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Many tax payment options available

Friday, October 22, 2010

Debra James
With Nov. 10 just around the corner, Clay County Treasurer Debra James is reminding residents they can pay the second installment of their property taxes in a variety of ways.

"Some people pay all of their property taxes in the spring, so the fall collection is typically a little slower," James told The Brazil Times. "But there are still a variety of options available for residents to make their payments."

Among these options are paying at Clay County branches of First Financial Bank and Riddell National Bank, along with the Brazil branch of Terre Haute Savings Bank.

"Having the banks as locations to make property tax payments have made things a lot easier for the taxpayers," she said.

In addition, payments may be made online at www.claytax.net, or over the phone at 1-800-809-5849, both of which, according to James, carry a 2.95 percent fee on top of the taxes being paid.

Residents may also pay the fall installment of their property taxes at the Treasurer's Office, which is on the first floor of the Clay County Courthouse, through an additional feature that should be on its way.

"Before, the only payments accepted by our office were cash and checks," James said. "We have ordered credit card machines, which we hope will be here before the Nov. 10 deadline, so residents will have an additional way to pay here at the office."

James added there will be a 2.75 percent fee to pay by credit card at the office, and all major cards will be accepted, including American Express, Visa, MasterCard and Discover.

To accommodate taxpayers, the Treasurer's Office has set the following extended hours leading up to the deadline to make on-time payments:

* Saturday, Nov. 6 -- 8 a.m.-noon, and

* Nov. 8-10 -- 8 a.m.-6 p.m.

While Nov. 10 is the deadline to make the second installment, property tax payments will be accepted after that date with an additional late fee.

"For the first 30 days after the deadline, a 5-percent fee will be added for those who do not have a previous delinquency, while those who had a delinquency from the Spring collection will be assessed a 10-percent fee upon paying property taxes late," James said. "After the 30 days pass, the 10-percent penalty will be assessed on all late payments."

James also told The Brazil Times taxpayers have the option of getting a jump on next year's property taxes.

"Not too many people pay ahead on their property taxes, but we do get a few," she said. "We do keep records of payments that are made ahead and residents are more than welcome to do so because it can help lessen the load down the road."

The Treasurer's Office, along with the rest of the Clay County Courthouse, will be closed for the 2010 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 2, as well as Thursday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day.

For more information or questions about property tax payments, contact the Treasurer's Office (which has normal operating hours of 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday) at 448-9009.

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