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Office of the City Treasurer

DUE TO COVID-19, NO IN-PERSON PROPERTY

TAX PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED AT THE

OFFICE OF THE CITY TREASURER

 

PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY TO ASSURE YOU MAKE YOUR 2020 PROPERTY TAX BILL PAYMENT IN A TIMELY MANNER

 

OFFICE HOURS BY TELEPHONE OR E-MAIL ONLY

 

Telephone: 414-286-2240

E-Mail: ctreas@milwaukee.gov

Monday through Friday, 8:15 A.M. to 4:30 P.M.

Closed: December 24, 25, and 31, 2020

and January 1 and 18, 2021

TAX BILL PAYMENT OPTIONS

 

Pay by Mail via U.S Postal Service - Pay by check using the return remittance envelope included with your tax bill. NO CASH PAYMENTS

 

Use a Drop Box - Pay by check using the return remittance envelope included with your tax bill. NO CASH PAYMENTS

 

Drop Box Available 24 hours a day, all year round:

Inside City Hall Market Street Entrance

Drop Box Available when the Building is Open, all year round:

• Broadway Entrance to Municipal Building

 

Pay by Phone or Online - Call the Customer Services Division at 414-286-2240 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/treasurer to pay by credit or debit card with a 2.75% convenience fee or ACH debit checking or savings with no convenience fee.

 

To have your property tax account paid in full electronically prior to year-end, so it qualifies as an income tax deduction, you must authorize the payment transaction before 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, December 31, 2020.

 

This office will mail you a tax payment receipt within ten days of payment processing in December and January. If a refund is due, a refund check will be mailed to you within thirty days of payment processing in December and January.

INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN

 

The City of Milwaukee offers a ten-month, interest free property tax installment payment plan option to those who are unable to pay their bill in full. To qualify, your real estate tax bill must be more than $100 and you must make your first installment payment by January 31, 2021.

 

To enroll in the Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Program please call the Customer Services Division at 414-286-2240 or visit www.milwaukee.gov/treasurer/eft.

Name and Address Changes

 

The ADDRESS CHANGE REQUEST that is on the back of the 2020 City of Milwaukee Combined Property Tax Payment Coupon is used only for mailing out tax payment receipts, tax refund checks, installment tax bills, and delinquent tax bills through November 2021.

 

Any permanent change in ownership or name must be recorded with the Milwaukee County Register of Deeds. Any permanent change in owners’ mailing addresses must also be reported to and recorded with the City Assessor at City Hall, Room 507. Note, too, that the address change form is also available on the Office of the City Treasurer’s web site at: https://city.milwaukee.gov/Address#

 

If you are a new owner and the previous owner’s name is still on the tax bill, make sure you check off the change of address box on the front of the payment coupon, and complete the change of name and address section on the back side of the payment coupon, or the refund check will be sent to the previous owner.

Special Charges and Assessments

 

Outstanding special charges or assessments that have not been paid by mid-November may be added to your property tax bill and then must be collected as a tax as provided by Wisconsin State Statutes. Such special charges and assessments cannot be appealed, nor negotiated or compromised.

 

If you have any questions regarding a special charge or assessment added to your 2020 property tax bill, you should contact the department that is responsible for adding the special to the tax bill. Here is the contact list.

 

Using Your Bank’s Auto-Pay System

 

If you decide to use your bank’s auto-pay system, please note that the monthly installments are not the same amount every month. The January installment due is usually less than the amounts due from February through July and the amounts due from August through October are less than those due from February through July. The first time an installment payment is either missed or paid short, you can be reinstated to the plan by paying 1% interest on the missed installment or the amount that was paid short, along with the next month’s installment due. However, if you miss an installment for the second time or pay short a second time, regardless of the amount, your account will go tax delinquent and interest and penalty will be assessed back to the first of February, in accordance with Wisconsin State Statutes and Milwaukee Ordinances.

 

Taxpayers are strongly encouraged to enroll in the City Treasurer’s Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan to assure monthly installments due are made in the correct amount and on time.

 

Online Tax Bill / Paying Tax Bill Online / Tax Account Information / Special Improvement Bonds through Munis Self-Service Tax Information

To access property tax record information online, go to the Tax Records tab on the City Treasurer’s home page or Quick Links list in the right hand margin and select Munis Self-Service Tax Information.

On the Milwaukee Self Service Welcome! page, select Online Tax Inquiry on the right margin. On the Welcome to Online Tax Inquiry page, select either Personal Property (applies to equipment used by a business) or Real Estate (homeowners need to select Real Estate) or Special Improvements (for Special Improvement Bonds).

On the Real Estate page, enter your tax key / account number in the Parcel ID field. Note that the format of the tax key / account number has changed, as the check digit has been dropped and no hyphens are needed (i.e.: 3921261000). As an alternative, you can enter in the House Number and the Street Name including the street direction and type (200 E WELLS ST). Hit enter or click on the Search button.

On the Personal Property page, enter your tax key / account number in the Property Code field. Note that the format of the tax key / account number has changed, as no hyphens are needed (i.e.: 99999999). As an alternative, you can enter in the House Number and the Street Name including the street direction and type (200 E WELLS ST). Hit enter or click on the Search button.

On the Search Results screen, select View Bill for the tax levy year you want to review. After selecting a particular tax levy year, you can return to Search Results page to view another tax levy year by selecting Search Results in the right hand margin.

For 2019, you can access a PDF Copy of the Tax Bill by selecting View Bill Image. You can download the PDF or print it out. Do note that the 2019 tax bill is legal size, 8 ½” x 14”.

To make a Property Tax Payment Online, select the Resources Menu icon , which is the third icon from the right in the blue bar at the top of the page, and select PAY ONLINE. It is recommended that you copy and paste the tax key / account number on to the Make a Payment page at US Bank to assure accurate payment application. E-Check transactions (an ACH debit to your checking or savings account) incur no convenience fee. VISA™ and MasterCard™ Credit and Debit Card transaction incur a convenience fee of 2.75%. Tax payments made on-line are applied to the current tax levy.

To access a Property Tax Report, also known as a Tax Search, on the Real Estate page, enter your tax key / account number in the Parcel ID field. Note that the format of the tax key / account number has changed, as the check digit has been dropped and no hyphens are needed (i.e.: 3921261000). As an alternative, you can enter in the House Number and the Street Name including the street direction and type (200 E WELLS ST). Hit enter or click on the Search button.

On the Search Results screen, select View Bill for any of the tax levy years shown. On the Real Estate screen that appears next, select Property Tax Report located on the right margin. On the City of Milwaukee Property Tax Search screen, select the Print Page button to print out a PDF of the tax search.

On the Special Improvements page, enter your tax key / account number in the Parcel ID field. Note that the format of the tax key / account number has changed, as the check digit has been dropped and no hyphens are needed (i.e.: 3921261000). As an alternative, you can enter in the House Number and the Street Name including the street direction and type (200 E WELLS ST). Hit enter or click on the Search button.

On the Search Results screen, select the Account Number listed to view the Account Summary. On the Account Summary page, you may select Assessment Details to view the original amount, the interest rate, the unbilled balance, and the payoff amount. You may also select Manage Bills to get the total due by an “as of” date of your choosing. On the Manage Bills page, you may select Bill Details for billing detail. On the Bill Detail page, you may select Payments and adjustments to view payment activity.

Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) for Property Tax Installment Payment Plan

Watch as Milwaukee's historian John Gurda shows you how to make your tax payment electronically.

City of Milwaukee Treasurer Spencer Coggs 

Spencer Coggs, Treasurer


 About Us


 414-286-2240


 414-286-3186


 ctreas@milwaukee.gov


 City Hall, 200 E. Wells Street, Room 103, Milwaukee, WI 53202 


 Monday - Friday, 8:15 AM - 4:30 PM  By phone or e-mail only


Closed

  • Thanksgiving Holiday
    Thursday, November 26, 2020
    Friday, November 27, 2020
     
  • Christmas Holiday
    Thursday, December 24, 2020
    Friday, December 25, 2020

  • New Year's Eve Holiday
    Thursday, December 31, 2020

  • New Year's Day Holiday
    Friday, January 1, 2021

Whenever the City of Milwaukee Mayor declares a severe weather emergency, be advised that the Office of the City Treasurer will be closed.


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