Official Payments Corporation announced a new service agreement with the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office in Tampa, Fla.
The service will allow citizens of Hillsborough County, which includes the city of Tampa, to pay personal property and real estate taxes by credit card over the Internet or via the telephone. Official Payments is the leading provider of credit card tax payment systems via its Internet and telephone systems. The company has similar agreements with the Internal Revenue Service, 18 state governments and over 900 counties and municipalities in 48 states.
Hillsborough’s systems will include a new lookup feature enabling taxpayers to access securely their personal payment information, such as amount owed, on Hillsborough County’s Web site or interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system. The taxpayer is then transferred to Official Payments to make that payment, eliminating the need to re-enter payment information.
“These new services assist me in the achievement of making the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office one of the most modern and cost-effective workplaces in the state,” said Doug Belden, Hillsborough County Tax Collector. “Every change we make should either improve service to the public or make the workplace better for our employees. This system provided by Official Payments Corp. will help us accomplish both.”
“This new business in the Tampa Bay area is a significant step in broadening our local business development in Florida,” said Thomas R. Evans, Chairman & CEO of Official Payments. “Hillsborough County represents a substantial tax base and revenue opportunity for our company, and Doug Belden is a pioneer in e-government in the state of Florida. We are delighted to welcome the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office as a partner.”
Annually, Hillsborough County collects over $700 million in real estate taxes and $147 million in personal property taxes. County statistics place the average annual real estate tax bill at $2,100, and the average annual personal property tax bill at $3,200. The new service in Hillsborough is now live and accepting payments. Real estate and property tax payments are due in Hillsborough County on Nov. 1, 2001. Taxpayers can make their payment using American Express(R), Discover Card(R), MasterCard(R) or Visa(R) by calling 813/635-5200 or by visiting the Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s site at on the Internet. Hillsborough payments can also be made via the Official Payments Web site at www.officialpayments.com. Official Payments charges taxpayers a convenience fee for processing these credit card transactions; rates vary depending on the amount changed. The fee schedule can be found on the Internet at www.officialpayments.com. Taxpayers using credit cards with bonus rewards programs can, depending on their card’s program, earn rewards, points, and cash-back or airline frequent flyer miles for paying their taxes.
About Official Payments Corporation
Official Payments Corporation (Nasdaq:OPAY) is the leading provider of electronic payment options to government entities. The company’s principal business is enabling consumers to pay their government taxes, fees, fines, and utility bills by credit card, via Internet and telephone. The company is unequaled in market penetration and national footprint. Official Payments has agreements to collect and process credit card payments with the Internal Revenue Service, 18 state governments, the District of Columbia, and over 900 county and municipal governments in 48 states across the United States. In 2000, Official Payments collected and processed over $925 million in federal, state and local government payments.
Official Payments was founded in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996. Thomas R. Evans, the former President & CEO of the Internet company GeoCities, became Chairman & CEO of Official Payments in the summer of 1999. Mr. Evans brought Official Payments public in November of 1999, raising $80 million in its IPO on the NASDAQ national market. The company’s success in new client acquisition, increasing business with its existing clients and in building consumer awareness can be attributed to the combination of an enormous market opportunity with a highly skilled and experienced management and staff, aggressive sales and marketing, and a core competency in developing and implementing leading-edge technical systems.Details