FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 30, 2014
Contact: Justin Concepcion
Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan encourages taxpayers who have delinquent taxes to avoid a lawsuit by either paying their tax bill or signing-up for a payment plan.
“Last month, we sent notices to taxpayers who did not pay their property taxes,” said Tax Assessor-Collector Mike Sullivan. “These delinquent taxpayers were encouraged to either pay their bill or sign-up for a payment plan by June 30th. In accordance to the law, on July 1st, our office sent these accounts to collection attorneys, who added an additional 15%-20% in attorney’s fees to the bill.”
Harris County’s attorneys, Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP, sent approximately 60,000 notices to delinquent taxpayers this week. These notices contain additional details about the accounts and options to avoid a lawsuit. Lawsuits filed will result in foreclosure and the delinquent property being sold at a public auction.
“I want to give taxpayers multiple opportunities to resolve their delinquent accounts,” said Sullivan. “They can still pay their tax bill in full or sign-up for a payment plan to avoid the lawsuit. There are also additional options available to those who are over 65-years-old, disabled, disabled veterans or are serving in active military duty. Those individuals may qualify for a tax deferral or exemption, which will delay payment or reduce the tax bill. Contact my office and we will work with you to see if you qualify for one of these options.”
Property tax payments can be processed through our website at www.hctax.net, by phone at 713-274-2273 or at all Tax Assessor-Collector’s branch locations. Payments accepted are cash, check or credit card (credit cards are subject to a 2.15% surcharge and Visa consumer debit cards have a $3.95 processing fee). Delinquent taxpayers can sign-up for a payment plan by contacting Linebarger Goggan Blair & Sampson, LLP at 713-844-3561.
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 over $5 billion of property tax payments.