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Treasurer > FAQ > Real Estate Tax Payment Options

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 normal 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 accept 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 through 30 days prior to 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 phone 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 in the Treasurer’s Office.

Most Macon County Banks and Credit Unions – accept on time tax payments for their customers. Payment may be made during normal lobby hours. In many cases this allows the tax payer 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 in the Treasurer’s Office only.

Illinois E-Pay System – provided through agreement by the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office and U S Bank. This allows for use of credit cards or debit cards to pay taxes. This is available 24 hours a day from the time the tax bills are mailed until midnight of the day the Second Installment is due. Payment may be made online at www.illinoisepay.com . Under “search for a government unit” type in Macon County. The site will guide you from there. At the end of the transaction, you will receive a confirmation page to print out. Payment may also be made by telephone by calling 1-877-690-3729 Jurisdiction Code 7024. The automated telephone system will give you a confirmation number at the end of your transaction. If you do not get a transaction number, your payment likely has not gone through. The telephone system is very noise sensitive. An additional convenience fee will be added to any E-pay transaction.

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

Normally when you use your card to make a purchase, the merchant actually 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.

 

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