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Town of Halifax mailing out taxes

Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy said this week the Town of Halifax is mailing 2010 taxes for real estate, personal property and machine and tool taxes to residents, businesses and property owners the week of Nov. 1. This year, as an added convenience, Espy said Halifax is offering a new payment option for real estate and personal property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check.

This new payment plan can only be accessed online or by phone using Paymentus. This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person.

“You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges),” Espy said.

Customers should be ready with the following information:

• For real estate, the 5-digit Parcel ID number (located on billing statement),

• For personal property, the 4-digit Tax ID number (located on billing statement),

• Credit card number or checking account and routing number.

To pay a bill by phone dial 1-877-489-1674 to call a secure automated telephone payment system, powered by Paymentus Corporation, Espy said.

To pay a bill online go to the Town of Halifax website http://www.townofhalifax.com, click on the “Pay Online Taxes” bar at the top and go to a secure third party website at Paymentus Corporation, he further explained.

In response to taxpayers’ preference, Espy said for those residents, businesses and property owners which owe both the real estate and personal property/machine and tool tax, separate tax notices will be included in the same envelope mailed by the town.

Checks for the total amount due should be made payable to Town of Halifax, the town manager said.

Because the deadline for payment of total tax due (both real estate and personal property/machine and tool) is Sunday Dec. 5, payments postmarked on Dec. 6 will not be assessed penalty and interest, Espy said.

If a receipt is desired, persons should enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope, he added.

Payments made after the due date are subject to 10 percent penalty and 10 percent interest per annum. In addition to applicable penalties and interest, late payments on personal property will be for 100 percent of tax due without regard to any former entitlement to state PPTRA relief, the town manager noted.

If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party, he added.

For information about the tax assessment of property, persons should contact the County Commissioner of Revenue’s office at 434-476-3314.

For more information about phone or online payments, call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.