In the spring of 2008, the Board of County Commissioners merged the Tax Collector’s and the Tax Assessor’s Offices to form the Stanly County Tax Administration Department.

The Stanly County Tax Administration Department is comprised of four divisions:

The Real Property Division appraises and assesses all real property in the county at its fair market value as of the effective date of the most recent reappraisal.
 
The Personal Property Division is responsible for the listing, valuing, and auditing of personal property as well as business personal property.  They also prepare the annual tax bills and the monthly vehicle bills.
 

The Tax Collector's Division, as mandated by the North Carolina General Statutes, is responsible for collecting annual property tax bills on real estate, mobile homes, boats, business personal property, aircraft and other properties, in addition to any other fees or assessments as charged by the governing body. Also, the Collector's Office is responsible for the collection of taxes that are levied by all of the municipalities, fire districts, and special districts in Stanly County. These bills are mailed in July with a discount of 1% available for those paying prior to September 1. The deadline for paying these taxes is January 5th of the next year. Beginning January 6th, these taxes are considered delinquent and accrue interest at a rate of 2% for the month of January, plus ¾ % each month thereafter.

Beginning September 2013, registered motor vehicles will be taxed under the "Tax and Tag Together" program.  With this streamlined method, annual registration fees and vehicle property taxes will be paid to the Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV).  In turn, the DMV will distribute the taxes to the county.  Please refer to the Stanly County public website (www.stanlycountync.gov) for more information regarding Motor Vehicle Taxation. 
 
Delinquent taxes are subject to collection action as authorized by the North Carolina General Statutes. These actions may include garnishment of wages, attachment of bank accounts, Debt Setoff of delinquent tax bills from individual North Carolina tax returns and lottery winnings, levy (seizure) of personal property, and foreclosure of real estate.
 
The Mapping/Land Records Division is responsible for maintaining accurate, up-to-date mapping of all properties and providing this information to citizens as well as other agencies, departments and branches of government.

The Mapping Office is responsible for maintaining the Stanly County property base map and real property ownership data.  The property base maps are maintained using 2010 color digital orthophotos. Ownership information includes property boundaries, road names, right-of-ways, acreages, lot dimensions, district boundaries and is all based on deeds and plats recorded with the Register of Deeds Office.
The Stanly County Geographic Information System (GIS), using ESRI's “ArcMap 9.2” software, houses all other support information for the county’s Planning, Inspections and Revaluation departments.  The identification of property and other related information can be accessed online by using the following link http://www.stanlygis.net/.

There are two ways of researching real estate information:

    * Online by using the GIS link
    * Our departmental public access terminals

All land related activity that changes a parcel comes through the Mapping/Land Records Department for verification. This includes new subdivisions, property sales, road changes and estate files. There are currently 39,000+ parcels and ten municipalities in Stanly County covering an area of 395 square miles or approximately 252,800 acres.