Property Tax Payment Tips January

As the end of January 2016 approaches taxpayers are concerned about getting their taxes paid in time to avoid Penalties and Interest that accumulate when taxes become delinquent. Generally, property taxes become delinquent if not paid before February 1.  However, because January 31 falls on a weekend, the delinquency date is postponed to the next business day or February 1.  Therefore the date 2015 property taxes become delinquent is February 2, 2016.  Many taxpayers choose to wait until the last day to pay their tax.  Please understand that we are working out of a temporary facility that offers limited space while our building is undergoing renovation.  People that choose to pay in person during the last week of January should plan on arriving early and may experience long wait times and may possibly experience the weather first hand.  The alternative to this is quite simple.  Mail the tax payment.  If the property tax payment is deposited in the mail on January 29, 2016 and it is postmarked, the payment will be processed and posted to the account on the date indicated by the postmark.  So even if we do not receive it until February 5th, the payment will be posted to the account on the date indicated by the postmark, in this example, on January 29, 2016.  If the taxpayer would like a receipt, just include a self-addressed, postage paid envelope and we will send the receipt.  Taxpayers can also make payments online at our website by using a credit card.  There is a 2.5% convenience fee charged for this service by our vendor.  The next Property Tax Tips will deal with Delinquency options and Processes.