Payment Plans & Prepayments

Get information on making installment payments and payment plans. Find out about prepaying property taxes.

Installment Payments

Upon receiving your property tax bill, you may elect to make installment payments. Payments may be made in any amount and at any interval provided the taxes are paid in full before becoming delinquent. Prior approval from the Department of Tax Administration is not required to make installment payments on current bills. A statement reflecting the account balance will be mailed after each payment. Installment payments may be made using any of the available payment options.

Formal Payment Plans

If you are not certain you will be able to pay your entire balance in full before the account becomes delinquent, call our office immediately upon receiving your tax bill and our staff will work with you to arrange a short-term payment plan. 

To set up the payment plan, you will be asked to provide contact information along with your employer and banking information.  If you delay in establishing a payment plan, the terms available to you may be limited.

By keeping your payment plan current, your account will not be subject to enforced debt collection; however, payment plans do not prevent real estate from being advertised in the local newspaper should any portion of the bill be delinquent at the time the advertisement is made.

Prepaying Property Taxes

The Wake County Department of Tax Administration accepts advance payment for real estate, business, and personal property taxes for the next unbilled fiscal year. Prepayments are not accepted beyond that period.

Payments may be remitted in any dollar amount up to the total of estimated taxes for the next billing. To determine an estimate, you may use the amount shown on your most recent property tax bill or call our office at 919-856-5400.  

Prepayments can be remitted by mail, in person or by using your online banking bill pay service. To ensure the payment is applied correctly, please be certain to indicate the funds are to be applied as a prepayment and note the tax year for the remittance.

Property tax prepayments may not be paid by debit card, credit card or checking account draft.

All prepayments are applied to accounts before the annual tax bills are mailed in July. View additional details on the available payment options.