Bellaire area property owners who have not paid their 2011 property tax have just a few more days before penalty and interest are added.
Tuesday, Jan. 31, is the last day to pay 2011 property tax bills without penalty and interest charges. The following day, percent penalty and interest will be assessed.
Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Don Sumners said taxpayer who cannot pay the entire tax bill should consider making at least a partial payment.
“Even if you can’t pay all your tax bill by Jan. 31, you can save money by making a partial payment on or before Tuesday, Jan. 31,” Sumners said. “Save yourself some pain; reduce the penalty and interest. The penalty and interest keep increasing every month.”
For taxpayers’ convenience, the Harris County Tax Office’s Downtown Branch at 1001 Preston will extend its hours until 5:30 p.m. on Jan 31. The other 14 branch offices will be open their normal hours, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
The tax office also accepts payments online through its website, www.hctax.net, as well as by mail, by phone and in person.
Those paying online can use any combination of credit cards, debit cards and/or e-Checks. The same options are available for paying by touch-tone telephone at 713-368-CARD (2273).
Online customers are cautioned to start early enough to complete their payment by 11:59 p.m. Central Standard Time on Jan. 31.
All of the 15 tax office branches take credit and debit cards at the counter and have a computer terminal kiosk that taxpayers can use to pay via credit card or e-Checks. A surcharge of 2.15 percent is 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.
E-Checks are free.
The Tax Office’s Downtown Branch will extend its hours until 5:30 p.m. only on Tuesday, Jan. 31.
For more information, taxpayers can call 713-368-2000 or visit the Tax Office Website at www.hctax.net.