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    Payments
    1. Who do I make my check payable to?
    2. Where do I mail my payments?
    3. When do taxes become delinquent?
    4. If I deposit my payment in the Drop Box when will the payment be posted?
    5. I never received a Tax Notice can I pay without Penalty & Interest?
    6. If I am Disabled or Over 65 and live on a fixed income is there a special payment plan for me?
    7. Can I pay my taxes by Credit/Debit Card or by ECheck?
    8. What are the methods of payment accepted in the Tax Office?
    9. What should I do if I received a Tax Notice and my Mortgage Company is supposed to pay my taxes?
    School Taxes
    1. Why do I have to pay school taxes if I do not have children in school?
    2. I am Over 65 years of age. Why do I still have to pay taxes?
    3. I bought my house after Jan. 1st am I liable for the full year taxes?
    Exemptions
    1. Do I qualify for an exemption of taxes?
    2. I just turned 65 am I entitled to an additional Exemption?
    Appraised Value Too High
    1. My property is valued too high, who do I need to contact?
    Personal Property
    1. I received a Tax Notice for a business I own but I do not own the building or land. Do I have to pay the taxes?
    2. I received a Tax Notice for a business I sold or closed after Jan. 1st, am I liable for the taxes due for that year?
    Delinquent Taxes
    1. I am Disabled or Over 65 and not able to pay my taxes. Is my property subject to be sold by the tax office to pay for delinquent taxes?
    2. The property next door to me has been abandoned. If I pay the delinquent taxes on the property will the property be mine?
    3. What happens if I do not pay my taxes?
    4. Can I set up an Installment Agreement to pay Delinquent Taxes?
    5. If I serve in the armed forces, may a taxing unit waive penalty and interest due on delinquent taxes?
    6. What happens if the deadline to pay taxes falls on a holiday or week-end?
    7. When do taxes become delinquent?
    Land Accounts
    1. I received a tax notice for property I sold after Jan. 1st. Who do I notify?
    Higher Taxes
    1. Why are my taxes higher this year than last year?
    FAQ

    Payments

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    QWho do I make my check payable to?
    APlease make your checks payable to Pasadena ISD.

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    QWhere do I mail my payments?
    AMail your payments to P. O. Box 1318 Pasadena, TX 77501

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    QWhen do taxes become delinquent?
    ATaxes are due upon receipt of the Tax Notice and become delinquent on Feb. 1st.

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    QIf I deposit my payment in the Drop Box when will the payment be posted?
    APayments deposited in the Drop Box will be posted to the account on the next business day and receipted for the date the payment was deposited in the Drop Box.

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    QI never received a Tax Notice can I pay without Penalty & Interest?
    AAccording to the Property Tax Code, failing to send or receive a tax bill does not affect the validity of the tax, penalty or interest due by an individual, the taxes, delinquency date, the existence of a tax lien, or any procedure the taxing unit institutes to collect the tax. The responsibility lies with the property owner to inquire as to taxes due on their property.

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    QIf I am Disabled or Over 65 and live on a fixed income is there a special payment plan for me?
    AYes, homeowners that qualify for disabled or over 65 exemptions may pay the current taxes in four quarterly installments. The first installment must reach our office before February 1st with a request to apply for the installment agreement. The remaining payments are due before April 1st, June 1st and August 1st. There is no penalty or interest due unless an installment is not paid timely. Each late installment will accrue 6% penalty and 1% interest for each month delinquent.

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    QCan I pay my taxes by Credit/Debit Card or by ECheck?
    AYes. An independent company, not affiliated with PISD will process your Credit Card Payment by calling 1-866-257-0749 or by logging on to: http://taxoffice.pasadenaisd.org There is a fee for the service.

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    QWhat are the methods of payment accepted in the Tax Office?
    AThe PISD Tax Office accepts, checks, Money Orders, Cashier Checks and Cash. Payments made by check may be converted to an electronic funds transfer.

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    QWhat should I do if I received a Tax Notice and my Mortgage Company is supposed to pay my taxes?
    AIf your Mortgage Company is supposed to pay your taxes, send them a copy of the notice & keep one for your records. This information will be handy when filing for your Income Tax in April. You should also review the information for accuracy.

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    School Taxes

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    QWhy do I have to pay school taxes if I do not have children in school?
    ASchool taxes are assessed to everyone who owns property within the districts boundaries and are set according to the appraised value of that property.

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    QI am Over 65 years of age. Why do I still have to pay taxes?
    AThe School District offers a Homestead and Over 65 exemption for those who qualify. If the value of your home is more than the amount of the exemptions applied you will pay taxes on the remainder.

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    QI bought my house after Jan. 1st am I liable for the full year taxes?
    AIf your purchase was handled thru a title company please refer to the Summary worksheet as to how the Taxes for the year were handled. In most cases the new owner is liable for the full year as credit for the sellers part of the taxes has been given in the closing costs.

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    Exemptions

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    QDo I qualify for an exemption of taxes?
    AHarris County Appraisal District is charged with the responsibility of granting exemptions. You can contact Harris County Appraisal District at 713-812-5800 for questions regarding exemptions. The applications are free. There is no need to pay a company for filling out your application. It is a simple process.

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    QI just turned 65 am I entitled to an additional Exemption?
    AIf you are a homeowner aged 65 or older you qualify for more exemptions. You will need to file for the additional exemption through Harris County Appraisal District. They can be reached at 713-812-5800.

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    Appraised Value Too High

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    QMy property is valued too high, who do I need to contact?
    AIf you feel your property has not been properly appraised please contact Harris County Appraisal District, 713-812-5800.

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    Personal Property

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    QI received a Tax Notice for a business I own but I do not own the building or land. Do I have to pay the taxes?
    AThe taxes are based on value associated with the inventory, furniture, fixtures, machinery and or equipment used to run your business and not with the actual building or land value. You are liable for those taxes due if you were doing business on January 1st.

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    QI received a Tax Notice for a business I sold or closed after Jan. 1st, am I liable for the taxes due for that year?
    AIf you were doing business on the 1st day of the year you are liable for the taxes for the full year. You must report the sale or closing of your business to Harris County Appraisal District in order to ensure the account is closed for the following year.

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    Delinquent Taxes

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    QI am Disabled or Over 65 and not able to pay my taxes. Is my property subject to be sold by the tax office to pay for delinquent taxes?
    AYes, unless you qualify your homestead for a Tax Deferral. However, your tax liability is only postponed and not canceled. Your delinquent taxes will continue to accrue interest at the rate of 8% per year once the deferral is granted. If a lawsuit has already been filed to collect delinquent taxes you will need to file a Tax Deferral Affidavit. Contact Harris County Appraisal District to file for the tax deferral at 713-812-5800.

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    QThe property next door to me has been abandoned. If I pay the delinquent taxes on the property will the property be mine?
    ANo. You can certainly pay on anyone's delinquent taxes. However, that in itself will not make you the owner of the property. The property owner has certain rights that protect their interest in the property.

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    QWhat happens if I do not pay my taxes?
    ALegal action will be taken against you to collect on the taxes due. That action may result in the sale of your property. If you owe delinquent taxes you should contact this office immediately.

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    QCan I set up an Installment Agreement to pay Delinquent Taxes?
    AYes, if you qualify, an installment agreement may be set up to pay off delinquent years due. Contact our office for additional information.

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    QIf I serve in the armed forces, may a taxing unit waive penalty and interest due on delinquent taxes?
    AState law allows you to request a waiver of penalty and interest on your delinquent taxes if you are in the United States armed forces during a war or national emergency declared in accordance with federal laws. To receive the waiver, you should file a Military Property Owner's Request for Waiver of Delinquent Penalty and Interest form within 60 days from the earliest date of the following events: 1. discharge from active military service 2. return to the state for more than 10 days 3. return to non-active duty status in the reserves 4. the war or national emergency ends

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    QWhat happens if the deadline to pay taxes falls on a holiday or week-end?
    AIf a deadline falls on a holiday or week-end the deadline is extended to the next business day.

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    QWhen do taxes become delinquent?
    ATaxes are due upon receipt of the tax notice and become delinquent on Feb. 1st.

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    Land Accounts

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    QI received a tax notice for property I sold after Jan. 1st. Who do I notify?
    AIf you have the new owners info please forward that to our office with the notice mailed to you. Otherwise, you will need to contact Harris County Appraisal District to report the ownership change. They can be contacted at 713-812-5800.

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    Higher Taxes

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    QWhy are my taxes higher this year than last year?
    AThere are several reasons your taxes may have increased. 1st, check your exemptions. Your exemptions may have been denied. You must contact Harris County Appraisal District for an explanation. 2nd check the Appraised Value. If your value has increased you must contact Harris County Appraisal District for an explanation. 3rd the tax rate may have increased. The current tax rate is stated on your tax notice.

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