Col­lec­tor’s of­fice ex­tends hours ahead of 2019 tax dead­line

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Dana Guthrie [email protected]­ton­courier.com

With the dead­line fast ap­proach­ing to pay per­sonal prop­erty taxes with­out penalty, the Sa­line County Col­lec­tor’s Of­fice will ex­tend hours to pro­vide ad­di­tional time to pay.

“Af­ter Oct. 15, peo­ple will have to pay a 10 per­cent penalty that is ap­plied,” said Sa­line County Tax Col­lec­tor Joy Bal­lard.

Bal­lard said that the Ben­ton lo­ca­tion of the tax col­lec­tor’s of­fice will have ex­tended hours on Oct. 11, as well as, Oct. 14 and 15. The of­fice hours will be from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and is lo­cated at 215 North Main, Suite 3. The Bryant lo­ca­tion will not have ex­tended hours.

“We also have our drop box avail­able on the out­side at the front of our build­ing,” Bal­lard said. “Peo­ple can drop their checks in along with their tax ID num­ber and their ad­dress.”

Bal­lard said that the pre­ferred pay­ment for the drop­box is a check or money or­der rather than cash. In the case of delin­quent taxes, only cash or credit card pay­ments will be ac­cepted.

It is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of Sa­line County taxpay­ers to en­sure that their per­sonal prop­erty and real es­tate taxes are paid in full and on time. Arkansas Law does not al­low for Bal­lard to re­move penal­ties and in­ter­est. Fail­ure to re­ceive a state­ment does not ex­cuse a res­i­dent from the taxes or the penal­ties and in­ter­est ac­crued due to late pay­ments or non­pay­ments.

“Last year we had a cou­ple of peo­ple with very large, large tax bills who dropped their pay­ment off at the post of­fice af­ter 4:30 there­fore it did not get post­marked for the 15th,” Bal­lard said. “They had to pay the penalty…the thing is, I treat ev­ery­body the same. If you drop it at the post of­fice and it doesn’t get post­marked the 15th, you’re go­ing to get a penalty.”

There are a num­ber of penal­ties as­so­ci­ated with delin­quent taxes. In ad­di­tion to pay­ing a ten per­cent penalty, a num­ber of fees will also be added to the amount due. Names and ad­dresses of those with delin­quent taxes will be pub­lished in the lo­cal news­pa­per and on so­cial me­dia. A tax lien my also be filed and gar­nish­ment pro­ceed­ing may be au­tho­rized. Ad­di­tion­ally, a cer­tifi­cate of in­debt­ed­ness may be filed at the Sa­line County Cir­cuit Clerk’s Of­fice for tax eva­sion.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the tax dead­line, pay­ment op­tions or to pay taxes on­line, go to https://www. salinecol­lec­tor.ar.gov or call 501303-5620.

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