Installment deadline for tax bills is at the end of September

DeKalb County Tax Commissioner Irvin J. Johnson has sent out a reminder to property owners of the upcoming Sept. 30 installment deadline. Payments can be made online at www.deKalbtax.org; additional payment methods include drop box, mail or by phone. Tax bills were sent mid-August by mail and by email to property owners who signed up for paperless billing. City of Atlanta and some DeKalb bills were mailed beginning Sept. 15 and are due Nov. 15.

To accommodate walk-in customers paying their property tax bills at the Tax Commissioner’s Office located on Memorial Drive, taxpayers will use the Extension Services entrance located at the front of the building through Sept. 30.

“We encourage taxpayers to plan ahead and make payments well in advance before the September 30 deadline,” said Johnson. “Customers paying in person can expect long lines and wait times, or chose to pay online, by phone, mail or drop box to avoid delays.”

What taxpayers should know before visiting the central office location to pay their bill:

  • The first installment is due Sept. 30. For those paying the full amount in one payment, it must be paid in full by Sept. 30. The second installment is due Nov. 15. Check the bill for the amount due before the deadline.
  • Remember to bring a tax bill stub and a valid Georgia ID or Georgia driver’s license.
  • Acceptable payment methods include a credit card, debit card, check or money order; processing fees apply for credit/debit card payments.
  • General parking is available at the Extensions Services lot and the Property Tax lot; disabled customers use the Property Tax entrance off Northern Avenue.
  • Security screening, masks and temperature checks are required for service. Review www.dekalbtax.org/covid-19-customer-alert before visiting any office location.

To avoid long lines, wait times and late fees, please consider the following payment methods:

  • Online: dekalbtax.org/property-information. Credit/debit card payments are accepted; processing fees apply. There is no fee for paying by e-Check.
  • Drop box: Convenient 24-hour drive-up drop box available at all three office locations. Payment must be placed in the box by the due date (cash not accepted).
  • Pay-by-phone: Call 770-336-7500, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Payment does not apply to prior year and/or delinquent payments. Credit/debit card payments are accepted; processing fee applies.
  • Mail: Mailed payment must be postmarked by the U.S. Postal Service by the due date to avoid late fees; metered or kiosk postage dates are not accepted.

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