Prince William extends tax deadline, while Stafford is due on Dec. 5

Prince William County Supervisors voted to extend the deadline for residents to pay their property taxes.

During a meeting on Nov. 17, 2020, the Prince William Board of County Supervisors passed a resolution extending the payment deadline for real estate taxes for the second-half of 2020 for 60 days, changing the deadline from Dec. 5, 2020, to Feb. 3, 2021. The extension applies to both commercial and residential real property.

If the real estate taxes for the second-half of 2020 are not paid on or before Feb. 3, 2021, the amount of the installment is past due. Beginning Feb. 4, 2021, a 10% penalty is applied, and starting March 1, 2021, interest at 10% per annum begins to accrue on any unpaid amount of this real estate tax for the second-half of 2020.

Penalties and interest continue to apply and accrue on past due installments. The County cannot issue refunds to taxpayers who have already voluntarily paid their real estate taxes for the second-half of 2020, and who seek a refund solely because of the extended deadline.

Visit the County tax website for additional details. Please note that the payment portal may still reflect the Dec. 5, 2020, payment deadline for several days or weeks. The County is working actively to update it.

Meanwhile, in neighboring Stafford County, the second half of the year, property taxes are due on December 5 or the next business day.

Stafford County Real Estate and Personal Property tax bills for the second half of 2020 have been mailed. The taxes are due on December 5 or the next business day of the year. This year, December 5 falls on a Saturday, making the deadline Monday, December 7, 2020. The Stafford Treasurer’s Office encourages citizens to pay by the due date to avoid additional penalties. There are many convenient ways to pay, including the online my Stafford portal. As always, citizens are welcome to call the Treasurer’s Office with concerns or questions.

“This year, in particular, we ask residents to become familiar with our award-winning myStafford portal allowing them to make tax payments from the safety of their home or their mobile device,” said Stafford Treasurer Laura Rudy. “The portal has become a vital component for doing business, while we all make efforts to stay safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Approximately 150,000 real estate and personal property tax bills are currently available online and ready for payment.  Individuals should have received their tax bills via post office mail the first week of November. If you did not receive a statement or have payment questions, please contact the Treasurer’s Office at (540) 658-8700 as soon as possible.

The Treasurer’s Office accepts cash, checks, money orders, debit and credit cards. You may pay online by credit card or e-check at the myStafford portal, by phone at 1(844) 817-9045, in person, with social distancing precautions, at the Treasurer’s Office, by mail, or via the after-hours drop box located at the front of the entrance to the George L. Gordon, Jr., Government Center, 1300 Courthouse Road, Stafford, VA 22554.

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