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Property Tax Payment Deadline Approaching

Hays County Tax Assessor-Collector Jenifer O’Kane reminds property owners that the 2020 property tax payment deadline is fast approaching. She said this year is different than most because the last day to pay property taxes (without penalty and interest) is typically January 31.

“Per the Texas Property Tax Code, however, if the last day to pay taxes falls on a weekend, payment made the next business day is considered timely,” she said. “Therefore, payments made on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, will be considered timely.”

O’Kane added that her office has a variety of payment options available to Hays County residents.

“However, if you prefer to pay in person, we are here for you,” she said.

The payment options available are:

  • Visit www.hayscountytx.com/taxoffice to make a payment via e-check ($0.50 fee applies) or credit/debit card (2.35% fee applies). 
  • Pay by mail: 712 S. Stagecoach Trail, Suite 1120, San Marcos, TX 78666 (Note: mail-in payments are not accepted at precinct offices. Payments are credited as of the postmark date.)
  • Automated phone system (e-check with a $0.50 fee or credit/debit card with a 2.35% fee applies). Call 1.800.300.8007; Extension 9, Select ‘Search by Zip code’, then enter code: 78666 to identify Hays County.
  • Drop off a check in person/in the drop box at any of the Tax Assessor-Collector’s locations; e.g., the main office at the Hays County Government Center and the four precinct offices: Buda, Kyle. Wimberley and Dripping Springs.

O’Kane said beginning Tuesday, Feb. 2, seven (7) percent penalty and interest will be added to property accounts with outstanding balances.

“Taxpayers who are not able to pay the full amount by February 1 are encouraged to pay as much as they’re able, so they accrue as little penalty and interest as possible,” she said.

Persons who pay quarterly and have a) 65-or-older, b) disabled person, or c) disabled veteran tax exemptions and have made their first payment on or before February 1, 2021, will not be assessed penalty and interest.

For questions about property tax bills, email Jenifer.okane@co.hays.tx.us or call 512.393.5545.

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