Champaign County Treasurer
Daniel J. Welch

Payment Options

Advance Payments Return to top

Advance real estate tax payments are accepted each year from December 1 through December 31 only. A December 31 postmark will be accepted as on-time.

Payments may be made in the following manner:

  • Minimum - 50% of the previous years total
  • Maximum - 10% over the previous years total
  • New Construction will be allowed to estimate accordingly

Any outstanding balance will be due by the second installment due date.

If your advance payment results in an overpayment, a refund check will be issued to you.

Taxpayers are required to fill out an Advance Payment Form and return it each year. After your first year of participation in this program the form will be sent to you.

Automatic Payments - Payment of Real Estate Taxes Using Automatic Withdrawal from a Bank Account Return to top

Real estate tax payments can be automatically withdrawn from a bank account. To participate in this payment option, please complete this application form.

If after signing up for the Automatic Payment system you choose to make a payment on your own you will be removed from the system and you will need to reapply the next tax season.

Please send the completed form to:

  • Champaign County Treasurer
  • Brookens Administrative Center
  • 1776 E. Washington
  • Urbana, Illinois 61802-4581

The form must be received at least 10 days prior to the installment due dates.

Bank Payments Return to top

Many of the banks listed below have multiple branches or facilities in Champaign County. Contact the individual bank for further information.

In Person/Mail Payments Return to top

Tax payments are accepted in person at the Champaign County Treasurer's Office, 1776 E. Washington, Urbana, IL. Forms of payment accepted are

  • Cash
  • Personal/business checks (accepted through September 18, 2017)
  • Cashier's Check or Money Order
  • Credit Card - VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Discover accepted through October 17, 2017 (*processing fee required - see below)
  • Debit Card - accepted through October 17, 2017

Payments can also be mailed to the following address:

  • Champaign County Treasurer
  • P. O. Box 9
  • Urbana, IL 61803
Postmark is considered on-time for both installment due dates

A secure 24-hour drop box is also located in the south circle drive of the Brookens Center, 1776 E. Washington St., Urbana, IL

Late Payments Return to top

Current Real Estate Tax dates to be aware of:

All payments must be received in the office by stated dates

**Postmarks Do Not Apply**

September 18, 2017 (4:30 p.m.): Last day to pay with a personal/business check. Starting the next business day only money orders, cashiers check, cash, or credit/debit cards will be accepted. This is according to State of Illinois law.

Tentatively September 27, 2017 (12:00 p.m.): Cut-off for names to appear in the newspaper.

Tentatively anyone unpaid after 12:00 p.m. on September 27 will, by law, appear in their local newspaper. There will be No Exceptions and No Retractions .

The publication of names is a legal requirement of the State of Illinois and is intended as notification of unpaid taxes. The newspapers require 10 business days to prepare for publication of the delinquent list. The delinquent list must be published by October 9, 2017.

October 4, 2017: By law, a $10 cost is added to the amount due on each parcel to cover the cost of the certified notices and the publication of names.

October 19, 2017 (9:00 a.m.): Judgment will be taken in Courtroom D in the Courthouse in Urbana. This is a legal process of providing proof to a Judge that all of the legal requirements of notification have been performed according to the law. Once satisfied, the Judge then orders the unpaid taxes sold at the annual tax sale.

October 19, 2017 (4:30 pm): Last day to pay prior to the annual tax sale. Anything unpaid at 4:30 pm will be included in the annual tax sale.

October 20, 2017 (9:00 am): Annual Tax Sale in the Lyle Shields Meeting Room of the Brookens Administrative Center in Urbana. This is a legal process of selling taxes, not property.

How Interest is Calculated

First Installment Due Date June 1, 2017

  • If Paid On
  • Through
  • Interest
  • June 2
  • July 1
  • + 1.5%
  • July 2
  • August 1
  • + 3.0%
  • August 2
  • September 1
  • + 4.5%
  • September 2
  • October 4
  • + 6.0%
  • October 5
  • October 20
  • + 7.5%

Second Installment Due Date September 1, 2017

  • If Paid On
  • Through
  • Interest
  • September 2
  • October 4
  • + 1.5%
  • October 5
  • October 20
  • + 3.0% plus $10.00

Online/Telephone Payments Return to top

Bank Online Bill Pay

Champaign County Treasurer's Office is now recognized as an electronic payee. For residents making payment through their bank's online bill payment service please use "County Collector" as the payee name and enter only your twelve digit PIN as your account number.

Please allow 2-3 business days for the County to receive and post your payment

Internet Payments

Pay Taxes On-Line. Your PIN number is needed.
*(processing fee required - see below)
  • Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover (accepted through Midnight October 17, 2017)
  • Debit Card (accepted through Midnight October 17, 2017)
  • eCheck (accepted through September 18, 2017)

Pay by Phone

Toll free phone payments at 855-867-3731. Your PIN number is needed.
*(processing fee required - see below)

*Processing Fee Required:

  • Credit Cards: 2.25% plus $1.50 per transaction
  • Debit: 2.25% plus $1.50 per transaction
  • eChecks: $2.00

Paying under Protest Return to top

The laws regarding "Paying Under Protest" changed in 2003. The current statute can be found at 35 ILCS 200/23-10. The County Treasurer is no longer involved in any aspect of paying under protest. The guidelines outlined below are not comprehensive or all inclusive. We suggest you consult an attorney for your particular situation.

The following are general guidelines for paying your real estate taxes under protest:

  • You do not need to inform anyone that you are paying under protest. Just pay your taxes in full, including any late fees, no later than October 19, 2017.
  • You then file a Tax Objection, in triplicate, with the Champaign County Circuit Clerk within 75 days of the first penalty date for the second instalment of real estate taxes (November 16, 2017).
  • Once you have completed Numbers 1 and 2, 100% of your tax is considered "Paid Under Protest".
  • Please note: your payment is not held in escrow. It is distributed to the taxing districts as any other payment would be. No money is withheld from any taxing district while your case is pending.

Print a payment coupon Return to top

To print out a payment coupon enter your PIN # or Tax Bill Number in the appropriate field and press "Submit Query".

Banks cannot accept payment coupons printed from this page. In order to pay at a bank you must present a payment coupon printed by the Treasurer's Office (which has a MICR encoding line). Payment options (with payment coupons printed from this page) are listed below the second installment coupon.

Payment Coupon By PIN #:

(enter PIN and press Submit Query button)
*** No Dashes in Number***

Payment Coupon By Tax Bill Number:

(enter Bill No. and press Submit Query button)