DeKalb County property taxpayers may make partial tax payments for the 2012 tax year
According to Trustee Sean Driver, the total bills of county taxpayers may be divided into monthly payments over two to five months or the office will accept any amount the taxpayer wants to pay toward their balance as long as the total tax bill is paid by February 28, 2013.
Driver said partial payments relieves the stress of taxpayers having to come up with the entire tax payment in one lump sum. It is especially helpful to elderly people and those on fixed incomes.
The plan, approved by the state Comptroller of the Treasury, does not include provisions for partial payment on any 2011 payment delinquencies. If any partial payments have been made, penalties will be assessed only against the unpaid balances.
According to Driver, if the total base tax is not paid on or before February 28, penalties and interest will be applied on the remaining balance on March 1.
He added that partial payments may still be made after the March 1 delinquent deadline and taxpayers may continue to make partial payments until the taxes are turned over to the Chancery court the following year.
Taxpayers who take advantage of the partial payment option will be issued a receipt showing the amount paid and the balance owed. However, no notification of partial balances owed will be issued before the February 28 deadline.
Driver reminds taxpayers that they may still pay their taxes in the trustee's office in person, by mail, online at tennessetrustee.com or through the State of Tennessee Tax Relief Program.
For more information, call the Trustee's Office at 597-5176 or stop by the office at 732 Congress Boulevard Smithville, room 103.