Prepayment Plan Frequently Asked Questions
When making a prepayment, will I receive a receipt for each of my
If you would like a receipt, please complete the
information on the Prepayment Plan Sign-Up page.
I make a prepayment?
There are many payment methods:
- Check payments may be mailed to the DuPage County Treasurer’s Office at
421 N. County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.
- Cash, check, credit card
and debit card payments may be made in person at the DuPage County Treasurer’s
- Online payments may be made through your bank’s online bill
What credit cards are accepted for
MasterCard, Visa and Discover. The credit card
processor does add a convenience fee of 2.10%. No amount of that fee is retained
by DuPage County.
May I make a prepayment at any bank that would
accept a tax payment?
No, all forms of prepayments will
be accepted only at the DuPage County Treasurer’s Office at 421 N. County Farm
Road, Wheaton, IL 60187.
How many prepayments may I
You may send or make as many prepayments as you need to
ensure the total tax amount of each installment is paid on time and for the full
How much should I send?
goal is to pay enough to cover each installment amount, we suggest adding 5% to
the total of last year's amount. Divide that amount by the number of payments
you want to make and send in that payment. After you receive the actual 2017 tax
bill, you may readjust your amount accordingly. The full amount of the tax owed
must be paid by each due date to avoid a late payment penalty charge.
If I want to send monthly or periodic prepayments, how can I
calculate how much each payment should be?
- The actual 2017
real estate tax amounts will not be available until April 31, 2018. You may, however,
estimate the amount by using a 5% increase of your prior year's tax as a guide.
Simply take that amount and divide it by the number of payments you wish to
- Formula . . . Multiply your 2016 tax by 1.05 to determine an
estimate of your 2017 tax. Decide on how many payments you would like to make
and divide the 2017 estimate by that number. This will determine your monthly
- For example . . . if your 2016 tax was $4,000, multiply that
by 1.05 to get an estimate of $4,200 for the 2017 tax. If you plan on sending a
monthly payment from December to August (a total of 9 months), divide $4,200 by
9 to determine a monthly payment of $467.
- Another example . . . You
would like to make 4 payments between December and August. Divide the $4,200
estimate by 4 to determine a periodic payment of $1,050.
May I prepay an entire installment or both installments at one
Yes, if that is more convenient.
happens if I cannot make additional payments?
prepayment plan was established to help you save for your next tax payment.
May I send in prepayments in different amounts?
you control the amounts sent and when.
If I need the money in my
prepayment plan for something else before taxes are billed/due, may I take the
No, once the money is deposited in your prepayment
plan it remains until the taxes are paid.
May I make prepayments
in person at the Treasurer’s Office?
Yes, payments may be made
in person at our office Monday through Friday, 8:00 am– 4:30 pm, or through the
mail if your payment option is to pay by check.
Where should I
send the prepayment?
DuPage County Treasurer
County Farm Rd
Wheaton IL 60187
Attn: Prepayment Program
If one of my prepayments is returned unfunded, how will the $25
return item fee be assessed to me?
$25.00 of your next payment
will be applied to the return item fee and the balance of the payment will be
applied toward your tax.
When taxes are billed, what happens if
I do not have enough money in my prepayment plan?
payments made after the due dates incur a state-imposed 1.5% monthly interest
late payment penalty on the unpaid balance.
- Continue to make your
payments. When there is enough to pay a full installment (plus interest and
penalties if applicable), that amount will be used to pay your taxes; a
statement showing your balance will be sent to you. If the balance in your
payment plan is not sufficient to satisfy a full installment, the funds will not
be applied to your taxes.
If there is a surplus in my
prepayment plan after the tax payment is applied, what happens to that
Once both installments (and applicable penalty charges)
have been paid, any overpayment will be refunded to you.
earn interest on the funds being held in my prepayment plan?