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Frequently Asked Questions in Real Estate

Frequently Asked Questions in Real Estate and Personal Property Taxes

When are real estate taxes due?

Real Estate Taxes are due December 31st of each year. The first half is delinquent May 1st and the second half is delinquent September 1st.

What happens if I don't pay my taxes on time?

When taxes are not paid before the delinquent date, interest at 14% begins accruing. Each year’s unpaid tax must be paid before the next year’s tax can be paid.

What does it mean when someone buys my unpaid taxes?
Nebraska statutes say that property becomes subject to sale if it has delinquent property taxes due upon it after the first Monday in March.

To ensure that there are a maximum number of purchasers at the public sale, a list of all property subject to sale shall be publicized in a newspaper located in the county for three consecutive weeks.

The tax sale is held in a lottery style fashion with no restrictions upon the purchaser except they be of legal age.

The purchaser is issued a tax sale certificate which shall include property description, sum paid, redemption date, and shall be signed by the County Treasurer. Each certificate shall cost $20.00 to the purchaser in addition to the delinquent tax.
Can I lose my property when the taxes are purchased?

Purchase of delinquent taxes do not automatically strip the property owner of ownership. However, if the unpaid tax is not redeemed, a Treasurer’s Deed may be issued to the purchaser.

How do I redeem my tax?

In order for the taxpayer (or interested party) to redeem their tax they must present a certified check to the Dawson County Treasurer payable to the purchaser for the tax, interest and costs. Taxes may be redeemed any time prior to the issue of a Treasurer’s Deed.

When can a Treasurer's Deed be issued?

A Treasurer’s Deed may not be applied for until three years have passed from the date of sale, but not more than six months after these three years have elapsed.

What are personal property taxes?

Personal property taxes are assessed to businesses and for farm equipment. They are due the same time as real estate taxes.

What happens if I don't pay personal property taxes on time?

The Treasurer is required to send a notice twenty days before a Distress Warrant is issued to the Sheriff for collection. The Sheriff then has the authority to collect those taxes by confiscating any tangible property and holding a public auction to recover unpaid taxes.

What are Property taxes?
There are two kinds of property taxes: Real Property Taxes are based on real estate; for example land, buildings, houses. Personal Property Taxes are based on business equipment; for example machinery, computers and vehicles.

If you have any questions regarding real estate taxes, please feel free to contact our office at (308) 324-3241, email Kaitlyn at, or consult your personal attorney.