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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 20, 2017

CONTACT:
Leah Olive-Nishioka
713-274-8021 (o)
713-446-4163 (c)
leah.nishioka@tax.hctx.net

Delinquent Property Tax Penalties to Increase Dramatically

Property Owners Encouraged to Set-Up Payment Plans with Tax Office

Houston, TX – Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector Ann Harris Bennett urges property owners with delinquent property taxes to contact the tax office no later than June 30. Private collection attorneys will take over the accounts and penalties and interest rates will dramatically increase on July 1.

“My office recently sent notices to delinquent account holders, and I want to ensure that every property owner has the opportunity to be in good standing with the Harris County Tax Office and the taxing units for whom we collect,” said Ms. Bennet. “The best way to do that is to contact us no later than June 30 and set up a payment plan.”

On July 1, accounts turned over to private collection attorneys will be subject to an additional 15-20% in fees. Additionally, properties may end up in foreclosure, which could result in the delinquent property being sold at the Harris County Tax Sale.

“The last thing I want to see is property owners to lose their homes,” added Ms. Bennet. “I want to work with homeowners to keep them in their homes.”

Property tax bill payments and payment plan applications can be completed through our website at www.hctax.net, by phone at 713-274-8000, at all Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector’s branch locations or by email at tax.office@hctx.net.

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. The Tax Assessor-Collector's office collects more than $6 billion in property taxes each year.