Collector’s office extends hours ahead of 2019 tax deadline
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.