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Publishing list of delinquent property tax owners pays off

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 by Ken Quintanilla

Guam - If you've been delinquent on your real property taxes dating back two years now and haven't made arrangements with Rev & Tax, some news you need to know as DRT will begin to deed or auction the property starting next month.

Director John Camacho says its no secret they've been trying to collect delinquent payments on real property taxes. In fact a list was published these past two years along with a 90-day notice. "And put a date there that says if you don't come in and take care of your taxes, pay off your taxes or work with Department of Revenue & Taxation that these properties are going to be deeded to the Government of Guam by law," he said.

The matter was brought up during Wednesday's oversite hearing with DRT and the Guam Legislature. Some lawmakers raised concern about proper notification and procedures in place after the property have been deeded to the government. Camacho says those procedures are being reviewed by the Attorney General's Office.

He said, "So hopefully we'll be getting an updated procedure in what people are looking at the auctioning of properties or having the property offered to adjacent lot owners at fair market value."

Camacho says since publishing the delinquent list several tax payers have actually come in to make arrangements or fully pay off their debt - truly evident by its receivables decreasing from $3.7 million to $1.5 million. "It's all different properties it could be residential, it could be commercial, industrial, it could be a motel so if somebody is not paying their property taxes on these properties, we're going to look into it," he said.

The delinquent real property taxes for 2012 or prior were due on July 5, but Camacho still encourages those on that list to make some effort. "For the people who are still in delinquent, there's nothing wrong with them still coming in and paying their delinquent tax we've been doing it for so many years," he said.

He adds if all the payments are made, DRT will cancel the deed and revert the property back to the property owners. "The bottom line really is we're protecting the government interests," he said.

Governor Eddie Calvo meanwhile on his Facebook page, says the administration has absolutely no intention of seizing personal property of our residents for delinquent taxes. He says all you need, if you owe, is a payment plan with DRT - even if its just $10 a month. He says they are looking more at abandoned properties with derelict buildings where the owner is some company that's no longer on Guam. You can visit the Real Property Division at Rev & Tax to make a payment or go to Guamtax.com
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