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.

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 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
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
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

 

 

Additional information