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When Are My Texas Property Taxes Due?

Now that the busy holiday season has finally come to an end, it’s essential for Texas homeowners to pay their property tax bill if they haven’t already. Texas has some of the highest property taxes in the nation, and this bill should not be taken lightly. To make sure your finances are all in order for the new year, you’ll want to make sure your bill is taken care of before the January 31st deadline. In this blog we will take you through all the important property tax due dates to look out for in 2024.

When Are My Property Taxes Due?

Each year, property tax bills begin to be mailed out to property owners around October 1st, so you should receive your bill shortly after. You’ll want to pay your bill before the deadline of January 31st. If you do not pay your property taxes by January 31st, you will be considered delinquent and begin incurring significant penalties.

Other Important Property Due Dates

Not only should you be aware of the deadline to pay off your property taxes, but you should keep in mind the other important property tax dates throughout the year. These dates are essential for staying on top of your property taxes and knowing when unpaid property taxes will accrue penalties and interest the most. Here are some important dates to look out for:

  • January 31, 2024 – the last day to pay your 2023 property tax bill without penalty and interest.
  • February 1, 2024 – when the unpaid property taxes are considered delinquent, penalty and interest charges begin to accrue on unpaid taxes for the 2023 tax year. The combined penalty and interest rates begin at 7% on February 1st.
  • April 30, 2024 – the deadline for property owners to file exemption applications with their appraisal district
  • July 1, 2024 – When the biggest tax penalty of the year hits. All delinquent accounts for the 2023 tax year are turned over to the taxing unit’s attorneys for collection. A collection penalty of 15-20% of the total unpaid balance is added to the current delinquent accounts.
  • October 1, 2024 – the tax assessor’s offices start mailing out tax statements for the following January deadline

How Can I Pay My Property Taxes in Texas?

The process for paying your property taxes can vary in each taxing district depending on payment type and taxpayer eligibility. However, if you are unsure how to pay your property tax bill, you can get specific details of property tax payment options from your local tax collector’s office. Here are a few of the most common payment methods:

  • Online payment via major credit card or an electronic check (eCheck) – It is important to note that you may have to pay a convenience fee for paying online, but this is a simple way to pay your property tax bill, and generally allows for your payment to be quickly processed.
  • Sending in a check payment via mail – Paying by mail is very common, but it will generally take more time to process your payment compared to other options. Note that many banks will send a check payment for free or for a minimal charge as part of a bill pay program if you don’t have checks or don’t have time to get to the post office.
  • Delivering a payment in person to the tax office – This is the least convenient way to pay because of the time it takes out of your schedule, but depending upon your tax office, it may allow for your records to be updated as “paid in full” the fastest.

I Need Help Paying My Property Taxes

Are you worried you won’t be able to pay your property taxes on your own or that you may incur heavy fees and interest before you can pay? If so, a property tax loan might be the right solution for you. At Johnson & Starr, we understand that life happens, and there may be difficulty making payments on your property taxes, which is why we provide property tax loans that are easy, fast, and affordable. We will relieve the stress of burdensome past-due property taxes by paying off your bill immediately and setting up a payment plan that works best for you. Want to learn more? Contact us today to speak to one of our licensed loan officers and learn how we can help.

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