Tips for Paying Your Taxes with Official Payments Corporation
Wilson County has partnered with Official Payments Corporation to make it more convenient to pay your taxes. There are a few things you may want to know before using this service to pay your taxes:
- Official Payments Corp charges a convenience fee for each transaction. The convenience fee is currently 3% of your credit/debit card transaction with a minimum of $1 for amounts below $40. (Example: If you pay $100 you will be charged $3 for the service for a total of $103.) The convenience fee for Electronic Check transactions are $3 for each payment less than or equal to $10,000 and $15 for each payment greater than $10,000.
- You can use this service to pay any of your Property Taxes that are invoiced by our office.
- You can also pay by phone, you can reach Official Payments Corp. at (800) 2PAY-TAX (800) 272-9829). The convenience fee also applies for telephone transactions.
- When making your payment do not include the convenience fee in the payment amount. It will be automatically added on step three of the payment process.
- We encourage you to print the receipt for your records. Payments may take up to two business days before they show in the Tax Department’s Records.
- Payments will be posted as of the transaction date.
- If you would like a "Preminder" email for any future bills before they are mailed out to you, please call 252-399-2901 or click on "Email Notification" in the green column on the top left side of this screen for more details and to email information to us. Then you will be notified ahead of time instead of after the fact to be able to avoid late payments and possible interest and garnishments.
- If you would like to schedule a payment reminder, you can log into the Official Payments website (www.officialpayments.com) and select "Schedule Reminders" from the menu and you will be notified to be able to avoid late payments and possible interest and garnishments. Here is a preview of an example email reminder.
Acceptable Credit Cards
Effective September 1, 2013: The Wilson County Tax Office no longer collects taxes for motor vehicles. Motor vehicle property tax bills have been combined with the Vehicle Registration Renewal and mailed by NCDMV. Once you have renewed your tags, retain the Registration Card for your receipt for income tax purposes as it shows the breakdown of paid taxes and registration fee. The State is in the process of trying to get a website up and running; however, until that time you will need to call 919-814-1779 for motor vehicle tax receipts for income tax purposes. It can be a lengthy automated message, but remain on the line until a person actually answers…also, we would suggest you have your Driver’s License and Registration Card at the time you place the call since the person assisting you may need some information from these documents. Also, if you paid by check or credit card, you can get the information from your statements. Remember...The best and easiest way; however, is to keep the receipt part of your Registration Card with your other income tax documents after you renew your tag.
Prepayments and Installment Payments
There appears to be a misconception as to when a person’s tax bill may be paid. Tax bills (real and personal property excluding registered motor vehicles) are “Due and Payable on September 1st”. However, in many cases the amount due can be substantial. Many people are not aware that they have the ability to make payments rather than paying the entire bill all at one time.
We do have a number of persons who have chosen to pay in installments so by year’s end they owe very little or nothing at all. Some start making payments in January of each year (in the form of a Prepayment) prior to the bill being generated and others choose to begin making payments starting in September once the bill has been received. Whether you choose to begin Prepayments in January or break your payments down after receiving the bill in September, it can be a great decision that may remove the possibility of any stress by having to pay the entire bill at the end of the year.
Contact the Tax Office at (252) 399-2901 and let one of my staff help you decide what works best for you.
Randy A. Faircloth
The convenience fee is charged solely by Official Payments Corp.TM and is subject to change at any time. Payments made on accounts that have delinquent taxes due will be applied to the delinquent amounts first. Interest begins on the first day of the month following the due date.