ALBERT URESTI, MPA
Bexar County Tax Office News
September 26, 2013
- TAX ASSESSOR ALBERT URESTI UNVEILS FIRST MONTHLY PAYMENT PLAN FOR PROPERTY TAXES IN THE STATE OF TEXAS FOR SENIOR CITIZENS, DISABLED PERSONS, AND DISABLED VETERANS!
- URESTI NEGOTIATES FREE E-CHECK AND LOWER DEBIT AND CREDIT CARD TRANSACTION FEES.
- URESTI TO ALSO UNVEIL NEW PRE-PAYMENT PLAN AND AUTOMATIC DEDUCTIONS (RECURRING PAYMENTS) FOR ALL CITIZENS.
Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector, Albert Uresti, reports that the 10-Month Payment Plan for Senior Citizens, Disabled Persons, and/or Disabled Veterans, as well as the Pre-Payment Plan and Automatic Deductions (recurring payments) for all citizens are now a reality as promised. Despite the many obstacles faced and being told that it could not be done, Uresti moved forward to implement the programs he feels will help KEEP FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES.
“I am excited to finally bring Monthly Payment and Pre-Payment Plans, along with Automatic Deductions (recurring payments), to the Citizens of Bexar County as promised. These property tax payment plans will allow our citizens to better budget their money, especially for those citizens on a fixed income, such as our Senior Citizens and our Disabled. Most importantly, these payment plans will further my commitment to help KEEP FAMILIES IN THEIR HOMES,” stated Albert Uresti, Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector.
“We are especially proud to announce that we were able to negotiate FREE E-Check service for our citizens. In addition, we were also successful in lowering the debit and credit card transaction fees. I feel that these lower transaction fees, coupled with our new payment plan options, will double the number of taxpayers on a payment plan, perhaps even triple them,” said Uresti.
An overwhelming majority of taxpayers paid their property taxes in full by the deadline on January 31st; however, over 78,000 taxpayers did select the half payment option. There were also over 16,000 citizens on the 4-payment plan option allowed for persons age 65 years and over and/or disabled.
“The implementation of these new payment plans, along with better and friendlier service, is a big part of our mission to become the BEST Tax Assessor’s Office in the State of Texas,” said Albert Uresti.
The Bexar County Tax Assessor’s office is ready to help you take advantage of these new programs. If you would like to participate in the monthly payment plan, or sign up for our pre-payment plan or automatic deductions (recurring payments), please call our office or visit with our staff as soon as possible during the month of October.
For more information, you can reach the Tax Assessor-Collector customer service representatives at 210-335-2251 or check your property tax account at www.bexar.org/tax.
January 28, 2013
Tax Assessor Uresti Wants to Save
Taxpayers Additional Costs!
January 31st is the last day to pay your 2012 property taxes without penalty and interest. With the final due date fast approaching, the newly elected Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector, Albert Uresti, has an urgent message for taxpayers: "We want our taxpayers to understand that our goal is keep families in their homes and that my office is here to help. Part of improving customer service is educating our citizens on how they can avoid additional charges on their tax bill by paying their taxes on time," said Uresti.
Beginning February 1st, all unpaid tax accounts will be assessed an additional 7% for penalty and interest, which will continue to increase monthly until the taxes are paid in full. The penalty and interest can go as high as 18% by July, plus, an additional 15-20% attorney collection fee will also be charged on July 1, 2013. These penalties, interest, and fees are required by law (not the Tax Assessor) to be added to property owners' bills.
"One of our primary goals continues to be helping our Senior Citizens and our Disabled. These persons with Over-65 and Disability exemptions are offered an additional payment option to choose from, allowing them to pay their taxes in four installments instead of one. Additionally, Senior and Disabled Citizens who do not become delinquent under this 4-Quarter payment plan will not incur any penalties or interest," said Uresti.
These two groups have until January 31st to make the 1st installment of this 4-Quarter payment plan. The bill is broken up into 4 equal installment payments with due dates of January, March, May, and July. Uresti's goal is to make monthly payment plans available to all taxpayers in future years.
To accommodate taxpayers who still need to pay their tax bill by the January 31st deadline, the Tax Assessor-Collector's office will extend its hours of operation. All four locations of the Bexar County Tax Assessor-Collector's offices will be open from 8 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 30th and Thursday, January 31st. In addition to the extended hours, the main office at 233 N. Pecos and W. Martin will have two convenient curb payment drop-off sites open from the hours of 7:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. The other three Tax Assessor substations will also have payment drop-off sites from 4:00 p.m until 6:30 p.m. All drop-off sites will only take checks. All cash and credit card transactions must be conducted inside the tax offices.
Taxpayers who may have misplaced their tax bill or have questions about their 2012 tax amount owed should contact the tax office at (210) 335-2251, or they may verify their bill on the internet by going to the website at www.bexar.org/tax. The internet site also includes expanded payment methods for those who wish to pay by credit card or e-check. Credit card and E-check payments may be made on-line through the Tax Office website, www.bexar.org/tax, or by calling 1-888-852-3572. Transactions must be completed before midnight on January 31st. Credit card and e-Check services have an added processing fee customers must pay to the payment processing companies. Payments mailed to the office must be postmarked by January 31st. Taxpayers who mail payments on the due date are encouraged to register, certify, or obtain a certificate of mailing for their envelope to ensure an accurate postmark date and timely receipt.
Below is the schedule of penalty and interest charges on delinquent property taxes required by the Texas Property Tax Code:
Important: Taxes are due on or before January 31, 2013.
|Month Paid||Penalty||Interest||Total||Collection Fee|
|April||8%||3%||11%||*15-20% (business personal property only)|
|May||9%||4%||13%||*15-20% (business personal property only)|
|June||10%||5%||15%||*15-20% (business personal property only)|
Interest continues at 1% per month until account is paid in full
*In addition to the penalty and interest, some business personal property accounts will incur a 15-20% attorney collection fee on April 1, 2013. All other accounts will incur the attorney collection fee on July 1, 2013 against the remaining tax, penalty, and interest due. Delinquent accounts are subject to lawsuit, and if a suit is filed, additional costs and fees are charged by other offices to process the lawsuit.