This year under Act 175 of House Bill 1255, Arkansas’s statewide personal property tax deadline was changed to October 15 of each year. Since the new deadline falls on a Saturday this year, the due date has been extended to Monday, October 17, 2011.
It is important that citizens meet the October 17 deadline to keep their counties from suffering from missed revenues and to avoid penalty late fees. Several payment methods are available to help make this process convenient to tax payers. Most County Collectors offer phone, online, mobile, and in-person payment options.
“County tax money funds county jails, the coroner’s office, sheriff’s office, county hospitals, libraries, schools, and county government. Citizens paying their taxes are a direct link to the community,” said Pulaski County Treasurer Debra Buckner. “Being able to provide electronic payments makes the whole process more efficient. We are proud to continue to partner with Information Network of Arkansas to serve the public.”
Last year a mobile payment option was launched at http://www.arkansas.gov/m, as Arkansas became the first state to add secure payment processing of personal property and real estate taxes specifically for smartphone users.
The 39 counties offering the secure online Web payments for personal property and real estate taxes with a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Discover) or electronic check include: Ashley, Benton, Calhoun, Carroll, Clark, Cleburne, Columbia, Conway, Craighead, Crittenden, Crawford, Cross, Dallas, Desha, Faulkner, Franklin, Garland, Grant, Howard, Independence, Jefferson, Johnson, Lafayette, Lawrence, Miller, Little River, Ouachita, Poinsett, Pope, Prairie, Pulaski, Randolph, Saline, Sebastian, Stone, Union, Van Buren, Washington, and White Counties. Residents may also check the full listing of counties and deadlines available at www.ar-tax.org.
To use the online personal property and real estate tax payment services, taxpayers may enter the parcel number provided on their tax statements or search the database by name or address for specific parcels. The property tax system guides the user through a series of entry screens, and provides a confirmation and printable receipt page for recordkeeping.
In addition to paying personal property and real estate taxes with a credit card or electronic check online or via a mobile smartphone, citizens may also make credit card payments over the phone or in person at their Collector’s office.