That last day of January 2014 is just around the corner and that means homeowners have just a short while left to pay their 2013 property taxes without penalty or interest.

That last day of January 2014 is just around the corner and that means homeowners have just a short while left to pay their 2013 property taxes without penalty or interest.


"If you have not paid the current 2013 property taxes, we want to encourage you to make an effort to do so before the end of this month", said Bruce Stidham, Grayson County tax assessor-collector. "No one likes to pay more money in taxes than is necessary and paying by Jan. 31, you’ll avoid the 7 percent penalty and interest that is automatically attached on Feb. 1."


By paying one’s taxes before the end of January property owners can also avoid the long lines of people who may have also delayed in paying or who wish to make their payment in person. Taxpayers can also send payments in by mail and, by including a self-addressed stamped envelope to ensure that a receipt will be returned. Payments must be postmarked on or before Jan. 31 to avoid any penalty and interest.


"If financial circumstances don’t permit you to pay the entire amount by the end of January, you may want to make a partial payment, which would have penalty and interest attached to only the unpaid taxes remaining due on Feb. 1," added Stidham.


"Taxpayers with the over 65 homestead exemption or a disabled homestead exemption may wish to take advantage of the 4-installment payments which is allowed on their homestead account. If each installment is paid on time, no penalty or interested is added," Stidham said. "The first payment must be at least 25 percent of the total tax bill and made no later than Jan. 31. The second payment is due by March 31; the third payment by May 31 and the fourth and final payment by July 31." Instructions are listed on the tax statement.


Taxes can be paid online with Visa, MasterCard, American Express or Discover which will include a small convenience fee. Visit http://www.co.grayson.tx.us and click on Directory, then Tax Assessor-Collector and then Payments. Be sure to include your property account number or numbers if paying more than one account.


For more information or questions regarding tax statements, contact the Grayson County Tax Office at 903-892-8297.