Fort Bend County issues information regarding property tax deadine
It comes around every year - Jan. 31 - the last day to pay property taxes without penalty and interest accruing on the unpaid balance. Patsy Schultz, Fort Bend County tax assessor/collector, is trying to help those residents who wait until the last moment.
First, be aware that there will be a postage increase to 55 cents on Jan. 27, 2019. Ensure envelopes have sufficient postage. Any payments which are postmarked after Jan. 31, 2019, will be assessed penalty and interest. If you mail your payment prior to Jan. 31 and it is returned to you due to insufficient postage, the delay could cause your payment to be late. Being unaware of the postage increase is not grounds for waiving the penalty and interest.
Additionally, Schultz is offering a drive-through drop-off option to pay taxes. On Thursday, Jan. 31, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., residents can drive through the parking lot of the Richmond (1317 Eugene Heimann Circle, Richmond, 77469) and Sugar Land (12550 Emily Court, Sugar Land, 77478) locations and drop off payment without even getting out of your vehicle. These will be the only two Fort Bend County locations with a drive-through drop-off line.
Staff will be standing by to accept your payment which must be in the form of check or money order. No cash will be accepted in the payment drop off.
Payments should be in a sealed envelope with a return address clearly marked on the outside of the envelope. There will be cones and directional signs in place to aid in the flow of traffic. You will be given a card with the date and a sequence number on it as your “temporary” receipt. Allow five business days for all of the payments to be processed and then you can go online to print a receipt or call the Tax Office to have one mailed to you.
Finally, we encourage you to take advantage of our electronic check payment option. You can go online to www.fortbendcountytx.gov and click on the “I Want to” tab at the top and then select “Pay Property Taxes” and follow the prompts to pay online with e-check. There is no extra fee associated with e-check, your taxes will be paid as of the date you are making the transaction, and you will be able to print a receipt after making the transaction.
Contact the Tax Office at 281-341-3710 if you have any questions regarding payment of your property taxes.