Government beat: Counties would like taxpayers to give electronic payment a try

  • Article by: local governmentLaurie Blake
  • Updated: October 11, 2013 - 2:08 PM

With Minnesota property taxes due Oct. 15, counties are encouraging more of us to move to electronic payments — a more cost-effective way to go.

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johnmcfaddenOct. 10, 13 6:48 PM

I think i will purposely pay with check from now on. Anything to inconvenience the tax collectors of this state in even a small way is a win for me. The capriciousness of taxes in general and the most regressive of them all is the property tax. But they could put THEIR money where their mouth is and give people a Discount for paying Online vs using a check. This novel thought likely never occurred to them though

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holstjOct. 10, 13 6:51 PM

The system isn't smart enough to know someone already paid and accepts a 2nd or even a 3rd payment for the same tax period? Did someone build this at home with Excel?

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chocoholic24Oct. 10, 13 7:00 PM

It may be more cost effective for the county, but it certainly isn't for the taxpayer. The "convenience fee" is obscene. When it is cheaper to pay electronically than put a stamp on an envelope, people will start paying electronically.

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hartman551Oct. 10, 13 7:03 PM

A 1% fee to pay electronically? Why? Better a 1% discount. Check payments require more bookkeeping time, not to mention bounced checks, etc. This fee is simply added to upgrade the tax bite; e.g., a $700 payment costs $7 more. Why? Keith Hartman North Victoria Ave.

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freedubayOct. 10, 13 7:24 PM

Only a government official would think its more "cost efficient" when it costs you $1 to pay your taxes using E-check.

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mcamnetOct. 10, 13 7:38 PM

If it's more efficient and cost-effective for the county to accept an electronic payment, then why don't they offer a $1 discount to the taxpayer if you pay electronically?? versus charging extra.. Typical government mentality.

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quietrebelcOct. 10, 13 7:44 PM

Ah, the stupidity of government! First, some mortgage companies require taxes be escrowed through them. Secondly, as another person commented, if government is trying to move us to a new method of payment that's easier for government, why are they charging us, especially if it is more cost-effective for government?

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thefettlerOct. 10, 13 7:48 PM

I went to Hen. Co's website to pay my property tax last week. Spent a couple of minutes trying to figure out how to pay them. The website is not clear. Just a home page. Gave up and wrote the check. 2 things need to happen. Give a discount to pay online. Include a link on my stub that is a webpage to pay the tax. Until then I will pay by check.

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LilBeaverOct. 10, 13 7:57 PM

Paper checks have worked well for me for nearly sixty years and I expect them to continue to work as long as I live. Now if the counties don't like it they can either do away with property taxes which I consider questionably legal or lump it. Should they attempt to refuse a check I will personally make a point to pay them with the lowest possible denomination of U.S. currency available most likely the lowly copper penny! I'll haul them in plastic buckets with a two wheel cart and demand the return of my buckets before I leave!

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janderson2Oct. 10, 13 8:00 PM

As soon as the govt pays the $1 fee for electronic payment I'll do it. But I refuse to pay more just formgovt convenience.

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