Sandy P. Callahan
201 South Main Street
PO Drawer 357
Graham, NC 27253
The City of Graham collects all real and personal property taxes for properties located within the corporate limits of Graham. Taxes are calculated at a rate of $.44 cents per $100.00 of valuation. Residents within the corporate limits must pay both City and Alamance County taxes on their property. County taxes are billed and collected separately from City taxes. For questions on Alamance County bills, please contact their tax office at (336) 570-4103. Questions regarding Motor Vehicle Taxes should also be directed to the Alamance County tax office. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding City of Graham taxes.
In addition to billing and collection of property taxes, the City of Graham tax office issues privilege licenses, also referred to as a business license, levied on those conducting a particular business within the city. Privilege license fees vary depending on the type of business being carried out. To obtain specific information on these fees, please contact our Office at (336) 570-6700. Below are some frequently asked questions regarding privilege licenses.
The City of Graham Tax Office is open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm. We are located at 201 S. Main St., Graham, NC 27253. You may contact our office at (336)570-6700.
Where do I pay Vehicle Taxes?
All vehicle taxes are now billed and collected with your annual vehicle registration through the North Carolina Tag and Tax Together program.
When are property taxes due?
Taxes are due September 1, with a 2% discount if paid by August 31. Taxes become delinquent after January 5, with a 2% penalty added on January 6. Interest will accrue at a rate of ¾% until taxes are paid in full every month thereafter.
Will my mortgage company receive a copy of my bill?
No, the City of Graham sends one tax bill and it is sent to the property owner. It is the property owner’s obligation to ensure the timely payment of taxes. Therefore, if funds are held in escrow to pay this bill, please forward the bill to the appropriate mortgage holder.
How can I pay my bill?
The City of Graham will accept payment in the form of cash, single-party check, credit/debit card or money order. Payments may be made in person at the City Hall during normal business hours, or by mail. A payment drop box is located just inside the main entrance to City Hall, 201 South Main Street. Payments placed in the drop box after 5 p.m. will be considered next-day payments.
Can I make payments toward my tax bill?
The City of Graham will be glad to work out a payment plan for you, but you must contact the Tax Collector to work out an agreement that will get your taxes paid in full before they become delinquent.
Can I pay my taxes early?
The City of Graham does accept pre-payments in any amount before the bills are processed. If you would like to pay your taxes in full we will base the current tax amount on the value provided by Alamance County or on your prior year tax bill.
What happens if I fail to pay my taxes?
Unpaid taxes are delinquent on January 6 of each year. At that time the tax office can begin enforcement measures which can include, but are not limited to, attachment of wages and bank accounts, levy on personal property, attachment to State Income Tax Refunds, and foreclosure.
Privilege License FAQ’s
What is a privilege License?
The privilege license tax is an excise tax, levied on the privilege of conducting a particular business in the City. A business that is inside the City may have to pay a tax to both the City and the County. The City levies the tax by adopting an ordinance that contains both administrative provisions and tax rates varied for each type of business. To obtain information on these tax rates, please contact the Tax Office at (336) 570-6700.
When are privilege license taxes due?
Privilege License taxes are due on July 1. A penalty is added to all unpaid licenses on August 1 of current year.
When are beer and wine license taxes due?
The beer and wine tax operates on a fiscal year beginning May 1 of current year until April 30 of following year. Beer and Wine taxes are due on May 1. A penalty is added to all unpaid licenses on June 1 of current year.
What happens if I fail to pay my privilege license taxes?
G.S. 105-109 provides that if a person does not renew such a tax, that person “shall pay” an additional tax of 5% of the basic tax, for each month that payment is late up to a maximum of five consecutive months. Elevated enforcement action may be taken as needed.
Are licenses transferable?
All Licenses shall be Non-Transferable. If ownership, location, business name, or business type change, a new license will be required at the time of change and will be valid only until that taxing year expires on June 30.
Can I get a duplicate license?
A request for a duplicate license in the event that the original has been lost or misplaced shall require a Duplicate License Fee of $5.00.