I do this with taxpayers in Essex Junction, but I have their numbers and I initiate the transaction. Some banks offer on-line banking to their customers where the customers can initiate the transfer on-line and the bank will cut a check and send it to you.  This way, the taxpayer doesn't need your account numbers, just your mailing address.

Susan Hill, Village of Essex Junction


>From: Joan Devine <[log in to unmask]>
>Reply-To: Vermont Municipal Government Discussion Network              <[log in to unmask]>
>To: [log in to unmask]
>Subject: Paying property taxes on-line
>Date: Wed, 3 Dec 2003 16:10:10 -0500
>Does anyone allow their taxpayers to pay taxes on line?  I do not mean charge them to a credit card but by electronic transfer from their account to the City's.
>I have a taxpayer who feels he should be allowed to have the City's account number so when he has extra money he can apply it towards his taxes.
>I am totally green to this method and am curious if other towns are.  If so, do you think it is effective?  Does it cost the City extra money?  Is the posting of accounts a nightmare?  Does it save money?
>I guess I am looking for some of the pros and cons if it is done out there.
>Thanks for your help