E-Check FAQs

Why pay my property tax bill with an e-Check?

  1. It's fast
  2. It’s free
  3. It’s convenient
  4. You get an immediate receipt
  5. No need to visit the Tax Office

What taxes can I pay with an e-Check?

Harris County real property, personal property, mobile homes, and mineral account taxes can be paid with no transaction fee when using an e-Check through the Tax Office Web site.

Can I make an e-Check payment from my savings account?

No. you must use a regular checking account. No credit card checks, no savings accounts, home equity line checks, etc. can be used. Be aware that funds can be drawn only on U.S. banks. If you’re using a credit union account, be sure to use the appropriate electronic routing number.

Is my bank account information safe and my privacy secure?

Information provided through this Web site for processing your transaction will not be shared with, or sold to, any party that is not part of the transaction. The information on the Amegy Bank of Texas Web site is encrypted for secure transactions.

How many of my property tax accounts can I pay at once?

We can process only one account at a time.

Is this service available in Spanish?

Yes. Just click on the select language button on the top right of our webpage and select spanish.

Who do I contact with questions about this site?

The site has an e-mail button so questions can be answered by e-mail within 24 hours. The Tax Office phone number is 713-274-8000.

If I don’t have a computer at home or access to one at work, how can I pay my property tax bill with an e-Check?

You may visit any Tax Office location during regular office hours. Computers are available at all locations for you to pay property taxes online, and employees are available to help. Also, Harris County and City of Houston libraries offer computers with Internet access.

Can I pay only a part of my property tax bill by e-Check?

Yes. The Tax Office is accepting partial payments online when paying by e-Checks or credit cards.

What are the browser requirements to pay property taxes by e-Check?

Your browser MUST support 128-bit encryption. If you use Microsoft Internet Explorer 5.0 or later, your browser should support this encryption. Netscape Navigator 4.08 and Netscape Communicator 4.74 (and later) also support 128-bit encryption, as does the latest version of Mozilla Firefox. If you are using an older version of these browsers, you can download one of the latest browsers from one of the links to Microsoft and Netscape provided on the Tax Office Web site.

Can I pay someone else’s property taxes with an e-Check on my account?

Yes.

What date will be shown as the date of payment?

The date the transaction is entered is shown as the date of payment. If you provide an e-mail address, a transaction copy receipt will automatically be sent to that e-mail address.

What do I use as a receipt?

Your electronic transaction copy receipt will indicate the account number, property address, payment amount, and date paid on the printout. The Harris County Tax Office will mail/email a receipt of payment upon request. You may also print your own receipt from our website.

How long before I can check my account online and see that my bill is paid?

We expect to post your payment online within 10 working days. The account will show a pending status until funds are transferred to the Harris County Tax Office account.

Can I pay delinquent taxes online with an e-Check?

Yes. But you must pay your entire balance-delinquent and current. Separate payments will not be accepted.

Can I reverse the payment from my bank account?

No. Once submitted, the payment cannot be reversed. Contact our office at 713-274-8000 to make arrangements for a refund.

What if the payment does not clear my account?

If the payment is rejected by your financial institution there will be a returned item charge of $30