Deadline looms for tax bills in Prince Edward, Buckingham

Published 1:28 am Friday, December 1, 2023

FARMVILLE – Residents of Prince Edward and Buckingham counties who have not yet paid their county taxes have days to avoid an added penalty and interest. 

Property owners need to locate those tax notices received earlier in the fall so they can make their payments ahead of the Tuesday deadline.

“Prince Edward County personal property and real estate taxes are due Tuesday, Dec. 5,” County Administrator Doug Stanley said. “The treasurer will accept payments by mail, in person, by using the drop box in the courthouse parking lot (no cash) or online through the link on the treasurer’s page on the county website.”

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Buckingham County Administrator Karl Carter said they have run advertisements on the deadlines in the Herald to inform local residents. 

“The due dates are on the bill and the due dates are on our website,” he said.

Prince Edward County Treasurer Donna Nunnally recommends that all county residents get their taxes paid by Dec. 5 to avoid the penalty and interest that apply immediately after the deadline.

Officials also resident property owners that they are responsible for paying the taxes even if they did not get a tax bill in the mail.

“If you have not received your tax bill, please call the treasurer’s office at 434-392-3454, as taxes are still due, even if you did not receive the bill,” Stanley said.

Nunnally said anyone in Prince Edward County who has not received a bill can call her office and they can either mail or email a new copy of it so payment can be made.

“Failure to receive a bill does not alleviate the taxpayers’ responsibility,” Carter noted, recommending residents there to contact the county treasurer’s office.

How to pay in Prince Edward

“We offer several options when it comes to payment in order to make it as simple as possible to pay the bills,” Nunnally said. “We offer in office payments of cash, check, credit and debit Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.”

She noted there is a fee to use debit or credit, whether in the office or online. 

To pay online, visit the county’s website, Nunnally explained. Click the blue circle marked “Pay Your Bill” and use the account numbers on the top right corners of each bill.  

“We have a drop-box in the county parking lot in between the courthouse and the visitor’s center,” she said. 

Additionally, payments can be mailed to the treasurer’s office at P.O. Box 522 Farmville, VA 23901. Mailed payments must be postmarked by Dec. 5 to avoid penalty and interest.

“All of these options are also detailed on the back of each bill at the top,” she said.

Confusion over this year’s bills

Some residents in the county may be confused by their bills this year and Nunnally explained what to look for when making that payment.

“This year we used a new printing service and, as with anything new, there is a learning curve,” she explained. “This fall the column titled “Tax Amount” was printed incorrectly and actually shows the amount from the “Amount Due” column.”

Nunnally noted that all other columns are correct as well as the amounts due, totals, assessed values and Personal Property Tax Relief Act — PPTRA tax relief — amounts.  

“This error will be corrected on the next billing cycle as to avoid further confusion in the future,” she said.

If taxpayers have moved, they will need to contact our office as well as the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office to update their mailing address.  

Also questions on tax assessments should be directed to the Commissioner of Revenue’s office.

“If anyone has questions regarding their bill, they can contact our office at (434)392-3454 or the Commissioner of the Revenue’s office at (434) 392-3231 if they have questions regarding the items/assessed values on their bills,” Nunnally said.

Any payment not postmarked, brought in or placed in the drop-box by Dec. 5, 2023 will be considered delinquent and will incur a 10% penalty, she said. Interest is charged at 10% annually broken down monthly beginning Jan. 1 each year.  

“We appreciate all of the taxpayers who have already mailed, brought in, put in the drop-box and made online payments,” Nunnally said.

How to pay in Buckingham

The county treasurer’s office accepts check, cash or debit/credit cards, Carter said.

“We do have a drop box here in front of the county administration building and payments must be in the drop box by 4:30 p.m. on the due date,” he said. “Oh, we also except payments by phone thru Paygov.”

Carter said there is a convenience fee on the use of cards to pay the county taxes.  The fee is 2.5% for in person or online payments and 4.95% for over the phone. 

Treasurer Christy Christian’s web page states the county accepts Visa, Mastercard, Discover and American Express.

Those hoping to mail their payments must make sure they are postmarked by Dec. 5 and send them to the treasurer’s office at P.O. Box 106, Buckingham, VA 23921.

What about residents who have questions about their tax assessment?

“There is a notice on the bills that advises citizens contact the commissioner of the revenue regarding questions on the assessment,” Carter said.

The treasurer’s office can be reached at 434-969-4744. To contact the commissioner of revenue’s office, call 434-969-4972. Both offices are located in the 13360 West James Anderson Hwy. in Buckingham.

Carter said Buckingham’s tax collections have been coming in as normal this year.

“This does favorably compare to previous years,” he said.