January 31 is Property Tax Deadline to Avoid Penalties and Interest

Hays County Courthouse, San Marcos, TX – Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Luanne Caraway is reminding residents that 2016 property taxes must be paid in full on or before Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, to avoid penalties and interest.

Beginning Tuesday, February 1, seven (7) percent penalty and interest will be added to property accounts with outstanding balances. Taxpayers who are not able to pay the full amount by January 31 are encouraged to pay as much as possible so that they accrue as little as possible. Accounts that have 65-or-older, disabled person or disabled veteran exemptions paid quarterly and have made their first payment on or before January 31 are not assessed penalty and interest.

Payments can be made in person at any of the office locations below. Cash, check or bank credit/debit card with the exception of Discover and American Express are all acceptable forms of payment. A 1.95 percent fee will be charged for a debit card and a 2.65 percent fee will be charged for a credit card payment. 

Payments made by mail must have a post office cancellation mark of January 31, 2017 or earlier to be considered on time and should be addressed to the San Marcos Office location only. Payments can also be made with an e-check (50-cent fee) or with a credit/debit card (approximately 2.25 percent plus 30-cent fee) at www.hayscountytax.com, which also accepts Discover and American Express. The County also provides a drive-through lane on the east side of the Government Center in San Marcos and drop boxes at our San Marcos and Dripping Springs locations.

Main Tax Office and mailing address: 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, San Marcos, TX 78666, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F, 512-393-5545; Dripping Springs substation: 195 Roger Hanks Parkway (Precinct 4 Office), , 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F, 512-858-5105; Kyle substation, 5458 FM 2770; (Precinct 2 Office), 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. M-F, 512-268-8024. All locations are open through the lunch hour, but prepare for a wait on January 31, one of the busiest days for the office. There are also drop boxes for tax payments at the San Marcos and Dripping Springs locations and payments can be dropped off anytime on or before January 31. To receive a paper receipt, enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your payment.

Posted by Laureen Chernow Monday, January 23, 2017 3:05:00 PM Categories: Press Releases