SANATOGA PA – Jennifer Marsteller’s office at the rear entrance of 1954 E. High St. is usually open at limited times only three days a week: on Mondays, from 4-7 p.m.; on Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon; and between July and October on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon. Come next Monday’s (Dec. 31, 2012) tax deadline, however, the Lower Pottsgrove tax collector is keeping her door ajar just a little longer.
The 31st, of course, is New Year’s Eve, the last day of 2012. It’s also the last day available to pay 2012-2013 real estate taxes owed to the Pottsgrove School District. Property owners who don’t pay up by then have their tax bills forwarded to a collection agency, Portnoff Law Associates in Norristown, which likely will involve additional fees and fines.
So for the stragglers, procrastinators, and slackers among us, Marsteller’s office will be open Monday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a notice she recently distributed.
There are some caveats, though:
- No personal checks will be accepted as payment. Only a certified check, money order, or cash will do.
- You can drop off your payment at a collection box by Marsteller’s office door anytime, except after 2 p.m. Monday. That’s when her books will close.
- Credit cards are not accepted at Marsteller’s office, but can be used online with the collector’s account at OfficialPayments.com. When paying, specify Jurisdiction Code 4887. Users will be charged a convenience fee of 3 percent for the service, so paying a $1,000 tax bill will cost an additional $30.
- If you received a notice that your taxes remain unpaid, but you don’t normally pay them yourself, it’s possible a bank or company that manages your tax escrow account has somehow fallen behind. You’ll need to call it, and have a representative quickly contact Marsteller at 610-326-6960.
- Recognize that, at this point, your amount due already includes a penalty fee equal to 10 percent of your taxes. That’s because they were actually payable in full by Nov. 7; the time between then and Monday is just a grace period.
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