Paying property taxes in Baxter County just got a lot easier thanks to a new online payment system offered by Baxter County Tax Collector Teresa Smith. Residents can visit ar.gov/baxtertax and enter a taxpayer number to begin. The system will prompt residents through secure payment screens and quickly provide a payment confirmation and a receipt for taxpayer records. The payment system will also work on a mobile phone.
“It’s a great step forward to be able to offer this option to pay taxes online,” said Smith. “With today’s technology, folks should not have to be hassled with standing in line at the Collector’s office or mailing in their payments. This system lets you use either a credit card, debit card or eCheck, so you can decide when and how you want to pay.”
Smith said taxpayers can also sign up for a service called eNotify when paying their tax bill online. After registering, eNotify will alert taxpayers by email when their statements are ready, saving the county the costs of paper, postage and manpower used in mailing out forms.
The Baxter County Tax Collector partnered with the state’s eGovernment service provider, Information Network of Arkansas (INA), to develop both the eNotify registration and secure payment system to ensure privacy, security and data integrity. Credit card transactions include a processing fee to cover the cost of the system, which INA developed for the county free of charge.
Baxter County personal property and real estate taxes are due March 1 and must be paid before October 15. Smith reminded citizens that tax bills will be coming out soon. “Once you are ready to pay your taxes, just visit our site, take care of your payment, and don’t worry about property taxes again until next year.”