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Pay Your Property Tax January 3 And Still Get December Receipt

Bouldin creek cottage
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The Travis County Tax Office wants you to know you can pay your property tax bill as late as January 3 and still get a December receipt. That's important to people who want to claim their property tax as a deduction on their 2010 tax return.

"That's because we are closed on the last day of this month, December 31st," tax office spokesperson Tina Morton told KUT News. "By law, when the deadline falls on a business day and we're closed, it automatically moves to the next business day."

The payment doesn't even have to be in their hands on January 3. As long as you drop it in a post office box on Monday, it will count as you having made the payment in December.

Morton is quick to point out that you don't have to pay your property taxes until January 31, 2011. If you're having trouble coming up with the cash, you can try making a payment arrangement with the tax office. Just give them a call.

Nathan Bernier is the transportation reporter at KUT. He covers the big projects that are reshaping how we get around Austin, like the I-35 overhaul, the airport's rapid growth and the multibillion-dollar transit expansion Project Connect. He also focuses on the daily changes that affect how we walk, bike and drive around the city. Got a tip? Email him at Follow him on X @KUTnathan.