December 19, 2012
This afternoon, the Spokane County Treasurer’s Office began offering taxpayers a one-stop electronic billing and payment solution. With the single click of a mouse taxpayers are now able to pay their real estate and personal property tax bills. Billing information is available online 24/7 and accessible through the Treasurer’s website at www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer.
According to County Treasurer Rob Chase, the new online payment and e-bill service is secure and provides customers with more flexibility, “The system is easy to use and allows customers the option of paying their bills via their checking account , credit or debit card,” Chase said. Under Washington State law, taxpayers are required to pay a convenience fee for tax payments that are assessed by the vendor. One of the advantages to this new payment process is debit card payments will now be charged a flat $3.95 as opposed to the 2.65% fee charged for credit card use.
Residents don’t need to sign up to view and pay their bills. Registration is only required to use the account management features. After paying their bills online, all customers will receive a payment receipt in their email inbox. If they don’t have email; it can be printed directly from the computer screen. To find your current bills, go to www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer.
Growing in Popularity
Online Billing and Payment, known as EBPP (Electronic Bill Presentment and Payment) has increased significantly in the last five years as the payment method of choice. Consumers who receive and pay their bills online spend less time writing checks, mailing payments, tracking due dates, and filing paperwork.
The Spokane County Treasurer’s Office has received requests to allow more online products. Starting today, the office is offering customers a bill presentment and payment solution that is both secure and easy to use. The service is provided by Invoice Cloud, a leading electronic billing company based in Braintree, Massachusetts.
Advantages of E-Billing and Payment
• Paying online is faster than mailing a check
• Bills and payment history are kept securely in one place
• No worries about a bill or check getting lost in the mail
• Paying online save stamps, envelopes, gas and parking meter fees – it’s better for the environment
• Pay your bill from wherever you have Internet access
• Late fees can be avoided with scheduled or automatic payments
For more information, go to www.spokanecounty.org/treasurer or contact the Treasurer’s Office at (509) 477-4713 during regular business hours.