2021 Tax Notices Sent to Homeowners with Payment Due May 31, 2022 – Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office

Sheriff Craig Webre announced that the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office has issued tax notices to property owners in Lafourche Parish. This notice is the 2021 tax bill which is normally sent out in the fourth quarter of the year but was delayed due to Hurricane Ida. Payments can be made online, over the phone, by mail or in person. All 2021 property tax payments are due in full by May 31, 2022.

A total of 42,388 tax notices have been sent to property owners and $89,655,190.93 is now due. These taxes help fund all aspects of public service in the parish such as roads, drainage, levees, law enforcement, fire, hospitals, ambulance services, schools and recreation. An additional 29,301 properties are exempt from family ownership and no tax is due. An increase in tax assessments is due to the addition of property tax collection for the Town of Golden Meadow.

Payments can be made online, by mail, over the phone or in person. Sheriff Webre strongly encourages payment online or by mail to avoid wait times.

A QR code appears on all tax notices that can be scanned using a smartphone camera to access the online tax payment site: LPSO.net/PayMyTaxes. Payments can be made over the phone by calling (985) 449-4430 and selecting option 1 for the payment center. Payments can also be mailed using the envelope provided which will be sent to an out-of-state processing center for faster processing addressed to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office, PO Box 669227, Dallas, TX75266-9227. Taxes can be paid in person by check, money order, or cash at the LPSO Administrative Office (200 Canal Boulevard, Thibodaux) and Lafourche South Substation (102 West 91st Street, Cut Off).

All unpaid taxes become overdue on June 1, 2022. Per state law, overdue taxes earn interest at a rate of 1% per month until paid and will be subject to additional costs associated with tax sale. If the property is sold at the tax sale, the owner will need to reapply for the homestead exemption to the assessor’s office. Property sold at the tax sale may be redeemed for up to three years from the date the property was sold, but according to state law a 5% penalty will apply, as well as a 1% monthly interest rate. Additionally, all costs associated with the outstanding tax process must be paid. The owner must contact the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office to redeem the property.

Any unpaid movable property/inventory tax may result in seizure and auction of the property in question.

The current owner is responsible for all taxes due. Anyone who purchased a property in 2021 may not receive a tax bill as it was sent to the previous owner. Homeowners with mortgages should check with their mortgage company before making a payment, as these companies typically collect escrow and pay property taxes on behalf of the homeowner. Please check if your mortgage company will make your tax payment before making a separate payment directly to the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Beginning in January, the Lafourche Parish Assessor’s Office sent a letter to homeowners with an estimate of their taxes owed. This was due to a mandatory reassessment after Hurricane Ida. Questions regarding property assessment or ownership should be directed to the Lafourche Parish Assessor’s Office at (985) 447-7242.

Beginning this year, tax notices will also include any money owed as a result of a lien placed on the property by the Lafourche Parish government. This could be the result of grass cutting, demolition or other work carried out on the property by the Lafourche Parish Government or its contractors. Questions about these fees should be directed to the Lafourche Parish Government by calling (985) 532-6229.

For more information on paying taxes, owners may contact the tax section of the Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office at (985) 449-4430 or visit LPSO.net/PayMyTaxes where you can view the amount due, print a receipt, or make a payment.

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Elaine R. Knight