Partial payments, credit cards OK'd for Property tax

Beginning Oct. 1, 2013, the Cannon County Trustee’s Office will accept partial payments options in addition to adding the option of credit or debit card payments for property taxes, announced Trustee Wayne Prater.

 Prater presented his updated payment plans to members of the Cannon County Commission last Tuesday (Sept. 10).

 The partial payment plan will divide the total tax bill due by an equal number of months during the collection period of Oct. 1 through Feb. 28 or will accept the partial amount the taxpayer wants to pay at that time, Prater said.

 If total taxes due are not paid in full before Feb. 28, penalties and interest will begin to accrue on March 1 on the unpaid balance only, he said.

 Taxpayers can still pay in the trustee’s office from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and from 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays. In addition, payments can be made through the mail to Cannon County Trustee, 290 W. Main St., Woodbury, TN 37190. Stamped self-addressed envelopes are required for the return of receipts.

 “You will also have the freedom to use your Visa, Mastercard and Discover for payment from the comfort of your own home through an online lookup and payment at,” Prater said.

 “This website will also be a convenient way to check for payment by your mortgage company or just so you can check the amount of your property taxes,” the trustee said.

 The trustee’s office also aids elderly, qualified veterans or their widows and disabled taxpayers in application and certification with the Tennessee State Property Tax Relief Program. The state will pay a portion of qualified applicants’ property tax for their homes. Applications for the 2013 tax year must be completed no later than 35 days after the Feb. 28 tax payment deadline, April 7, 2014, for the 2013 tax year.

 The Property Assessor, not the Trustee’s office, is responsible for reappraising the property values on which taxes have been assessed. If your mailing address should change, please notify the Property Assessor’s office at 625-563-5437.

 Tennessee law does not require the mailing of tax notices indicating the amount of taxes due. Property owners are presumed to know that taxes are due without personal notification. Failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve the responsibility of payment, or is it a reason for penalty and interest charges to be waived if the tax bill becomes delinquent.

 Cannon County tax notices should be mailed around Sept. 30, 2013.