Time Line Based on Calendar Year 2018
January: Lien warning notices are mailed out for delinquent 2017 real estate tax accounts.
February: Final notices of foreclosure are mailed out for delinquent 2016 real estate tax accounts.
March: Liens are recorded prior to March 15 for delinquent 2017 real estate tax accounts. Liens for unpaid 2016 taxes mature March 30 and the state takes title to property.
April: April 1, State of Maine assessment date. Property is assessed and taxed based on its ownership and status on this date. Inventory forms/status reports are mailed as authorized by 36 M.R.S. section 706.
May: 2018 inventory forms/status reports are processed.
June: Real estate accounts are prepared for commitment.
July - October: 90 days after the Legislature adjourns, tax acquired property can be redeemed by the prior owner.
August: 2018 tax bills for real estate and personal property are mailed. Payment is due upon receipt.
September: Inventory forms/status reports are mailed to Canadian owners of personal property used in the unorganized territory.
October: After October 1st, interest on 2018 real estate and personal property taxes begin to accrue at 7% annually.
November: Bills for taxes on personal property used in the unorganized territory and owned by Canadian residents are mailed.
December: The list of property that the state has acquired through delinquent 2015 tax liens and available for public bids is released.