Tax collector emphasizes contactless tax payment this year

JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) – It’s that time of year again for property owners, and tax collectors are emphasizing safer ways to pay your taxes.

Personal and real estate taxes are due statewide on Friday, October 15.

Although paying at the tax collector’s office is still an option, Craighead County tax collector Wesley Eddington is pushing contactless payment options this year.

Eddington said with the ongoing pandemic and the Delta variant, safety is their top priority.

In addition to in-person payments, you can pay online here, although fees apply.

You can also mail your payments to 511 Union Street in Jonesboro, but mail payments should be sent now to ensure they are not late.

The most affordable option is to use the drop box at the courthouse annex at 511 Union Street.

The tax collector’s office checks the box every 30 minutes.

Eddington said choosing one of the options that limit in-person contact can also help reduce the risk of COVID-19.

“I had COVID and lost a friend to COVID, so we want to keep people safe as much as possible,” Eddington said.

Payments made after October 15 will incur a 10% penalty.

Eddington said if you can’t pay the full amount by October 15, you can pay what you can by the deadline so only the remaining balance is penalized.

Eddington also suggested that people remember to apply for Homestead Credit for their property.

Eddington said it would save taxpayers $375.

People 65 or older should also seek a tax freeze before paying taxes this year.

Eddington also said to ensure your vehicles are assessed by May 31, 2022 to avoid a 10% penalty.

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Esther L. Steinbach