FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 29, 2014
Media Contact: Justin Concepcion
(Houston) – All Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Offices will extend office hours and will be open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on January 30 & 31, 2014 to accommodate the anticipated high-volume of customers.
“Property taxes are due on Friday, January 31st. Since our offices had to close for two days due to the inclement weather, we’re extending office hours to 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. on January 30 & 31, 2014,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “In addition, we’ll have extra staff on hand at every branch location, to accommodate the last minute tax payments.”
Taxpayers who wish to pay their property taxes can do so by phone at (713) 274-CARD (2273), online at www.hctax.net or in person at any of the 16 Tax Assessor-Collector’s Offices throughout Harris County. In addition, all property tax bills have a QR code so taxpayers can pay by using their smart phone.
Property tax payments that are mailed must be postmarked by January 31, 2014. Meter mail is not a postmark. New legislation now allows courier mail services like UPS and FedEx to be used, as long as the service receives it on January 31, 2014.
On February 1, 2014, 7% penalty and interest will begin accruing on delinquent property tax accounts that have not been paid. Penalty and interest will continue to increase until the account is paid. “Once the bill becomes delinquent, taxpayers can contact my office to see if they qualify for a payment agreement,” said Mr. Sullivan. “If they qualify, they will be allowed to pay in 12 monthly installments.”
Taxpayers can contact our office by phone at (713) 274-8000 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org if they have questions.
The Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office Property Tax Division maintains approximately 1.5 million tax accounts and collects property taxes for 71 taxing entities including Harris County. For the 2013 tax year, the Tax Assessor-Collector’s Office expects to collect approximately $5 billion of property tax payments.