With so many changes in our daily routines brought about by the pandemic, the Orange County Tax Office wants to remind residents of the available options for paying taxes, and let them know about a new option.
The Tax Office has added an E-Check option as one of the online payment solutions offered. The convenience fee for using the E-check option is a flat fee of $2.00. This and other online payment options can be found on the Tax Office’s website at https://web.co.orange.nc.us/publicwebaccess/. Point and Pay LLC, who has been the provider of their online payment options for several years, is providing the new E-check option.
“Paying property taxes is not something people think about every day, especially now,” said Orange County Tax Administrator Nancy Freeman. “Our office is available to help property owners find a solution to pay taxes by January 5th to avoid interest. We also want to let people know that making their payment early this year will thin out the crowd and help staff and property owners remain safe and healthy.”
By state law, taxes became due on Sept. 1, and become delinquent after Jan. 5, Freeman said. This means a property owner has until the 5th to pay their tax bill without incurring interest.
Other ways to pay taxes include: by mail to Orange County Tax Collector, PO Box 8181, Hillsborough NC 27278; at the drop box located outside the office door at 228 South Churton Street, Hillsborough; by debit/credit card by phone (1-844-435-3981) or online (https://web.co.orange.nc.us/publicwebaccess/). For debit/credit card transactions, a convenience fee is charged by the credit card vendor.
The tax office can also help set up a payment plan to make regular payments through December. Please call (919) 245-2100 or email the office at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about payment plans, how to list taxes, discuss values, see if you may be eligible to apply for a property tax relief program or discuss delinquent taxes.
In light of the current health crisis taxpayers who usually pay taxes in person during December and early January are urged to pay early and use the new E-check option, mail, debit/credit card, or drop box to avoid sizeable wait times and to avoid close gatherings of people.