FAIRBANKS NORTH STAR BOROUGH

907 Terminal St. Fairbanks AK 99701 (907) 459-1000

Tax Bill and Payment Information

 

TAX BILL

AND

PAYMENT INFORMATION

By Treasury Budget Division

FAQs regarding tax bills, payment options, late payments, delinquency, etc.

WHAT IS REAL PROPERTY?

Real property means land and improvements, all possessory rights and privileges appurtenant to the property, and includes personal property affixed to the land or improvements (AS 29.71.800).

WHEN SHOULD I EXPECT TO RECEIVE A BILL FOR REAL PROPERTY TAXES?

Real Property Tax Bills and Mortgage Notices are prepared and mailed by the Fairbanks North Star Borough, Treasury and Budget Division on or before July 1st of each year.

WHEN ARE REAL PROPERTY TAXES DUE?

You have an option of paying the taxes in full upon receipt of the tax bill on July 1st.  First half installment is due on the first business day in September.  Second half installment is due on the first business day in November.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I DO NOT RECEIVE A REAL PROPERTY TAX BILL OR IF I HAVE LOST MY BILL/NOTICE?

You can view your account information via the Property Database Search Pages or you can call the Treasury and Budget Division at (907) 459-1441.  For payments made after the due dates, please contact the Treasury and Budget Division at (907) 459-1441 for the correct amount. 

CAN I PAY MY REAL PROPERTY TAXES VIA INTERNET OR PHONE?

Yes, the Fairbanks North Star Borough offers electronic payment via credit card and e-check.  The Borough offers these forms of electronic payment options to provide additional choice and convenience to customers making payment on real property taxes.

     

Credit Card Payments:

The credit card payment option will charge the taxpayer a third party convenience fee of approximately 2.5% of the amount paid and will be available through the internet or by phone.  

If you wish to pay by credit card by phone, you will need to call 1-800-2pay-tax (1-800-272-9829) and enter Jurisdiction Code 1206 when prompted. 

​E-Check Payments:

​​E-check is also available through a third party and subject to a $1.50 convenience fee.  (Please note that E-checks are not an acceptable form of "guaranteed funds" for tax foreclosure properties).
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If using either one of these methods be sure you have your parcel account number(s) (PAN) and the amount you are paying available to complete the transaction.

Click here to make electronic payment via internet.

 

WHO DO I MAKE MY CHECK PAYABLE TO?  WHAT ADDRESS DO I USE?

Make checks, money orders, cashier checks or traveler's checks payable to: Fairbanks North Star Borough (FNSB), P.O. Box 71320, Fairbanks, Alaska 99707

Note: Please provide payment stub or parcel account number (PAN) when making payment to ensure payment is applied to the proper account.

 

WHAT ARE THE PENALTY AND INTEREST RATES IF I DO NOT PAY MY PROPERTY TAXES TIMELY?

If your property taxes are delinquent you will be charged up to a 5% penalty and an annual simple interest rate of 8% on the taxes due. If a delinquency continues beyond the normal collection period, your tax account could incur additional fees such as advertising fees, legal fees and administration costs.

 

WHAT IS THE LATEST TIME I CAN MAKE MY PAYMENT FOR REAL PROPERTY TAXES AND STILL BE CONSIDERED TIMELY?

Confirmation from web site dated by 11:45 P.M. AST on or before the due date. Envelope postmarked by the US Post Office by 11:59 P.M. on or before the due date. Cash register receipt/Treasury date stamp received in person by 5:00 P.M. on or before the due date. Note: If the due date falls on a weekend or holiday, the due date is the next business day. *Not applicable to 2013 Delinquent Taxes, see URGENT NOTICE.

 

WHAT CONSTITUTES A VALID RECEIPT FOR PAYMENT OF MY REAL PROPERTY TAXES?

The confirmation from the Official Payments Corporation web site if you paid by credit card, your cancelled check if you paid by mail or used the dropbox, the cash register receipt if you paid in person at the customer service counter.

 

IF AN APPEAL HAS BEEN FILED BUT IS NOT FINALIZED BY THE FIRST AND/OR SECOND HALF DUE DATE, DO THE TAXES HAVE TO BE PAID?

Real Property taxes are due and payable as billed even if you have filed an appeal on the assessed value of your property. A refund will be made, if appropriate, after resolution of your appeal.

 

CAN PAYMENTS BE MADE ON REAL PROPERTY TAXES AFTER THE DUE DATES?

Yes, payments may be made after the due date, however the amount will increase as additional interest, penalty or delinquent/foreclosure fees accrue.

 

CAN NEXT YEAR'S REAL PROPERTY TAXES BE PAID

Yes, but the exact amount will not be known until after the Borough Assembly has established the mill levy for that year.

 

IF MY TAXES ARE OVER PAID HOW DO I RECEIVE A REFUND?

Credit balances are automatically refunded for all real property tax account refunds. Process time will vary due to the volume of overpayments. If you would like your overpayment applied to the next year's taxes or to another tax account, you can fax a letter requesting the transfer to: (907) 459-1449 or send an email to fnsbtax@co.fairbanks.ak.us.

 

HOW DO I KNOW IF MY MORTGAGE COMPANY HAS RECEIVED THE TAX INFORMATION FOR MY ACCOUNT(S)?

Taxpayers who have arranged for their payments to be made through their mortgage company will receive a Tax Notice rather than a Tax Bill. It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure their mortgage company pays their taxes timely each year. Escrow contracts are between the property owner and the mortgage company.  The Borough is not responsible for ensuring your bank pays, however you may call our office or check on-line (the Property Database Search Pages) to see if your taxes have been paid.

 

HOW DO I CHANGE MY MAILING ADDRESS ON MY ACCOUNT(S)?

Address changes are processed by the Borough Assessor's Office at: 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. You can also call (907) 459-1429 or fax a request to (907) 459-1416.

 

HOW DO I APPLY FOR A SENIOR CITIZEN OR DISABLED VETERAN EXEMPTION?

Applications, procedures and guidelines are available in the Borough Assessor's Office at: 907 Terminal Street, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701. You may also call (907) 459-1429.

 

ARE REAL PROPERTY TAXES BILLED ON A CALENDAR YEAR OR SOME OTHER BASIS?

Real property taxes are billed on a calendar year basis (January - December).

 

WHAT IF YOU REFUSE TO PAY THE TAX LEVIED?

The Borough places a lien against your property for the amount of taxes owed. The lien includes any interest, penalties and administrative costs charged due to lack of payment.

WHAT IS A LIEN?

A lien is a judgment against the property that can be collected by foreclosure and sale of the property.

 

WHEN WILL MY PROPERTY BE FORECLOSED ON IF I AM DELINQUENT ON MY REAL PROPERTY TAXES?

Foreclosure properties will be either sold at public auction or retained for a public purpose. For more information on the tax foreclosure process, tax liens and tax-deeded property, visit Tax Foreclosure Information or contact Tax Foreclosure in the Treasury and Budget Division at (907) 459-1240.

 

HOW WILL MY ACCOUNT BE AFFECTED IF MY CHECK DOES NOT CLEAR MY BANK?

Payment will be reversed off of the account back to the effective date of the payment. The tax billing system will automatically apply any penalty, interest and costs as if the payment was never made. An additional $30.00 will be added for returned check fee.

 

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I RECENTLY SOLD MY PROPERTY, BUT I AM STILL GETTING THE TAX BILL?

Contact the Borough Assessors' Office at (907) 459-1429 for all ownership and address changes.

 

WHY SHOULD I PAY PENALTY AND INTEREST ON A LATE PAYMENT WHEN I NEVER RECEIVED BY TAX BILL?

It is the property owner's responsibility to ensure their taxes are paid timely each year. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the taxpayer of responsibility for timely payment or constitute cause for cancellation.

 

WHO DO YOU ASK FOR MORE INFORMATION?

For additional Assessing information call 907-459-1428. For additional Tax information call 907-459-1441. Questions unable to be answered by local officials may be directed to the Department of Community & Economic Development, Office of the State Assessor at the following address: State Assessor DCED/DCBD 550 W 7th Ave Ste 1790 Anchorage AK 99501-3510 (907) 269-4605

​CHECKLIST

1.Have you completely read and understood the information provided in the Tax Foreclosure books (see the FNSB Treasury-Budget Division – 907 Terminal Street, 1st Floor, Borough Administrative Building, Fairbanks, Alaska).

2.Have you personally inspected the property? Is the parcel suitable for your anticipated use?

3.Have you considered what to do with properties that are occupied, i.e. enter into a landlord-tenant agreement or evict? Are you familiar with the eviction process – reference Alaska Landlord Tenant Act guidelines?

4.Does the parcel have debris or abandoned vehicles that you wish to remove?   If so, have you researched disposal methods, i.e. FNSB Landfill: (907) 459-1482 or Department of Motor Vehicles: (907) 452-1151

5.Are there any easements or other encumbrances on the parcel?

6.Does the zoning of the parcel allow the use you anticipate for it? Is the parcel in a flood zone? Are there use restrictions (covenants) for the parcel in which you are interested? The Department of Community Planning can answer these questions for you. Call them at (907) 459-1260 for more information.

7.Does the parcel have adequate access year around for your vehicle? What provisions will be necessary for a driveway?

8.s the parcel affected by wetlands? Contact the U.S. Army Corps  of Engineers at (907) 474-2166 for information regarding wetlands.

9.Is there possible contamination or has there been illegal activity on the property you wish to bid on?  If so, have you checked with the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation or other professionals, i.e. local law enforcement agencies in this area, so that you fully understand all of the possible expectations and obligations that could be associated with the property? NOTE: THE BOROUGH IS NOT A PARTY TO ANY AGREEMENT MADE BETWEEN YOU AND ADEC OR ANY OTHER AGENCY.