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Baxter County, Arkansas, Offers Online Property Tax Payments

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Paying property taxes in Baxter County just got a lot easier thanks to a new online payment system offered by Baxter County Tax Collector Teresa Smith. Residents can visit ar.gov/baxterproptax and enter a taxpayer number to begin. The system will prompt residents through secure payment screens and quickly provide a payment confirmation, and a receipt for taxpayer records. The payment system will also work on a mobile phone.

“It’s a great step forward to be able to offer this option to pay taxes online,” said Smith. “With today’s technology, folks should not have to be hassled with standing in line at the Collector’s office or mailing in their payments. This system lets you use either a credit card, debit card or eCheck, so you can decide when and how you want to pay.”

Smith said taxpayers can also sign up for a service called eNotify when paying their tax bill online. After registering, eNotify will alert taxpayers by email when their statements are ready, saving the county the costs of paper, postage and manpower used in mailing out forms.

The Baxter County Tax Collector partnered with the state’s eGovernment service provider, Information Network of Arkansas (INA), to develop both the eNotify registration and secure payment system to ensure privacy, security and data integrity. Credit card transactions include a processing fee to cover the cost of the system, which INA developed for the county free of charge.

Baxter County personal property and real estate taxes are due March 1 and must be paid before October 15. Smith reminded citizens that tax bills will be coming out soon. “Once you are ready to pay your taxes, just visit our site, take care of your payment, and don’t worry about property taxes again until next year.”

Baxter County residents may connect online through live chat with the collector’s office by visiting http://www.baxtercounty.org or by visiting the Baxter County Tax Collector on Facebook. For more information on property tax payments, contact the Baxter County Tax Collector’s office at 870-425-8300 or by email at Teresa.Smith@baxtercounty.org.

About The Information Network of Arkansas (INA)

The Information Network of Arkansas (INA) is a public-private partnership between the state of Arkansas and the Arkansas Information Consortium (AIC) that helps state government entities Web-enable their information services. Little Rock-based AIC is part of e-Government firm NIC’s (NASDAQ:EGOV) family of companies. INA operates Arkansas.gov, the official website of the state of Arkansas, which offers more than 1,100 state and local online services.

About NIC

Founded in 1992, NIC (NASDAQ:EGOV) is the nation’s leading provider of official government websites, online services, and secure payment processing solutions. The company’s innovative eGovernment services help make government more accessible to everyone through technology. The family of NIC companies provides eGovernment solutions for more than 3,500 federal, state, and local agencies in the United States. Forbes has named NIC as one of the “100 Best Small Companies in America” five times, most recently ranked at No.11 (2013), and the company has been included four times on the Barron’s 400 Index. Additional information is available at http://www.egov.com.

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