Houston – (January 24, 2013) – Payments for 2012 property taxes are due by January 31, 2013. A (7%) penalty and interest charge will be assessed on Friday, February 1st, on all unpaid 2012 tax bills.
According to Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan, “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.” Mr. Sullivan encourages 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. on Thursday, January 31, 2013. As well, 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, please dial 713-368-2273 using a touch-tone phone. Payments made via telephone are subject to the same terms as online payments. Harris County Tax Office telephone operators will be standing by to accept 2012 tax payments until 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on the January 31st deadline.
For more information, taxpayers may call 713-368-2000 or visit the Tax Office Website at www.hctax.net