Tax Collection Duties
Duties of the County Attorney include assisting the Property Valuation Administration in Tax Assessment Appeals, working with the Sheriff and County Clerk on all tax matters, and overseeing the collection, sale, and foreclosure of delinquent tax certificates. The efforts are all part of meeting the Kentucky Constitutional Duty to impose a tax for the support of our schools, communities, fire districts, and governmental partners.
Tax Collection Process
Every year, a tax bill based on the assessed value is issued for each parcel of real estate in Hopkins County. These tax bills are generally issued in October each year with a due date of December 31st.
The tax bill is payable through the Sheriff’s Office from November 1st to April 15th. You can look up the current year’s real estate tax bill through the Sheriff’s Office at: hopkinscountysheriff.com. To review the real estate assessed value, please visit hopkinspva.org.
If the tax bill is not paid by April 15th, it is turned over to the County Clerk and becomes a Certificate of Delinquency which is recorded as a lien on the real estate pursuant to KRS 134.122. The tax bill is also a personal obligation of whomever owned the property on the January 1st assessment date of a given year.
This certificate includes additional penalties, fees and interest at a rate of twelve percent (12%) per annum pursuant to KRS 134.125. This amount due will increase each month with the accrual of additional interest.
If your Certificate of Delinquency remains unpaid for 6 months, pursuant to KRS 134.452, “third-party purchasers” can then purchase your Certificate of Delinquency by paying the amount due.
The first offering of a Certificate of Delinquency for sale each year is typically done at what is known as a Tax Bill Sale which is usually held in October each year.
Certificates of Delinquency that are eligible to be purchased may be subject to being purchased by a third party at any time. If purchased, the Certificate of Delinquency lien is assigned to the third-party purchaser and the third-party purchaser may impose substantial additional administrative costs and fees. Before a Certificate of Delinquency is sold, the County Attorney’s Office will attempt to notify the property owner by regular mail.
FOR ANY CERTIFICATE OF DELINQUENCY THAT HAS NOT BEEN PURCHASED, Payment of the full amount due plus any accrued interest may be made to the Hopkins County Clerk. If the Certificate of Delinquency has been purchased by a third-party purchaser, you must contact the purchaser for details on how to pay.
A Certificate of Delinquency cannot be sold to a “third-party purchaser” if the taxpayer has entered into a payment agreement with the County Attorney’s Office or if the subject property is involved in current litigation (foreclosure or bankruptcy generally) in which the County Attorney is a party.
If you are interested in purchasing a tax bill as a third-party purchaser, please contact the Hopkins County Clerk.