Billing and Payments

For your convenience, we have several payment methods:

Pay in person
If you prefer to pay in person please do so at the Sampson County Tax office, which is located at 126 West Elizabeth Street, Clinton, NC 23828.

Pay by Mail
To pay via mail, please send your payments to the following address (be sure to include the tear off coupon from your tax bill):
Sampson County Tax Collection P.O. Box 207 Clinton, NC 28329

Pay Online
To pay your taxes online, click on the following link: Sampson County Tax Department Online Bill Pay 


Pay by Telephone using VISA or MasterCard
To pay via telephone using a credit or debit card, please call 1-800-272-9829 (Jurisdictional Code 4372) and follow the prompts. There will be an additional service charge added for the use of this payment option. You will be advised of the total charge prior to your authorization. 

The following charges and/or fees will apply:

  • Visa Consumer Debit Card - a fee of $3.95 per transaction regardless of the amount of tax paid. 
  • Visa CreditVisa non-Consumer DebitMasterCard Credit or MasterCard Debit Card - there will be a service charge of 2.75% of the tax amount being paid. A minimum service charge of $3.95 applies. 
  • Electronic check - a flat fee of $3.45 per check.

Partial Payments and Payment Plans
You have the option of paying your bill(s) in installments. Payments may be made in any amount and at any interval as long as the taxes remain in good standing. Bills which become delinquent will not have this payment option offered. No approval is required from this office for these partial payments.  

Customers have the option of creating a short term payment plan. If you are not certain you will be able to pay your entire balance in full before the bill becomes delinquent, contact our office immediately upon receiving your notice. You will be asked to provide basic contact information along with your employer and banking information. If you delay in establishing a payment plan, the options available to you may be limited. 

Note: persons currently making payments under a payment plan are not exempt from having the real estate and name advertised in the local newspaper, should any portion of the bill be delinquent at the time the advertisement is made. 
Prepayment of Taxes
Customers may elect to make advance payments for real estate, business, and personal property, prior to the confirmation of tax rates for the upcoming year. In doing so, the total will be determined by using estimated rates. The tax rates are normally established by Sampson County and its municipalities in June, and annual tax bills are mailed in July or August. These annual bills will reflect any prepayments made during the year. 

Delinquent Taxes
Enforced debt collection may begin immediately upon an account reaching delinquent status. Any of the following methods may be used to collect the debt: garnishment of wages, attachment of bank accounts, rental income or income tax refunds, seizure and sale of personal property by the Sheriff's Office, or foreclosure of real estate.

Commencement of any of these actions will result in additional costs and/or fees being added to the unpaid bills.


Returned Checks
Please note that taxes will maintain in an unpaid status in the event a check is returned unpaid or an electronic payment invoice is not honored by the issuer. A written notice of the returned item will be mailed to whom the tax receipt was issued. 


Presenting a check or electronic funds transfer that is returned will result in a penalty fee of twenty-five dollars ($25) or ten percent (10%) of the amount of the check or electronic invoice, whichever is greater. This penalty fee will not exceed one thousand dollars ($1,000). This penalty will be added to and collected in the same manner as the taxes for which the check or electronic payment was given.

The Sampson County Tax Department will not deposit or transmit returned items a second time.