Tax collector launches new site

Published 11:27 pm Monday, October 6, 2008

Tim Little doesn’t have to answer the question “When can I use my credit/debit card to pay my taxes?” anymore.

That’s because county residents can now pay their taxes online at This new Web site, which was launched less than a week ago by the Chilton County Tax Collector’s office, allows all county residents the ability to renew tax and pay property taxes using a credit card, debit card or electronic check.

Little, the county tax collector, believes this will be a big help to not only the residents but also to his office staff.

“You don’t have to stand in line and wait anymore; they can just go to the Web site and pay the taxes there,” he said. “It also eliminates a lot of paperwork that we have to do. Once someone pays online, then we can go back and process it. I like everything so far.”

October is the month when more than 29,500 notices are sent out for people to pay their taxes. All residents have until Dec. 31 to pay their taxes before they become delinquent.

Although the site has not been operational very long, Little said they have been busy with online payments. Yesterday, 25 parcels were paid online.

The site is relatively easy for anyone to use. Upon logging on to the main page, users can click on the “Search, View and Pay Taxes Here” link. Once there, users can search for their tax statement by last name, PPIN or parcel number. The resident can then add the property payment to their virtual shopping cart and then check out.

A three-percent convenience fee and a 30-cent per transaction fee is added to each payment. All transactions are handled through PayPal. The site will also tell you when the taxes have been paid.

Little expects this to be a big help to the county especially at the end of the year.

“It will be a big benefit to people at the end of the year,” Little said. “Some might not have the money to pay for their taxes after the holidays, and they might put it on their credit card to avoid getting a late fee.”