Thursday, January 7, 2010
Tax services available at Byhalia substation
By SUE WATSON
This is the time of year when folks are thinking about paying their 2009 property taxes.
Property owners living in the northwestern portion of the county - Barton, Byhalia, Warsaw, Watson, Cayce Road and Highway 309 - can conveniently pay their property taxes at the Byhalia substation, where they can also come in and file homestead exemption applications starting this week.
Marshall County Tax Assessor Juanita Dillard said she will be at the Byhalia office on Highway 309 North of Byhalia on Tuesdays and Fridays each week January through March. Office hours are 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. She will share office space with the tax collector’s office.
Those who want to file an application for homestead exemption or who want to update their applications can come to the Byhalia office on these two days to see Dillard or come to the tax assessor’s office in Holly Springs on Monday through Friday each week, excepting county holidays.
Those who want to sign up for homestead should bring the following with them:
The 2009 real and personal property taxes are due January 1 and become delinquent after February 1. They should be paid by February 1 in order to avoid additional fees and penalties, Dillard said. Interest rates accrue on unpaid taxes after February 1 at a rate of 1 percent per month, she said. Unpaid 2009 taxes, if not remitted before August deadline, will be sold at auction.
A partial payment plan is available, according to tax collector Betty Byrd, for those who cannot pay their entire tax bill before February 1.
Taxpayers may pay their 2009 taxes in three payments. The first payment due before Februray 1 consists of half the taxes owed. An additional one-fourth of the taxes owed must be paid before May 1. The last one-fourth of the taxes owed must be paid by July 1, according to state tax laws, Byrd said.
“The bottom line is that’s the way the partial payment plan works by law. I can’t take more than three partial payments and the first one cannot be less than half the taxes owed. The 2009 taxes, if split into three payments, will, however, be accepted at any time until the delinquent taxes go into the tax sale,” Byrd said.
If any balance is due after partial payment, the land taxes have to go through the tax sale if not paid by the August deadline, Byrd said.
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