The last day to pay 2018 taxes without penalty and interest for those participating in half/split pay (first half no later than November 30th and second half by June 30th) is July 1st (whenever a deadline falls on a holiday or weekend, it is extended to the next business day). Coupons for these payments were mailed May 15th. If you did not receive the coupon, call the Property Tax Department for the amount remaining or go online to
Those having difficulty paying 2018 property taxes will also have until July 1st to establish a payment agreement in order to avoid the 15% to 20% delinquent attorney fees that will be added July 2nd. Partial payments of taxes are accepted and penalties, interest and fees will only apply on the unpaid balance.
Although unpaid taxes accrue interest at a rate of 1% per month beginning in February, penalties are assessed at 6% the first month and increase 1% each month until July at which time they jump to 12% of the unpaid balance. “What this means is that penalties and interest total 18% July 2nd. Add to that the 15% to 20% delinquent attorney fee and a property owner will owe the base tax plus a total of from 33% to 38% in penalties, interest and attorney fees,” stated County Tax Assessor Cheryl Johnson.
Those unable to pay their entire tax bill should contact the Property Tax Department (409-766-2481 or toll free at 877-766-2284) or come to the Galveston Office at 722 Moody between 8 am and 5 pm Monday through Friday in order to make arrangements to pay. “Please avoid the unnecessary additional cost of the 15% to 20% attorney fee,” urged Johnson. “We want to work with our property owners and get these taxes taken care of as soon as possible in order to reduce the burden of unnecessary additional costs.”
Cash, checks, credit and debit cards are accepted at any of the four full time Tax Office locations in Galveston, League City, Santa Fe, or Texas City, at the Friendswood satellite office each Thursday and Friday and Crystal Beach satellite the 3rd Tuesday of each month. For directions or locations, please call our Support Services team toll free 1-877-766-2284. They can redirect you to a Property Tax Specialist as needed.
Customers may also go online and pay via credit card or electronic check at www.galcotax.com and click on the large red button to locate their account. You may also use a credit card via telephone by calling (toll free) 1-866-865-1433 (English) or 1-866-865-1435 (Spanish). Credit card payments incur an additional convenience fee of 2.5%. Electronic checks incur a $1 bank fee. Payments may be mailed to PO Box 1169, Galveston, Texas 77553 or left in GCTO drop boxes outside of each full time location.
Cheryl E. Johnson, PCC Galveston County Tax Assessor-Collector