The deadline for paying property taxes is close at hand. Usually, property owners have until Jan. 31 to pay their property taxes without penalty or interest, but because this date falls on a Sunday, the deadline is extended until Feb. 1.
Hayes County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway said, “”All the statements have been mailed, so please contact our office if you have not yet received a statement. State law says that you are still responsible for the taxes, even if you do not receive the bill.”
Tax bills are considered due upon receipt.
Caraway said property owners can confirm their payment status by contacting the Hays County Tax Office at (512) 393-5545. Taxpayers may also check their status online at www.tax.co.hays.tx.us.
Payments may be mailed to the main office at 102 North LBJ, Courthouse Annex, San Marcos, 78666. They may also be delivered to any of the four tax county tax office locations. The tax office will honor the official postmark as proof of mailing.
A variety of ways for payment is available to taxpayers. They may pay with cash, check, money order, credit card, debit card or electronic check. Credit card and electronic check payments can by made by phone or online. A 2.5 percent convenience fee will be applied to online credit card payments. A fee of $2 will be applied to electronic check payments.
The seven percent penalties for late payment begin Feb. 2. It increases two percent each month until July, when attorney fees are added. Those fees are 15 percent of the tax bill. After July 1 another one percent is added each month until payment is made.
Disabled residents and residents that are 65 or older may qualify to make quarterly payments. No penalties or interest are assessed if these payments are made on time. For more information on the payment program, contact the tax office.
If a taxpayer is unable to pay current taxes in full, the tax office will accept a partial payment before Feb. 1 without penalty and a payment plan can be set up for the remaining balance. Penalty and interest, however, will accrue on that remaining balance. The tax office accepts payments on current taxes and no penalty or interest is added to the amount that is paid by Feb. 1.
The four tax offices and their hours are:
Main Tax Office, 102 North LBJ Drive, San Marcos (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)
Buda Substation, 500 Jack C. Hays Trail, Buda (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday)
Dripping Springs Substation, 195 Roger Hanks Parkway, Dripping Springs (8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m. Friday)
Kyle Substation, 111 North Front Street, Kyle (8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and 1:30-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday).Email | Print