Official Payments Corporation announced a new business award with Champaign County, IL to provide a service that will allow county residents to pay their real estate taxes by credit card over the telephone. Real estate taxes are due on June 15 and September 5 in Champaign County. To use the new payment service, taxpayers may call toll-free 1-877-ILLEPAY (1-877-455-3729). American Express, Discover Card, MasterCard and Visa are the cards accepted by the program.
The program will assist Champaign County in collection of $155 million annually in real estate taxes; the average bill is $2,300. “This new payment option is part of our commitment to provide the taxpayers with a high level of customer service and convenience,” said Champaign County Treasurer Dan Welch. “The new service allows our taxpayers to make their payments 24 hours a day and seven days a week from the comfort of their home or workplace – anywhere they have access to a telephone,” said Mr. Welch.
Official Payments has similar agreements with over 500 government entities across the country. The company has contacts with the Internal Revenue Service and several state governments, including Illinois, to collect taxes, fees, and fines by credit card over the Internet and telephone.
Official Payments Corp. charges taxpayers a convenience fee for processing these credit card transactions. The fee schedule can be found on the Internet at [www.officialpayments.com]. For example, a taxpayer who owed Champaign County $2,300 and charged their taxes would find a total of $2,356 on their credit card statement: $2,300 for the tax bill and $56 for the convenience fee. American Express, Discover Card, and MasterCard are the credit cards accepted by the program. 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 Corp.
Official Payments Corp. is a leading provider of electronic payment options to government entities. The company enables consumers to pay government fees and taxes via telephone or the Internet, using their credit cards. The company has partnered with the Internal Revenue Service; several state governments, including California, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Oklahoma; and over 490 municipal and county entities, in which it collects property taxes, real estate taxes, parking fines and other government fees by credit card over the telephone and the Internet. The company is publicly traded on Nasdaq under the symbol OPAY. Official Payments Corp. is committed to making payments to the government go fast, smart and safe.