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County tax tickets entering smartphone age

By MELINDA WILLIAMS

melinda@southwesttimes.com

 

In an age where there seems to be an “app” for just about everything, Pulaski County Treasurer’s office has decided it’s time to enter the smartphone age by placing QR, or quick response, codes on county tax tickets.

Treasurer Melinda Worrell said the new codes will make it easier for those with smartphones to access and pay their tax tickets online. The codes look similar to barcodes, but they are square instead of rectangular and look like jumbled dots and lines instead of vertical lines.

Upon receiving a paper tax ticket in the mail, Worrell said a county taxpayer can simply use a code scanning app (available for smartphones) to scan the code. This will immediately bring up that person’s tax ticket online. All the taxpayer has to do is click on the pay button and the amount of that ticket is placed into a “cart.” This allows the citizen to pay multiple tax tickets in one transaction.

For added security, payments are handled through Paypal, but Worrell stressed the taxpayer does not have to have a Paypal account to make a payment. Since a third party is involved in collecting the payment, there is a fee of 30 cents, plus 2.2 percent of the tax ticket total, for paying in this manner.

The fee goes to the third party vendor handling the payments and the county receives the amount of taxes owed. Worrell said the county does not receive any of the fees collected for the online payments.

If you don’t have a smartphone, tax tickets also can be accessed online at pulaskicountytax.com.

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