Paying Your Bill

Paying Your Bill

Our staff understands that no one wants to pay more taxes than are necessary. Toward that end, we aim to efficiently collect the taxes and keep extremely accurate records so that the township, county, and school district receive the exact amount of money that is collected from hardworking taxpayers so that the township, county, or school district are not forced to increase taxes to make up for "lost" tax money as a result of our office.

There are two main methods of paying your bill (online system and in-person/mail) and several differences between the systems (that are not significant to most taxpayers unless you intend to pay your bill very close to the deadline). The difference between the online payment system, and the traditional mail/in-office method may be important to those that wish to pay their taxes on the last possible day, or realize at 11pm of the last day that they have not mailed their tax payment and want to pay the discount amount. Some taxpayers have enjoyed the convenience of bank bill payment systems; essentially, these are treated as "mailed" payments since the bank (or their bill payment processing company) mails a physical check to our office. However, the bank (or bill payment processing company) oversees the postmarking of the check, and the taxpayer should ensure that the bank will actually mail and postmark the check on the day that they scheduled the payment.

Payments through the online system are transferred to a bank account at the Tax Office with a payment date of when the payment was initiated on the online system. Payments received by mail are considered to have a payment date of the postmark (when the payment was initiated by the taxpayer). Payments made in-person are considered to have a payment date of when the taxpayer visits the office. A few examples follow to aid those wishing to determine the ideal payment method.

Examples of Payment Dates in Various Situations
  Postmark Date (if applicable) Date Payment Received in Office Payment Date On-time or Late?
In-person payment on September 30th (check, credit card, or money order) N/A September 30th September 30 On-time
Credit card payment initiated over internet on September 30 N/A September 30th (electronically received) September 30 On-time
Payment mailed on September 30th September 30th October 1st September 30th On-time
Payment mailed on September 30th October 1st October 1st October 1st Late
Online check payment initiated through Municipay Online System on September 30th ($1.50 convenience fee) N/A September 30th (electronically received) September 30th On-time
Bill Payment Initiated through Bank Bill Payment System on September 30 September 30th October 1st September 30th On-time
Bill Payment Initiated through Bank Bill Payment System on September 30 October 1st October 1st October 1st Late

Question: Why can't you accept late payments?

Answer: The acceptance of payments is governed by state law and, unfortunately, we are not given discretion to grant exemptions to specific taxpayers in cases where the taxpayer has a compelling story for why their payment is late. If you wish to request a refund, you may contact the taxing body (Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, or Hempfield Area School District) to request a refund.

 

Payment Methods

You can pay your Township/County Taxes or School Tax via Postal Mail or In-Person using (no convenience fees):

  • Personal Check
  • Bill Payment Check (a check printed by your bank and mailed to our office after a taxpayer initiates a payment request)
  • Cashier's check (bank check)
  • Money Order

You can pay your Township/County Taxes or School Tax via MuniciPAY (online system) using:

  • Check (convenience fee will apply, see below)
  • Money Order (convenience fee will apply, see below)
  • MasterCard, Discover, American Express (convenience fee will apply, see below)
  • Visa (online only, convenience fee will apply, see below)
  • Electronic Check Payments (convenience fee will apply, see below)

Pay Online

Credit Card Payments Made in Office or via Telephone

Jim Regola, Hempfield Township Tax Collector offers the convenience of accepting MasterCard, Discover, American Express and Visa credit cards for County/Township Taxes & School Taxes. The payment processing company charges a convenience fee of 2.45% or $3.00 minimum to cardholders who use this service. Just stop by our office or give us a call at (724) 837-8437 to use your MasterCard, Discover Card, American Express or Visa.

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Credit Card Payments Made Online

Now you can pay your County/Township Taxes & School Taxes from the comfort of your home or office by using our online payment service. Credit cards accepted: MasterCard, Discover, American Express or Visa. A per transaction convenience fee of 2.45% or $3.00 minimum will be charged by the payment processing company for this service.

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Electronic Check Payments Through MuniciPay

Jim Regola, Hempfield Township Tax Collector now accepts electronic check payments using our online payment service. Payments will be charged to your checking or savings account at your bank. You will need your 9-digit routing number, as well as your account number from your personal checks (see example below). A per transaction convenience fee of $1.50 will be charged by the payment processing company for this service.

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IMPORTANT: When Payment Options appears, click on the "Switch to Pay with Check" link and then continue entering your information.

Pay Online

 

 

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