The 2019 tax bills for real estate in the town of Halifax are being mailed next week, and personal property and machine and tool tax notices will be mailed separately prior to Nov. 1 with an accompanying announcement which will outline the Dec. 5 due date both on personal property and machine and tool taxes along with a reminder to taxpayers of the real estate payment for the same deadline, according to Carl Espy, Halifax town manager.

The town will continue offering the payment option for real estate and personal property tax bills using Paymentus Corporation, a third party automated payment service that accepts Visa, MasterCard, Discover and Electronic Check.

The Paymentus payment method can only be accessed online or by phone. This system will not be set up for payments in person at the Halifax Town Hall, although cash and check payments will continue to be accepted in person. Paymentus Corporation will charge a convenience fee for each transaction (the fee covers payment handling and processing charges). Customers should be ready with the following information:

• For real estate, the 5-digit parcel ID number (located on the billing statement),

• For personal property, the 4-digit tax ID number (located on the billing statement),

• The credit card number or checking account and routing number

To pay a bill by phone, dial 1-877-489-1674 to call a secure automated telephone payment system, powered by Paymentus Corporation.

To pay a bill online, go to the town of Halifax website, click on the “Pay Online Taxes” bar at the top and go to a secure third party website at Paymentus Corporation.

The deadline for payment of total real estate tax due is Thursday, Dec. 5.

If a receipt is desired, enclose a self-addressed stamped envelope.

Payments made after the due date are subject to 10% penalty and 10% interest per annum.

Also any real estate or personal property taxes not paid after the second notice will have a $15 administration fee added along with a stop being placed on the owner’s vehicle registration through the Department of Motor Vehicles, incurring an additional fee of $35.

If ownership of property has been transferred during the current tax year, the bill should be forwarded to the responsible party.

For information about the tax assessment of property, contact the county commissioner of revenue’s office at 434-476-3314.

For more information about phone or online payments, call Halifax Town Hall at 434-476-2343.