Murfreesboro taxpayers have the opportunity to make partial payments on their tax bills if they cannot pay the entire amount at one time, according to city officials.
“This is one way we feel we can assist those of our taxpayers who may be having difficulty paying their property taxes all at one time,” said Melissa Wright, city recorder for the Murfreesboro Tax Department.
Rules for participation were devised and approved by the Tennessee State Comptroller’s office.
Tax notices are payable until Monday, Dec. 31, and considered delinquent on Jan. 1, 2013, she said.
Once delinquencies are turned over to the Rutherford County Chancery Court, properties with remaining balances are subject to lien.
For those wishing to take advantage of the partial payment plan, rules set forth by enabling council legislation are as follows:
1. Partial payments of property taxes may not be made more than twice in one calendar month.
2. Partial payments of property taxes may not be made in installments of less than $50, except for final payment.
3. Any voucher issued pursuant to a relief program shall be used as all or a portion of the final payment.
4. Partial payments made after the delinquency date will first be applied to outstanding penalties and interest and then to the remaining tax balance.
5. Any payments made on or after the first day of any month after the delinquency date will decrease the penalty and interest for the following month only.
6. Wright or a designee shall have the ability to accept payments more frequently or in smaller amounts than specified herein if the city determines that unusual circumstances provide good cause for doing so.
7. Wright will accept partial payments made by cash, check or money order but not by electronic funds transfer.
For more information, contact Wright at 615-893-5210.