Beware of Tax Lien Transfer Companies
Apply Online for a Monthly Payment Plan Instead
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 5, 2013
Contact: Tiffany Seward
Phone: (512) 854-9473
Travis County taxpayers who missed the January 31 payment deadline may begin to receive letters from property tax lien transfer companies offering assistance. The loans offered by these companies often come with interest rates that are much higher than paying taxes directly to the tax office. Taxpayers who need to make payment arrangements may apply online. This service allows the applicant to view exactly how much monthly payments will be with penalty and interest.
“We want taxpayers to make an informed decision and not be intimidated by marketing scare tactics sometimes used by companies providing loans. Customers should read any information they receive carefully and be aware that some letters even look like they are coming from a government office,” says Bruce Elfant, Tax Assessor-Collector.
By law, penalty and interest begins to accrue on all unpaid taxes starting February 1, 2013. In the first month of delinquency, penalty and interest total 7% and increase each month thereafter. In a year’s time, the total reaches 24%.
There are several other ways to contact the tax office to request a payment plan:
- Send an email requesting a payment arrangement to Tax_Office@traviscountytx.gov.
- Send a request by regular mail to: Travis County Tax Office / P O Box 149328 / Austin, TX 78714-9328 including your contact information for a return call, email or letter back from our office.
- Request a payment arrangement in person by visiting the main tax office location at 5501 Airport Boulevard, Austin, TX 78751. (Map)
- Request a payment arrangement by telephone at (512) 854-9473.
Office hours for telephone customers and visitors at the main office are 7:30 am – 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday.
Last Modified: Tuesday, February 5, 2013 9:56 AM