Official Payments Corporation announced the signing of agreements with Yellowstone County, Montana and Marathon County, Wisconsin. The agreements authorize Official Payments to provide services enabling the counties’ residents to make credit card payments for a variety of taxes and fees by visiting [www.officialpayments.com] or calling 1-800-2PAY-TAX(SM). Both counties are the largest geographic counties within their states. Last year, Yellowstone County, Montana collected more then $95 million in real estate taxes, personal property taxes, and utility bills. Yellowstone County, which includes the city of Billings, is the largest and most populous county in Montana. The county is Official Payments’ 16th local client within the state. Marathon County, Wisconsin is the largest of the state’s counties and includes the city of Wausau. Last year, Marathon County collected $95 million in real estate taxes. Official Payments serves 51 other local government entities within Wisconsin, and also collects state taxes on behalf of the Wisconsin Department of Revenue.
“By offering their taxpayers these electronic payment services, Yellowstone County, Montana and Marathon County, Wisconsin join more than 1,200 other government entities in the nation in giving their citizens a convenient, efficient way to pay taxes and fees,” said Thomas R. Evans, Chairman & CEO of Official Payments. “These agreements are right on target with our local business strategy: working with each state’s largest counties, and extending our presence nationwide.”
Official Payments will charge Yellowstone and Marathon taxpayers a convenience fee for processing their credit card transactions. For example, a taxpayer who charged their real estate tax would find a total of $1,235 on his or her credit card statement: $1,200 for the tax bill and $35 for the convenience fee. Visa, American Express, Discover Card, and MasterCard are the credit cards accepted by the program. Taxpayers using credit cards with bonus rewards programs may, depending on their card’s program, earn rewards, points, and airline frequent flyer miles or cash back for paying their taxes.
About Official Payments Corporation
Founded in 1996, Official Payments Corporation (Nasdaq: OPAY) is the leading provider of electronic payment options to more than 1,200 government entities in all 50 states. The company has agreements to collect and process credit card payments with the IRS, 21 state governments (AL, AR, CA, CT, IL, IN, IA, KS, MD, MN, MS, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, RI, VA, WA, WI, and WV), the District of Columbia, and more than 1,200 counties and municipalities. The company’s principal business is enabling consumers to pay their government taxes, fees, fines, and utility bills by credit card, via Internet and telephone. In 2001, Official Payments collected and processed more than one million transactions totaling $1.2 billion in federal, state and local government payments. Thomas R. Evans, the former President & CEO of the Internet company GeoCities, became Chairman & CEO of Official Payments in the summer of 1999. Mr. Evans brought Official Payments public in November of 1999, raising $80 million in its IPO on the NASDAQ national market.