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Deadline to pay property taxes coming soon

Covington County Revenue Commissioner George Chuck Patterson would like to inform the property and business owners that the deadline to pay property taxes without penalty is getting close.

“As of December 9th we have collected $5.2 million of the $12.9 million property taxes due by December 31, 2020,” Patterson said. “For unpaid property taxes after December 31st, each parcel will incur a 1 percent interest charge, a $5 penalty per parcel and will continue accruing additional expense until May 2021.”

Bills may be paid online at http://www.covcounty.com; by mail; or in person.

There will be a 2.35% processing fee for online payments or by credit card in the office.

The Revenue Commissioner’s office will be closed on Thursday and Friday, December 24, 25th in observance of the Christmas holiday.

“We will reopen with regular business hours on Monday, December 28th,” Patterson said. “If your payment is postmarked by December 31, it will be processed without penalties.

As a reminder, property owners can apply for the over 65 exemption if their birthday was before October 1 of this year.”

If you are applying for the first time for the over 65 exemption, you will need proof of age (Alabama driver’s license) and your federal and state tax returns. If applying for disability exemption you will need supporting documentation to receive the exemption.  Also important for first time homeowners (homestead) and land owners (current use) there are exemptions that need to be applied for before December 31st.

The Revenue Commissioner’s office hours are 8 am until 5 pm.

For more information please call 334-428-2540.