County property tax bills in the mail
Coweta County 2013 state and county property tax bills are in the mail. The bills are due Dec. 2, a Monday, since the normal due date of Dec. 1 falls on a Sunday this year, said Coweta County Tax Commissioner Tommy Ferrell.
Tax bills are being mailed to the owner of record as of Jan. 1, 2013, as required by Georgia law. If the property has been sold since that date the bill should be forwarded to the new owner if the Jan. 1 owner is no longer responsible for payment of the bill.
Those taxpayers who have their taxes paid through a mortgage company should forward a copy (or the top stub) of the bill to their mortgage company to ensure payment is made by the deadline.
If a taxpayer has not received their tax bill by mid-October they may call the Tax Commissioner’s Office to have one mailed to them or they can go to the Tax Commissioner’s website at www.cowetataxcom.com to view and print the bill themselves.
Regarding properties under appeal, taxpayers who appealed their 2013 property valuation with the Tax Assessor’s Office and whose appeal was not settled by the time tax bills were processed will receive a “Temporary Tax Bill” based on 85 percent of the Assessor’s Office proposed valuation as required by Georgia law, said Ferrell These bills are also due Dec. 2. Settlement of the appeal will result in either a partial refund or additional taxes due.
New for 2013 is a “Bill Me Later” payment option available on the Tax Commissioner’s website. This program, through PayPal, provides the taxpayer a six-month, same-as-cash option to pay their property tax bill, Ferrell said. “Since late charges start accumulating on unpaid tax bills after the due date this may be an option some taxpayers may want to consider in order to avoid those charges,” he said.
The “Bill Me Later” option is essentially a line of credit through PayPal. If the taxpayer is approved, the Tax Commissioner’s Office receives full payment immediately and the taxpayer then makes payments to PayPal. There would be no additional charges to PayPal if paid within six months. “In other words, this is a same-as-cash, no interest option if your bill is paid within six months,” Ferrell said.
“This service is simply an additional payment option for taxpayers. The decision to apply for this program is solely at the discretion of the taxpayer,” he said.
Taxpayers may notice a QR Code on their bill again this year. The QR (Quick Response) Code when scanned by an iPhone or other smart device will allow the taxpayer to access the Tax Commissioner’s website where payment can be made quickly and easily by credit card, Ferrell said. Administration fees apply.
The Tax Commissioner’s Office accepts cash, check and credit card payments through Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express with a two-and-a-half percent administration fee, Ferrell said. Debit cards are accepted with a $2 fee per transaction. Payments may also be made on the Tax Commissioner’s website through PayPal at www.cowetataxcom.com.
Taxpayers are encouraged to mail their payments whenever possible, Ferrell said. Also, an overnight payment drop box is located at the Perry Street entrance to the Tax Commissioner’s Office located in the County Administration Building at 22 East Broad Street. Office hours are 8 – 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, except for the third Wednesday in each month when the office opens at 8:30 a.m.