How to Pay Your Property Taxes Online
Online payment options for your property taxes.
Personal property taxes are a fact of life for homeowners and, in some states, may also include a passenger vehicle, a motorcycle or a mobile home. If you’re a homeowner and have an outstanding mortgage, then your property tax is most likely held in escrow with funds taken from your monthly payments to cover this expense. For everyone else, timely property tax payments are required, with online payment possibilities usually available. Read on for some tips on how to pay your taxes via the Internet.
1. Know your county. Most property taxes are paid to the county, but in some Virginia cities that are not part of counties, your payments will go directly to the city’s treasury office. Examine your tax bill closely to find out where your payment should be sent.
2. Navigate your browser. Your tax bill will list a URL if your property taxes can be paid online. If so, navigate your browser to this address to pull up your jurisdiction’s website.
3. Click the appropriate tab. Once on the website, you’ll most likely see a tab for property taxes. Click on that tab or the appropriate link to go to the page for payments.
4. Pull up your information. My county’s tax form asks for certain information from me before property taxes can be paid. That information includes my last name, my address and a seven-digit code. Enter the appropriate information to find your payment page. If you cannot gain access to the website, call the tax office to retrieve a personal identification number.
5. Make your payment. Likely, you’ll be given several options for making a payment online including via your personal checking account. You might be able to make a payment with a credit card, though a convenience fee may be charged to allow the county to recoup some of the credit card fee expenses. Once your payment has been made, you should be redirected to a page with your receipt. Print out your receipt or save its as a PDF if you want to avoid using paper.
Your county may also allow you to set up automated payments for your property taxes. If that is the case, then be aware that your account will be charged or debited on a certain date quarterly or annually. If a debit, make sure that the funds are in your account before the charge is made.