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Frequently asked questions from City & County of Denver

When are property taxes due in Denver, Colorado?

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Taxes are billed in arrears; taxes assessed are due and payable January 1st of the following year.  For example, 2017 taxes are assessed January 1, 2017, but are not due and payable until January 1, 2018.  Property tax statements are mailed once a year in January by the Denver Treasury Division.

 Taxes can be paid in a lump-sum payment or in two installments:  

  • If paid as a lump-sum, payment in full is due by April 30th
  • If paid in installments, the first half is due by the last day of February and the second half is due by June 15th

What happens if I'm late in paying my Denver property taxes?

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Once a payment is delinquent, interest accrues at the rate of 1% per month. 

The first half installment becomes delinquent on March 1st and the second half installment is due on June 15th. If the entire amount of tax due is paid at one time on or before April 30th, no delinquent interest will be charged on the first half installment.

How are my Denver property taxes calculated?

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Assessed Value x Mill Levy = Property Tax Due

To determine the tax due the Denver County Assessor first determines the ACTUAL value of your property.  Then, a percentage is applied to the actual value in order to arrive at the ASSESSED value of your property. 

  • Assessed value for residential property = 7.15% of actual value
  • Assessed value for commercial and business personal property = 29% of actual value

Your ASSESSED value is then multiplied by the current MILL LEVY to arrive at the property tax due.  Mill levies are set around December 15th each year by the various Denver taxing authorities such as the school district, city council, or special districts.

  • A mill = $1 for every $1,000 of assessed value

If the property is located within a special district, local maintenance district, or business improvement district additional taxes are levied upon the property.

Both my mortgage company and I paid my real estate property taxes. How can I get a refund?

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The first payment received is applied toward the real estate property tax balance.  If your payment is received after your mortgage company’s payment or you paid in excess of your balance, you can expect to receive your refund within six to eight weeks of Denver processing your payment.

What are the symptoms of COVID-19?

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The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, tiredness, and dry cough. Some patients may have aches and pains, nasal congestion, runny nose, sore throat or diarrhea. These symptoms are usually mild and begin gradually. Some people become infected but don’t develop any symptoms and don't feel unwell.

Most people (about 80%) recover from the disease without needing special treatment. Around 1 out of every 6 people who get COVID-19 becomes seriously ill and develops difficulty breathing. Older people, and those with underlying medical problems like high blood pressure, heart problems or diabetes, are more likely to develop serious illness.

People with fever, cough and difficulty breathing should seek medical attention.

Where can I find more information about all the cases in the US?

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You can find a detailed map with the spread of the cases here:

What should I do if I am sick?

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If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice.

You can read more about what the CDC recommends here:

Where can I access the summary of COVID-19 cases per county in Colorado State?

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You can find the list of cases being updated by the Department of Public Health & Environment here.

What is the eligibility to qualify for unemployment insurance benefits in Colorado?

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Employers throughout the state of Colorado fund unemployment benefits by paying premiums and reporting wages for employees that are in their employ. Unemployment benefits are paid out of this fund.

In order to qualify for benefits, you must:

  • Be unemployed through no fault of your own.
  • Be able, available, and actively seeking work.
  • Have earned $2,500 during your base period.

What type of license plate types are not eligible to renew online?

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Non-Eligible License Plate Types: 

  • 5-Year Collector
  • Apportioned Perm. Trailer
  • Apportioned Tractor
  • Apportioned Trailer
  • Apportioned Truck
  • Collector Ownership Tax
  • Colorado State Patrol
  • Dealer Demo
  • Dealer Demo Motorcycle
  • Dealer Full Use
  • Dealer Full Use Motorcycle
  • Dealer In Transit
  • Depot
  • Emergency Vehicle
  • GVW - Vehicles weighing greater than 55,000 pounds
  • GVW Tractor (TVW)
  • Government
  • Honorary Consul
  • Manufacturer
  • National Guard
  • Person with Disability Placard
  • State Issued Military Plates
  • Transporter
  • U.S. Congress
  • U.S. Senate

What is the voter registration deadline in Colorado?

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Colorado law allows you to register to vote through Election Day. But please note that how you register to vote impacts how you receive your ballot. In order to receive your ballot by mail:

  • Register to vote or update your voter registration online through the 8th day before Election day.
  • Submit an application through the mail, at a voter registration agency, or at a local driver’s license examination facility through the 8th day before Election Day.
  • Submit an application through a voter registration drive no later than 22 days before Election Day.

If you miss the above deadlines, you may appear in person at a voter service and polling center in your county through Election Day where you can register to vote and then vote in person or pick up a ballot.

Who is eligible to register to vote in Colorado?

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 You are eligible to register to vote if you:

  •  Are a United States citizen 
  • Are 16 years of age, but you must be 18 years of age or older on the date of the election at which you intend to vote 
  • Are a Colorado resident for at least 22 days immediately before the election at which you intend to vote 
  • Are not serving a sentence (including parole) for a felony conviction