January Contribution to the Bandera Bulletin
#4 Resolutions and property tax reminders
Wendy M. Grams – Chief Appraiser
Gwenda Tschirhart – Tax Assessor-Collector
It’s 2019, and with the New Year comes the inevitable list of resolutions. The staff at the Central Appraisal District of Bandera County and the Bandera County Tax Office hopes you had a merry Christmas and a safe and happy New Year. We also hope your 2019 resolutions include avoiding penalties, interest and late fees by remembering these important tax calendar events.
January 31 is the legal deadline to pay your 2018 property tax without penalty and interest. Your payment will be considered timely if paid or postmarked by January 31. If payment is not received or postmarked by that date, a 7% penalty and interest fee will attach and become due. Penalty and interest percentages increase each month. Unpaid property accounts will receive 33 percent in penalty, interest and attorney fees on July 1 of each year which brings the total P & I and attorney fees to 38 percent.
There are several payment options available. You may make your payment at the Bandera County Tax Office in person or send your payment by mail. The tax office physical address is 403 12th Street, Bandera. The mailing address is P.O. Box 368, Bandera, TX 78003. If you are paying the full amount, you may also pay online at: http://www.banderacounty.org/departments/tax.htm and make your payment online. Be aware that credit card payments have an additional 2.5% transaction processing fee.
If you have qualified for the Over 65 or the Disabled Person exemption, you may pay your taxes in four installments without penalty and interest fees. Contact the Bandera County Tax Office to request this payment option. To avoid penalties and interest on each installment amount, you must pay the installments before February 1, April 1, June 1 and August 1. If the first payment is not made by March 1, you cannot take advantage of the installment option.
The line to pay in the tax office will get longer as the payment deadline approaches. You can expect a 10 to 20-minute wait if you come in to pay during the last two weeks of the month. The wait is generally longer between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., as taxpayers are using their lunch hour for payments and our staff is reduced for lunch breaks.
The appraisal district will soon mail out confidential Business Personal Property renditions to business owners. Please complete the rendition, listing: business inventories, furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment and vehicles as of January 1, 2019. Return the form to our office by April 15 to avoid fees for late filing. The rendition form is lengthy and can be confusing, so please let us know if you have questions. Contact the appraisal district at 830-796-3039. Your field appraiser will be happy to assist you in completing the form.
The employees of the Bandera County Tax Office have made some resolutions, too. They are doing their best to process your mail-in payments as quickly as they can, and will do everything possible to help you with payment issues or questions when you call or visit the tax office. The appraisal district staff are committed to accurately appraising your property for 2019. As you are concentrating on paying your 2018 tax amount this month, the 2019 appraisal of your property is already well under way. Field appraisers are inspecting properties, updating property records, requesting information on recent sales, and analyzing sales data. The appraisal district will be looking closely at market changes reflected in sales prices and rental rates in preparation for the January 1 valuation of your property.
Please check your statements carefully. If you have a problem or a question with your tax statement, go by and see the friendly tax office staff, give them at call at (830)796-3731 or email them at email@example.com. Now is the time to solve owner or exemption issues before penalties and interest are applied. December is a busy month for everyone, the employees at the Appraisal District and Tax Office of Bandera County want to take the time to wish you and yours a Christmas season filled with peace and joy.