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Tax Deadline Approaches for Harris County Property Owners

Delinquent taxpayers have one last chance to avoid penalties.

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More than 100,000 Harris County property owners have not paid their taxes yet, even though the deadline was in February. The county sent letters to those property owners last week. Elizabeth Doss is the Property Tax Director in the Harris County Tax Office. She says those accounts are delinquent, but there’s still time to avoid more penalties.

“Contact our office, either online, by phone, or come in to one of our branches, to set up a payment agreement. The Texas tax code allows us to set up payment agreements for 12 months. And what we’d like to do is see if we can help people qualify for a payment agreement,” Doss said.

Anyone who does not set up a payment agreement or pay their taxes in full by the end of this month will be turned over to collections attorneys. The attorneys charge an extra 15-20 percent fee on the tax bill and, if unpaid, those accounts could end up in foreclosure. Doss says there’s always a big surge in payments in the month of June.

“Some taxpayers just had a hard time with layoffs and things like that. Others just want to wait til the last minute. We do have an uptick in June on payment agreements and historically a large surge in property taxes that come in during June and make full or partial payments,” Doss said.

Doss says the reminder letters and payment plans do work. Harris County typically collects 98 percent of the money owed on delinquent accounts before turning the rest over to collections.

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez

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Laurie Johnson-Ramirez leads news coverage for Houston Public Media across broadcast and digital platforms. Ramirez is a native Houstonian who started her career at Houston Public Media in 2002. Before becoming News Director, Ramirez held the position of Executive Producer for Daily News, leading daily and breaking news coverage, helping...

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