Although I have the money set aside to pay our taxes this year, I had intended to pay the taxes using a credit card, then pay the bill as soon as it showed up next month, just for the credit card rewards. Seemed like a good plan to me.
Then I read the Credit Card Charge Form that came with my tax bill: "I understand that the total amount charged on my credit card will include an additional 3.9% Convenience Fee as allowed by Missouri Statute 130.055. This convenience Fee is not retained by the Collector or the County."
I'm pretty sure the $50 this would add onto my two tax bills is more than I would have netted in rewards. I'll skip the credit card and pay cash. But they're not getting it until the last week of the year!