SAN ANTONIO - Sylvia S. Romo, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector, announces that the property tax payment deadline is quickly approaching.
"January 31 is the deadline for payment of 2011 property taxes. Penalty and interest will begin to accrue at a rate of 7 percent on any unpaid 2011 balance on February 1 and will increase on a monthly basis," Romo said. "This does not apply to taxpayers under the Split or Quarter Payment Options. Taxpayers eligible to pay by the Quarter Payment Plan must also submit their first quarter payment by January 31 in order to qualify."
The Tax Office will once again offter two curbside drop-off locations from 7:30 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the main office, 233 N. Pecos-Trinidad at West Martin Street. Customers who drop off their payment are asked to have their payment in an envelope marked with their name, account number and return address. In addition, to the curbside drop-offs, the Tax Assessor-Colector's substations will be open until 5 p.m.
As a convenience, taxpayers may also pay their bill online by credit card or e-check by going to the Tax Office website www.bexar.org/tax. Credit card payments may also be made by telephone by calling (800) 272-9829 and entering access code #5305. The companies that process credit card and e-check transactions charge convenience fees for this service. Payment submitted by mail must be postmarked by January 31. Taxpayers who mail their payments on the due date should obtain proof of mailing, such as a Certificate of Mailing, Certified or Registered Mail receipt to ensure an accurate postmark date.
"Taxpayers who choose to pay online or by telephone should pay as early as possible because of the high volume of activity on the due date," advised Romo.
Taxpayers unable to pay their taxes in full by January 31 will be able to make payment arrangements beginning February 1. Payment arrangements allow property owners to pay their delinquent tax, penalty, and interest on a monthly basis and prevent the foreclosure of the tax lien when the terms of the arrangement are kept.
"I understand that many property owners are under financial strain at this time and I want to assist taxpayers to the extent that I am able," Romo said. "The best thing to do is come into the office and find out what can be done to reduce frustration or further costs."
Taxpayers who have misplaced their tax bill or have questions about their 2011 balance should contact the office at (210) 335‐2251 or view their account online at www.bexar.org/tax.
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