Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan is reminding residents that the deadline for property tax payments is rapidly approaching.
Payments for 2012 property taxes are due by Jan. 31. A seven percent penalty and interest charge will be assessed beginning Feb. 1 on all unpaid 2012 tax bills.
Taxpayers that are unable to make their entire payment on time can avoid paying full penalties by making a partial payment by the January 31st deadline," Sullivan said.
Sullivan encouraged taxpayers to pay online at www.hctax.net by credit card, debit card and/or e-Check.
To accommodate taxpayers wanting to pay in person, all branches of The Harris County Tax Office will extend their hours until 6:00 p.m. Jan. 31. Additional staff will be present at all Harris County Tax Office branch locations to help accommodate the anticipated high volume of last-minute tax payments.
Tax bill payments may also be made by credit card, debit card and/or e-Check at any of the 15 Harris County Tax Office branches. Each branch is equipped with a computer kiosk available for taxpayers to utilize in making tax payments. A surcharge of (2.15%) will be added to each credit card transaction, as well as MasterCard debit transactions. When using a Visa debit card, there is a flat fee of $3.95. There is no fee charged for e-Checks.
For taxpayers wanting to pay by telephone, they can call 713-368-2273 using a touch-tone phone. Telephone operators will be standing by to accept 2012 tax payments until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 31.
For more information, call 713-368-2000 or visit www.hctax.net