Just in time for a real Halloween scare, the Grayson County tax statements are in the mail.

Grayson County Tax Assessor-Collector Bruce Stidham said nearly 120,000 statements were mailed this week.

Property owners are urged to take the time and check their tax statements when they arrive.

“Look over your statement carefully,” Stidham said.

He said taxpayers should check to make sure everything is correct, including the property being taxed, their mailing address, any exemptions they may be entitled to and the names of the taxing entities.

“Questions concerning your tax bill should be directed to the tax office. If you have questions concerning the appraised value or exemptions, contact the Grayson Central Appraisal District,” Stidham said.

The 2018 tax year information is already available on the Grayson County website at http://http://taxsearch.co.grayson.tx.us:8443/. Records can be searched by name, address, account number or quick reference I.D. Payment options are available and can be made by mail, in person at any of the four tax offices, online using your credit or debit card or by electronic check. A convenience fee will be added for credit and debit card use by the provider.

Under Texas law, property taxes are due upon receipt of the statement. Stidham said the deadline to pay the tax bills without accruing penalties or interest is Jan. 31. Failure to receive a bill does not release or lessen a taxpayers’ liability for the tax or penalty and interest for late payment.

“Penalty and interest for late payment of property taxes are set by state law,” Stidham said, “and accrue based on the month in which the payment is made. A payment that is one day late has the same penalty and interest as a payment received on any day during that month.”

He also went on to note that the date of a tax payment by mail is determined by the U.S. Postal Service postmark. Statements should arrive no later than mid-November. If your statement has not arrived by then, call the tax office for help.