The Smith County Communications Office strives to promote transparency by providing the public with the most accurate, accessible and up-to-date information possible while promoting the county's brand and message of "Striving for Excellence."
Located on the first floor of the Smith County Annex Building
200 E. Ferguson, Suite 100
Tyler, Texas 75702
Email: Casey Murphy
Property Tax Statements Due
Smith County property taxes are due January 31, 2020.
Smith County Tax Assessor-Collector Gary Barber said his office has received several reports from people claiming they have not received their tax bills in the mail.
Smith County property tax statements were mailed out in October. Taxpayers are encouraged to go online at publictax.smith-county.com to pay their tax bills, print their tax bills or to check their status. They can also call the Smith County Tax Office at 903-590-2920 to check their status and request another bill be mailed to them.
Failure to receive a tax bill by a taxpayer does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest fees. “I will not be able to waive those charges because the person did not receive a bill,” Barber said.
Some people who reported not receiving a tax bill in the mail had forgot they had already paid their taxes. Some people’s property taxes are paid by their mortgage companies, Barber said.
In October, Barber’s office mailed out 186,000 total property tax statements. The bills are due upon receipt, and must be walked in or postmarked by January 31, 2020, to avoid delinquency.
When you pay online with an e-check (bank account and routing numbers are needed), it is free. You can skip the line at the Tax Office and do not have to pay postage, Barber said. It is the responsibility of the taxpayer to make sure all accounts are included and banking information is correct to avoid additional fees.
The Tax Office also takes payments in person with cash, check, money order and debit or credit cards. A 2.5 percent fee is added to debit or credit card payments.
Barber said his office does take partial payments, and he encourages people to pay what they can, when they can since late fees are only added to the balance due.
Once delinquent, 7 percent penalties and interest are added to what is due. Those fees increase by 2 percent for each month payments are late. If the property taxes are not paid by July 1, 2020, there are 33 percent in penalty, interest and collection fees added to the account, Barber said.
For those who have paid off their mortgage company within the last year, and who have not received a property tax bill directly, Barber asks them to call his office as soon as possible.
Everyone who owns property in the state of Texas owes property taxes unless exempted by law, he said.
The Tax Office is located in the Cotton Belt Building, at 1517 W. Front St. in Tyler. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Property tax payments can also be made in person at the Tax Office Branches, at 2616 S. Main St. in Lindale; and in Noonday, at 15405 Highway 155 South.
For more information, call 903-590-2920.