How And Where Do I Make My Prop. Tax Payment For Vallarta Or Riviera Nayarit?

This handy how-to article will help you in the process of paying your taxes for your property located in the greater Banderas Bay’s municipalities of Puerto Vallarta and Bahia de Banderas (including all Riviera Nayarit towns from Nuevo Vallarta to Lo de Marcos).

Taxes on real property are collected annually for the fiscal year of January through December. The process is similar for homeowners in both municipalities. Rates are generally not published until the second business week of January and can be seen on-line at the convenient links provided below.

If paid between January and March, both municipalities traditionally offer discounts from 15% to 5%—the earlier the greater. No discount is extended on partial year payments. Unpaid balances will be subject to interest and penalties.

If you are not in Mexico to make the payment, you can have your property manager do so for you in person or you can make the payment on-line using a credit card.

The benefit of making the payment directly at the offices is that the official receipt is issued there with the full property identification on it, handy for next year’s reference and is the best official record. The on-line receipt does not carry that information and is strictly a banking transaction record.

Whether you elect to pay on-line or in person, the official Website links below are the source for your quote.



In person: The most convenient location is at the original City Hall (Presidencia) at Independencia #123 (on the malecón across from the ‘Arcos’). Online: click HERE.


In person: The most convenient location for most is the land registry office (Catastro) of Bucerias at Pacifico #17 (one block off the main square at the intersection of Av. Pacifico waterfront road). Taxes can be paid there for properties located in any of the towns of the municipality. Mobile or temporary locations may be set up in smaller towns at the beginning of the year. Credit cards and cash accepted at the offices. Online: click HERE


Enter the link above. Type in your property tax account number from a past tax receipt where it says ‘Cuenta’ and click ‘Buscar’ or ‘Realizar Consulta’ (Search). For Vallarta you must also enter U (for urban) or R (for rustic) as found in the box ‘TP’ on your old receipt. Bahia de Banderas numbers already have a U or R as a prefix to the number. Note, your name does not appear on the account but the trust bank name does, so don’t let that confuse you.

The amount you owe will appear. If it happens that there is no rate yet shown for the current year, it is likely in the process of updating by the authorities. Simply recheck it at intervals.

Make sure to keep the payment receipt safely in your records.

For questions on this topic or other real estate matters, please contact your Timothy Real Estate Group agent.

Article by Victoria Pratt, Sales Associate and Bucerias Office Manager, Timothy Real Estate Group

Timothy Real Estate Group is a locally-owned and operated real estate brokerage with a strategic location in the Romantic Zone of Puerto Vallarta in the Colonia Emiliano Zapata. Because the Puerto Vallarta area has varying neighborhood personalities, we practice localized real estate. We believe neighborhood knowledge is a top factor in solid sales, and we know our communities well.

We enable our clients to realize their vision for the future.  We understand and plan for their concerns and are dedicated to transforming those concerns to peace of mind and joy.

Our philosophy of transparency, integrity, and professionalism imbues our culture with a tangible sense of purpose and results in the length and depth of the quality relationships we enjoy.  We believe buying or selling a home is first and foremost about people. Of course we have the latest technology, marketing tools, statistics and research, but a successful real estate transaction really comes down to people. Connecting the right buyers to sellers or investors our professional agents structure solid transactions with successful solid outcomes.  We believe in collaboration by connecting people in ways that bring satisfaction and success.

When you combine extensive local knowledge and our long standing reputation for honesty and sound judgment, you have an unbeatable resource at your disposal.  You have Timothy Real Estate Group, a constant leader in Puerto Vallarta real estate.

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