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For second year in a row, Town of Halifax tax bills contain uh-oh

Halifax Town Manager Carl Espy this week notified residents, businesses and property owners to carefully review their 2010 taxes for personal property that were mailed the week of Nov. 1. A computer error has occurred again this year at the Halifax County Commissioner of Revenue’s Office involving the calculation of the total amount of vehicle license fees owed, Espy said.

He encouraged residents and businesses to carefully review their personal property tax notice to confirm the appropriate vehicle license fee has been assessed for the property they own, $25 per automobile or recreational vehicle and $5 per motorcycle as of Jan. 1.

Town staff will make adjustments in the case of overcharges, and in the event of overpayment, the town will provide a refund, Espy said.

For further assistance regarding the Town of Halifax Property Tax Notice, Espy said persons can call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.

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

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 to be assessed penalty and interest, the town manager said.

If a receipt is desired, Espy said persons should enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

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, Espy said.

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

This year, the town manager explained as an added convenience 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, Espy said.

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, he added.

“You may make your payment anytime, any day, 24/7. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction with the fee covering payment handling and processing charges,” the town manager added.