Athens Review, Athens, Texas

January 29, 2013

Property taxes due by Thursday

Penalty will be charged after Feb. 1

Rich Flowers
The Athens Review

Athens — It’s time to pay up or pay a penalty on your Henderson County property taxes.

County Tax Assessor-Collector Milburn Chaney wants to remind taxpayers that Thursday is the deadline to pay the more than 100,000 statements sent out in October. Chaney’s staff will be accepting payments at the tax office on the first floor of  the Courthouse Annex at 125 N. Prairieville Street.

On February 1, a 7 percent penalty will be charged on any unpaid tax. An additional penalty will be added each month thereafter.  If you can’t pay all of your taxes on time, it’s still beneficial to pay all you can.

“The tax office does accept partial payments,” Chaney said. “I encourage taxpayers to pay as much as they are able to because the penalty and interest is assessed on the balance due.”

Taxpayers who have an over-65 or disability exemption may qualify to make quarterly payments with no penalty and interest. Chaney advises anyone who qualifies for quarterly payments to contact the tax office. The first of the quarterly installments is due in January.

Chaney’s office has made several changes in recent years to make it easier for the taxpayer to avoid long lines or delays. Chaney said payments are accepted by mail, internet or phone. Payments mailed to the tax office will be considered on time if postmarked in January.

Online payments are accepted at www. TexasRecordSearch.Com-/Henderson. A 3.25 percent convenience fee is charged for all credit and debit card payments, Chaney said.

Taxpayers can call 1-800-272-9829 to pay by phone. Chaney said callers need to know the account number, which is located on their statement, and the Henderson County Jurisdiction Code 6185.

Anyone with questions is invited to call the tax office at 903-675-6134.