Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber wants to remind the public that property taxes are due Thursday, January 31, 2019.
Here are a few tips on how to get your taxes in on time:
The easiest and fastest way to pay your taxes is online via www.smith-county.com. Paying with an e-check is free and there is a 2.5 percent convenience fee charged when you pay with a debit or credit card. The direct link is https://www.smith-county.com/government/elected-officials/tax-assessor/property-taxes
Checks have to be made out to Gary Barber or the Smith County Tax Office. If it is made out to the wrong person or entity and has to be mailed back to you, your payment will be late.
If mailing your payment to the Smith County Tax Office, please address it to the Smith County Tax Office at PO Box 2011, Tyler, Texas, 75710; or the Smith County Tax Office at 1517 W. Front St., Tyler, Texas, 75702.
The price of stamps/postage is going up from 50 cents to 55 cents on Sunday, January 27. Please make sure you have the right amount of postage when mailing your payment. If your payment is returned because of lack of postage, it will be late.
If mailing your payment, it must be postmarked by January 31, 2019. If you drop it in your mailbox on that date, it most likely will not be postmarked on that date.
The Tax Office cannot waive penalty or interest rates for late payments.
You can pay your taxes in person at the Cotton Belt Building, 1517 W. Front St. in Tyler, or at two branch offices: 2616 South Main St. in Lindale; or 15405 Highway 155 South in Noonday. The Tyler, Lindale and Noonday Offices are open 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.
On Thursday, January 31, Barber will be stationed outside in the parking lot of the Cotton Belt Building, 1517 W. Front St. in Tyler, to take drive-thru payments. In order to drop off your payments without leaving your car, please provide payment inside an envelope, which has your name and phone number on it in case the Tax Office has questions regarding your payment.