Why is there a fee for using a credit card to pay taxes?
Many merchants accepting credit or debit cards are willing to pay the fees charged by credit card companies in order to provide that service to its customers. As a municipality, we do not have the option of paying those fees since we must collect the full amount of the tax bill. Therefore, when a taxpayer uses a credit card, the fees must be charged over and above the amount of the bill being paid. A convenience fee is charged for processing each debit or credit card transaction as payment to a third party credit card processing service provider for accepting and processing the payment. The fee also covers the cost of the operation of a toll-free telephone and Web-based, Online system for accepting payment. This convenience fee is charged directly to the taxpayer as a separate charge on their cardholder statement. The fee amounts to 3% of the payment amount or a minimum of $2.00. No part of the convenience fee is paid to the Town of South Kingstown.

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1. What is the current tax rate?
2. I escrow my taxes or I have refinanced my mortgage or my mortgage has been sold and I am escrowing with a different company now?
3. Is there a grace period after the due date for quarter payment of taxes before I am charged interest?
4. What periods do tax bills cover?
5. Why can’t I register my car online?
6. Why did I get a motor vehicle tax bill for a car I don't own anymore?
7. What if I don’t receive a tax bill?
8. I escrow my taxes. Why didn’t receive a copy of my tax bill?
9. When are tax payments due?
10. What information will be needed to make a credit card payment?
11. What if a tax payment is late?
12. Does the Town accept payment with a credit or debit card?
13. Why is there a fee for using a credit card to pay taxes?