxes. Prior to the sale, another 16 parcels were redeemed, with all back taxes paid. My thanks to County Treasurer Michelle Clancy and her staff; our Auditor deputies, particularly Danielle and Tiffany; and SRI Inc., which organized the sale. We all worked together to ensure a smooth and successful sale to help get tax-delinquent parcels back on the tax rolls!

We're pleased to join other governmental units in submitting our Annual Financial Report (AFR) for the public's review. ...
02/29/2020
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We're pleased to join other governmental units in submitting our Annual Financial Report (AFR) for the public's review. These state-required reports, which come under audit, detail the prior year's financial activity. Compiling these reports is always a major endeavor. In our office, we approach this task as a team, typically meeting weekly in January and February to share our progress compiling data on such items as grant activity, revenue and spending activity, assets owned by the county, and payments to non-profits. This year, our AFR took on a whole new meaning. Instead of "closing the books" on our 2019 financials, we are only just beginning! In accordance with a new state requirement affecting certain counties and other large taxing units, our office will now compile a second annual report, one that will be much more complex and, we hope, very meaningful for the readers! We will post updates on our efforts to compile Porter County's first in-house financial report following generally accepted accounting principles in accordance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board. In the meantime, you can check out our AFR, and those for many other governmental units, by visiting the state's Gateway site. https://gateway.ifionline.org/report_builder/

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