2016 property taxes due by Jan. 31

2016 property taxes due by Jan. 31

Allison Nathan Getz, Jefferson County Tax Assessor-Collector, reminds citizens of Jefferson County that 2016 property tax payments must be paid by Tuesday, Jan. 31 to avoid penalty and interest charges. 

Property tax payments may be made in person at: 

1) Jefferson County Courthouse at 1149 Pearl in Beaumont

2) Jefferson County Sub-Courthouse at 525 Lakeshore Drive in Port Arthur

3) Mid County Tax Office at 4605 Jerry Ware Drive in Beaumont near the airport

All three locations will remain open until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 31. 

2016 payments by mail must have a post office cancellation mark on or before Jan. 31 to avoid penalty and interest charges. The cancellation mark must be affixed by the post office and not a metered postmark. Payments by mail may be sent to Jefferson County Tax Office, P.O. Box 2112, Beaumont, TX 77704. 

Beginning Feb. 1, a penalty and interest of 7% will be applied to unpaid tax balances. An additional 2% penalty and interest will be added each month until the end of June. On July 1, a penalty and interest totaling 18% will be applied, plus a 20% addition of collection fees. Finally, interest of 1% per month will accrue from that time on. 

"Jefferson County has an excellent payment rate," Allison said. "We typically collect over 98% of the total tax roll on a current basiss. We appreciate the effort our community makes."

"We hope this reminder will help people remember to not overlook taking care of a payment they fully intended to make. Please call our office if you are having difficulty with age homestead or disability exemptions. The Tax Office deputies will be more than happy to give information on options that are available under the state property tax code."

Taxes may be paid in cash, check, or credit and debit card in person. Telephone payments may be made by calling 1-866-549-1010 and use bureau code: 2228888. Also, credit card payments or e-check payments may be made online at www.certifiedpayments.net with the same bureau code and following instructions on the screen. A convenience fee of 2.4% on credit card payments and a $1.50 fee on e-check payments will occur. 

For questions, taxpayers may call the County Tax Office at 409-835-8516.

- Jefferson County Tax Office