Taxpayers in Missouri have one last day to pay real estate and personal property taxes without penalty, and that deadline has resulted in long lines in county collectors’ offices in Jasper and Newton counties.
Offices of the Jasper County collector will stay open until 4:30 p.m. today in Joplin and Carthage. The Newton County collector’s office in Neosho will be open until 5 p.m.
In Missouri, the offices collect real estate and personal property taxes that are divided among the state, counties, school districts, cities and other taxing entities, such as road districts and fire districts. Tax statements normally are mailed out in November.
Jasper County taxpayers may use drop boxes in Carthage and Joplin, and both counties’ offices also allow payments to be made online and over the telephone, using a credit card.
“We’ve had long lines all day, but we’re keeping up with people,” Steve Holt, Jasper County collector, said Monday.
“We’re also getting a lot of online payments using our website, and telephone payments.”
Jim Otey, Newton County collector, said taxpayers there have been less interested in using any kind of automated payment.
“That’s a very small percentage compared to the ones who pay by mail or in person,” he said. “And today (Monday), lines are all the way down the full length of the courthouse hallway, and it’s been that way most of the day.”
Otey said fewer residents are using credit cards this year. He speculated that some are skipping the option because of the 3 percent charge that must be paid to the credit card company.
“It could also mean people are writing more checks because they have more cash this year,” he said.
Both collectors noted that tax payments postmarked after today will be considered delinquent, and subject to additional taxes and penalties.
Holt said the drop boxes for the collector’s office are located at the west side of the Carthage courthouse and the south side of the Jasper County Courts Building at Sixth Street and Pearl Avenue in Joplin.
TAX PAYMENTS made after the deadline will be subject to a 7 percent penalty and interest at the rate of 2 percent a month.