Real Estate Tax Payment Options

Payments can be made in several ways

In person – at the Macon County Treasurer’s Office, 141 S Main Street Room 302 during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. We accept cash, money order, cashier’s check and certified check. We also take Visa, Mastercard, American Express and Discover Credit and Debit cards. Please note an additional convenience fee will be added for using credit/debit cards. The Treasurer’s Office also accepts personal checks up to 30 days before the annual tax sale date. A fee of $25 is charged for checks returned by the bank for any reason.

By mail – These payments should be in the form of personal check, cashiers or certified check. Do not send cash through the mail. We do not process credit card payments by mail or phone in our office. (See E-Pay option below for online and telephone payments). Please note we do not accept personal checks within the last 30 days before the annual tax sale.

Convenient 24 hour Drop Box – payments may be deposited in the drop box located at the north end of the County Office Building at 141 S. Main. DO NOT use the drop box at the courthouse. This box is available for on-time payments only. Late payments made be made at the Treasurer’s Office.

Most Macon County Banks and Credit Unions – accept on-time tax payments for their customers. Payment may be made during regular lobby hours. In many cases, this allows the taxpayer more flexible times for payment. You must have your payment coupon. You cannot use the banks or credit unions to pay overdue tax bills. Late payments must be made at the Treasurer’s Office only.

Why is there an additional convenience fee added to credit/debit transactions?

Normally when you use your card to make a purchase, the merchant has to give approximately 3% of your payment to the credit card company as a fee. Because we are a governmental body, we cannot take the percentage discount that merchants take to accept your credit card. By law, we must collect the entire amount and distribute that money to the taxing districts. The convenience fees will be posted in our office and on the web site once we know what they are for the year.

This convenience fee is not kept by the Macon County Treasurer or the Illinois State Treasurer; it goes to the credit card company.