Treasurer: Tax Payment Options
A Message to Peoria County Taxpayers from Edward T. O'Connor, Peoria County Treasurer
Several options are available for you to consider when paying your Peoria County property taxes. Please choose a method of payment that will be convenient for you and will give you the best assurance that your payment will arrive on time and have a proper U.S. Postal Service postmark (if you choose to mail your payment). We ask that you plan the timing of your payment so that you will be assured it gets to us on or before the due date. The 2012 property tax due dates are June 4th and September 4th.
We accept cash, personal checks, credit cards, cashiers checks, and money orders. DO NOT SEND CASH if you are paying by mail. If paying by check, do not postdate any check. If your check is returned by the bank for any reason, you will be charged a $25.00 returned check fee. When paying by money order, we urge you to obtain and keep a paid receipt for the taxes you paid. If, for some reason, you might have to provide future proof of payment of taxes, it is usually impossible to obtain the original of any money order that has been cashed. Depending on your form of payment (cash, check, etc.), please choose one of the following methods to make that payment, so that it is timely and avoids late payment penalties as required by law! Only cash, certified/cashier check, money order or credit card payments will be accepted after October 1, 2013.
METHODS OF PAYMENT
As a reminder, INSTALLMENTS MUST BE PAID IN FULL. Partial payments will be returned, and taxes will remain unpaid until the full installment payment is received. Payments made after their due dates are subject to penalties.
DO NOT COMBINE CREDIT CARDS AND CHECKS FOR TAX PAYMENTS. Please use one method or the other.
Items needed for making electronic or phone payment:
- Parcel number located on the tax bill (one parcel number per transaction)
- Jurisdiction code of 2305 (identifies Peoria County)
- Correct payment amount (payments need to be full installments and if paying late the correct amount of penalty included)
Pay by Electronic Check
Credit Card – There are two easy ways for you to pay with your MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express credit card.
Pay by phone – To pay your property tax by telephone using a credit card, dial 1-800-2PAY-TAX (1-800-272-9829), Jurisdiction Code 2305.
After authorization of your payment, you will be given a confirmation number that you should keep for your records.
Official Payments, the service provider, charges a convenience fee charge based on the amount of your payment. The Treasurer's Office does not receive any portion of this fee. Credit card payments will not be accepted in the Treasurer's Office. The availability of accepting credit card payments is subject to change without notice. To calculate your fee, choose your desired transaction type below:
Pay in person at our office in the Peoria County Courthouse: No worry about the payment being on time, but there are challenges of traffic, parking and standing in line. We only have so much space and so many trained employees – and the lines can be long, so if you choose this option, come to our office a few days ahead of the due date. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Pay by mailing your check to us: If you mail your payment, please mail early and use the mailing address as it appears on your tax statement! Also, be sure to put the correct amount of postage on the envelope – including extra postage for oversized and/or heavy envelopes. We cannot accept mail that has postage due. Mailed payments must have a Postal Service -->postmark on or before the due date to avoid a late-penalty. DO NOT ASSUME THE POST OFFICE WILL PUT THE CURRENT DAY POSTMARK ON YOUR ENVELOPE IF DROPPED OFF AT A MAIL RECEPTACLE AFTER THE POSTED PICKUP TIME. A POSTAGE METER IMPRINT WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AS PROOF OF TIMELY PAYMENT.
Pay in person at a participating bank: Some banks in Peoria County will accept your payment. If paying at a bank, your tax bill payment stub must be present with the payment, banks will not accept it without the tax bill nor do they accept any type of partial payment. In general, these banks may accept your payments only during their regular business hours from about May 1st through the second installment due date. If you are paying at a bank on the due date, be certain the teller is using the current date and has not already changed to the next day’s business. See the list of participating banks.