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General Payment Information

The General Payment Information section pertains to information regarding partial payments, as well as information and fees related to payments by credit card or check. Payment Methods are outlined in the next section of this page.

Partial Payments

With the exception of online payments, which must be paid in full, the Collector's Office accepts partial payments for current and delinquent property taxes and assessments. Any balance remaining unpaid shall become delinquent on the first day of January following the year the taxes are due. Statutorily imposed late penalties and fees will apply.

  • Partial payments will not prevent any litigation or parcel of land from being subject to the Delinquent Tax Certificate Sale.
  • Partial payments cannot be made for licenses or food operating permits.
  • A receipt will be issued when the tax statement is paid in full.

Payment By Credit Card

Credit Card Convenience Fees

When using a credit card to pay taxes, a convenience fee of 2.5% will be added to the total bill amount and charged to your credit card. The minimum convenience fee is $1.50.

All convenience fees charged on credit card transactions are retained by the payment processing company. The Boone County Collector's Office does not charge or retain any of these fees.

Accepted Credit Cards

We accept American Express, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa cards.

Payment By Check

Personal Checks

One check may be written for multiple tax bills. Please remit the correct total due, include the bill number on your signed check, and make checks payable to Boone County Collector. Unsigned checks will be returned and applicable late charges may apply.

Any check that is returned will be subject to a $25.00 returned payment fee, plus any applicable late charges that may have accrued since the original payment. There are no exceptions to these charges being assessed.

E-Checks

Funds are automatically deducted from your bank account - pending verification of valid account information and availability of funds.

A flat fee of $1.50 per transaction will be charged when paying with e-check. All processing fees charged on e-check transactions are retained by the payment processing company. The Boone County Collector's Office does not charge or retain any of these fees.

Cashiers Checks

One cashier's check may be written for multiple bills. Please remit the correct total due. Include the bill number on your signed cashier's check and make cashier's checks payable to Boone County Collector.

Payment By Money Order

One money order may be written for multiple tax bills. Please remit the correct total due. Include the bill number on your signed money order and make money orders payable to Boone County Collector.

Payment Methods

  1. Online Banking & Bill Payment Services
  2. U.S. Mail
  3. In Person
  4. Online
  5. Phone
  6. Drop Box
  7. Fax

Online Banking & Bill Payment Services

You may be able to pay your taxes through your financial institution's online bill pay system. Contact your bank to obtain more details on online banking or other bill payment services.

The collector's office recommends scheduling your payment to be made to our office no later than the 20th day of the month. For payments due December 31, please ensure that your payment will reach our office by December 20.

  • Payments not received in our office by December 31 may be subject to applicable late penalties and fees.
  • Late penalties and fees will continue to accrue on the first day of each month of delinquency.

Please remit separate payments if you are paying multiple bills through online banking or a bill pay provider.

  • Please use Boone County Collector as the Payee/Biller.
  • If paying your personal property tax bill, please enter your owner number as the account number.
  • If paying your real estate, neighborhood improvement district, community improvement district or levee district tax bill, please enter your parcel number as the account number.
  • If you use your bill number as the account number, be sure to enter it exactly as it is shown on your bill. Please update the number to reflect the current bill you are paying.
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U.S. Mail

Mail to:

Boone County Collector
Boone County Government Center
801 E. Walnut St., Rm 118
Columbia, MO 65201-4890

Payment methods accepted via mail:

The post office date (postmark) determines the timeliness of the payment. ยง139.100 RSMo states that property taxes "shall be deemed paid as of the postmark date stamped on the envelope or other cover in which such payment is mailed." If payments are made via registered or certified mail, then the date of the registration or certification is considered the postmark date.

Payments with postmarks after December 31 will be assessed applicable penalties and fees.

It should be noted that not all types of postage are postmarked or canceled by the U.S. Postal Service (USPS) and the piece may not be postmarked on the same day it was deposited.

  • An example of postage that is commonly postmarked is a standard postage stamp that is purchased and affixed to the piece of mail.

If there is no postmark or cancellation by the USPS, the piece of mail must be dated and received by the Collector on or before December 31 to be considered timely.

Examples of postage that are not commonly postmarked by the USPS are:

  • Metered mail on which the postage is printed on the envelope or a label by a machine that is licensed by the USPS.
  • Pre-canceled stamps that are purchased through a private vendor.
  • Automated postal center (APC) stamps which are purchased from a self-service machine or kiosk located within a USPS lobby.
  • Pre-sorted mail that has a permit imprint. This type of mail is commonly used by bill pay services such as online home banking.

The entire amount due must be paid before a receipt will be mailed.

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In Person

Pay at:

Boone County Collector
Boone County Government Center
(corner of 9th and Ash Streets)
801 E. Walnut St., Rm 118
Columbia, MO 65201-4890

Hours of Operation: M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM (except for Boone County office closings)
Directions from your location

Payment methods accepted in person:

Multiple bills of real estate, personal property, special assessments, and licenses may be processed together in one transaction.

Receipts will be provided at the time of payment.

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Online

Pay online at:  Boone County Collector's bill search & payment system

Payment methods accepted online:

The functionality of the online payment process relies on several systems and electronic devices; therefore, the availability of the online payment system cannot be guaranteed at all times. The Boone County Collector's Office encourages taxpayers wishing to pay their taxes online to do so in a timely manner before midnight December 31. Any tax payment not received by the due date will be subject to applicable late penalties and fees.

More than one bill may be paid in one transaction.

Instruction for Paying Online

  1. Begin by looking up your bill(s) using the Boone County Collector's online search.
  2. You will select the search method you wish to search by in the drop down box. You can search by name, parcel number, or bill number. Enter the specific search criteria and click the search button.
  3. The search results will be displayed based on your search criteria. Place a check mark in the box next to the bill, or bills, you wish to pay online. Once you have selected your choices, click the pay selected bills button.
    • Partial payments cannot be made online.
  4. Next, you will be asked to confirm your bill selections. If you wish to add another bill to your selection, click the search for additional bills button and repeat steps 2 and 3. If you wish to deselect a bill, click the box under "Pay Now" to remove the check mark. Once you are satisfied with your selections, click the pay selected bills button.
  5. Click the appropriate button to either pay your taxes with a credit card or electronic check.
  6. You will then be directed to our payment processing Web site which will guide you through the remaining steps in the online payment process.
  7. You will be given a confirmation number when you successfully complete the online payment process. Please keep this number for your records.
  8. All payments submitted online are pending verification of valid account information, and availability of funds.
  9. You will receive your official property tax receipts from the Boone County Collector's office in approximately 2 to 3 business days after paying with this service.
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Phone

Call:  (877) 690-3729

Payment methods accepted by phone:

Payments by phone can be made 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The functionality of the payment by phone service relies on several systems and electronic devices; therefore, the availability of the service cannot be guaranteed at all times. The Boone County Collector's office encourages taxpayers wishing to pay their taxes with this service to do so in a timely manner before midnight December 31. Any tax payment not received by the due date will be subject to applicable late penalties and fees.

Property tax payments made by phone are typically not processed on our system and updated on our website until the following business day. Therefore, an official paid property tax receipt will not be available until then.

You should have the following items ready to use this service:

  1. Property tax bill or bill number
  2. Total amount due
  3. Credit card or check book

Instruction for Paying By Phone

  1. Call (877) 690-3729
  2. Enter the jurisdiction code for Boone County: 3517
  3. Continue to follow the prompts to pay your tax bill(s). Remember to enter the tax bill number exactly as shown on the copy of your bill. Please pay the entire amount of the tax bill.
  4. After the authorization of your payment, you will be given a confirmation number that you should keep for your records.
  5. You will receive your official property tax receipts from the collector's office in approximately 2 to 3 business days after paying with this service.
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Drop Box

Pay at:

Boone County Government Center - East Entrance
(corner of 9th and Ash Streets)
801 E. Walnut St., Rm 118
Columbia, MO 65201-4890

Directions from your location

The Property Tax Payments drop box is located under the sheltered area at the east entrance of the building.

Boone County Collector's tax payment dropbox location outside the east entrance

Please DO NOT place cash in the drop box.

Payment methods accepted in the drop box:

The drop box is emptied several times daily and at midnight on December 31. The entire amount due must be paid before a receipt will be issued.

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Fax

Fax to:  (573) 886-4294

Payment methods accepted by fax:

Instruction for Paying By Fax

  • Fill out the credit card information located on the bottom left side of the tax bill. Be sure to include
    • The card type (MasterCard, Visa, Discover, or American Express)
    • Account number
    • V-code
    • Expiration date
    • Your signature
    • Your daytime phone number
  • Or, fill out and print the Pay by Fax form.
  • More than one bill may be paid with the fax transaction.
  • Paid receipt(s) will be mailed the following business day.
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Boone County Collector

Boone County Government Center
801 E. Walnut St., Rm 118
Columbia, MO 65201-4890

collector@​boonecountymo.org

Office(573) 886-4285

Fax(573) 886-4294

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