Tax bills, receipts and payment plans are available online. January 31, 2017 is the 2016 property tax deadline. Penalty and interest, beginning at 7% of the unpaid balance, will be added on February 1, 2017.

Delinquent Tax Basics

The Tax Office mails a delinquent tax statement to every property owner with unpaid taxes in February as required by law. The delinquent tax bill includes the balance with penalty and interest.

Penalty and Interest

The Tax Assessor-Collector does not have the authority to remove penalty and interest.

By law, delinquent taxes incur 7% penalty and interest on February 1st. If January 31st falls on a weekend or holiday, the delinquency date is postponed until the next business day.

Penalty and Interest Schedule

Month Penalty Interest Total P&I
February 6% 1% 7%
March 7% 2% 9%
April 8% 3% 11%
May 9% 4% 13%
June 10% 5% 15%
July 12% 6% 18%
August 12% 7% 19%
September 12% 8% 20%
October 12% 9% 21%
November 12% 10% 22%
December 12% 11% 23%
January 12% 12%* 24%

  *Interest continues to accrue at the rate of 1% per month until taxes are paid in full.

Residence Homesteads

Effective September 1, 2013, owners with delinquent property taxes on a residence homestead may enter into a homestead payment plan. Under this plan, penalty is frozen upon entering into a signed agreement and making the first delinquent payment.

Requirements:

  • The owner may not have entered into a payment plan in the preceding 24 months.
  • The payment plan must provide for equal monthly payments for a period of at least 12 months.
  • Interest continues to accrue at the rate of 1% per month until the taxes are paid in full.
  • If the owner fails to meet the terms of the agreement, the penalty will no longer be frozen. Taxes will be recalculated as if the owner never entered into a payment plan.

Mortgages

Timely payment of your property taxes may be a requirement of your loan. The mortgage company can pay your delinquent taxes and add them to your monthly payment. Contact your mortgage company or refer to your loan contract for additional information.

Payment Plans

Pay as much as you can before the deadline. Partial payments made before the delinquency date are not subject to penalty and interest.

Online

Requirements:

  • Valid email address
  • Agree to pay in full within 12 months for real estate property or within 6 months for business personal property
  • Are currently in good standing on any other accounts showing current or delinquent taxes due

Get Started:

  • Search for your account
  • Click on your account number to view the account details
  • Click on the payment agreement button at the bottom of the page

E-mail

E-mail your proposal to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Include:

  • Account number
  • Property address
  • Owner's name
  • Proposed payment amount
  • Proposed duration(3-12 months)
  • Daytime phone number

Mail

To apply for a payment plan by mail, write "Proposal" in the bottom left-hand corner of your envelope.

Include:

  • Account number
  • Property address
  • Owner's name
  • Proposed payment amount
  • Proposed duration(3-12 months)
  • Daytime phone number

Mail to:

Travis County Tax Office
PO Box 149328
Austin, TX 78714-9328

In Person

Payment plans are offered at our main office located at 5501 Airport Blvd, Austin, TX 78751 between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Appointments are not accepted.

Phone

Contact our office at (512) 854-9473 for assistance over the phone. During high volume times, a member of our team will submit your information for further review and you will be contacted at a later date to finalize the agreement.

I never received a tax bill. Do I still have to pay penalties and interest?

Yes. In Texas, it is the responsibility of the property owner to pay taxes before the delinquency date even if the bill is not received. Our office provides property tax information online, by phone, and by email to assist owners who have not received a bill. Tax bills mailed on or before January 10th are due upon receipt and become delinquent on February 1st. The Tax Assessor-Collector does not have authority to remove penalties and interest.

I just purchased my home and the taxes were paid at closing. Why did I receive a delinquent bill?

Check your closing documents and contact your title company to determine how the taxes were collected. In many cases, the new owner is given a credit from the buyer and becomes responsible for paying the entire tax bill in full.