Online Staff Report
Annual Winnebago County real estate property tax bills for the year 2013, payable in 2014, will be received in the mail by homeowners, businesses and farms beginning Monday, May 12. The property tax is divided into two equal installments, with due dates of June 13 and Sept. 5.
Tax payments can be made at the Winnebago County Treasurer’s Office, by mail or online at winnebagotreasurer.com. Payments can also be made at many local banks and credit unions after the bill has been received. Tax payment stubs or computer-generated copy of tax bills are required with payments made at banks or credit unions.
There are two options for payment on the website: E-check, where tax payments are automatically withdrawn from your checking account through Riverside Bank, or though Paymentus. Paying by e-check is a free service offered by Riverside Bank. An account with Riverside Bank is not required.
The Paymentus system accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover credit transactions and debit-card payments using VISA or Mastercard. There is a $2.95 convenience fee for using a debit card, and a 2.35 percent (of the bill being paid) fee for credit cards. Payments through Paymentus may also be made by calling (855) 385-1174. The convenience fee is charged by Paymentus. It is not collected by the Winnebago County Treasurer’s Office.
Any property owner who does not receive a tax bill by June 2, 2014, should call the the treasurer’s office at (815) 319-4400 and ask for a duplicate bill. Duplicate bills may also be obtained at winnebagotreasurer.com.
Property owners who have moved and not changed their address are asked to call the office or visit the website to obtain a change-of-address form. Changing addresses at the post office does not change mailing addresses for tax bills. Tax bills are not forwarded to new addresses by the post office. Failure to receive the tax bill does not void the tax or prevent the addition of penalties and costs. The penalty for late payment is 1.5 percent per month.