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Residents get extra day to pay for property taxes

POSTED: November 19, 2013 11:34 p.m.

Hall County residents get an extra day to pay their property taxes this year.

Taxpayers have until 5 p.m. Dec. 2 to make their payment. Hall County officials said they were extending the due date because Dec. 1 is a Sunday and county offices will be closed Nov. 28, Thanksgiving Day, and Nov. 29.

Payments made in full postmarked or dropped off at the Hall County Government Center by the end of the day on the Monday after the holiday break will be on time. Any payments made after that will incur a 1 percent interest rate on the principle amount as required by state law, according to a news release.

Residents can pay online, in person or by mail. The county website has a link, www.hallcounty.org/depts/taxcomm/ePayments.asp, where residents can make check, debit or credit card payments. A nearly 2.6 percent bank fee will be added to all debit/credit transactions. The Hall County Government Center at 2875 Browns Bridge Road in Gainesville has an outside drop box at the front-door entrance to the building and an inside drop box near the information table on the first floor that’s available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

Hall County tax bills this year feature a new color scheme and style designed to help residents better understand their bills. The revamped notices, which were sent out in October, include new information on the back, such as the definition of certain words and fees mentioned on the front and information about common property tax exemptions.

The bills include a Web address where residents can check payment status, and there also is a note about a new tracking capability that allows the tax commissioner’s office to trace the bill to ensure there was accurate and timely delivery. The notices include the property acreage, even for properties less than 5 acres, and will have a pie chart showing where the tax revenue is spent.

“This is one initiative I’m really proud of,” Tax Commissioner Darla Eden said earlier this year.

Gainesville residents get a property tax bill from the county and the city. Approximately 11,710 tax bills were mailed to Gainesville residents this year and are due Dec. 20.


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