The Hickory County Collector is Karen Stokes. This is a county-wide elected office with a four-year term. Karen was elected in November 2010 and began her first term March 2011. Deputy Collector, Jessica Freeman has worked for the collectors office since 2018. It is our goal to serve the citizens of Hickory County in a responsible and respectful way while fulfilling our obligation to follow the statutes of the State of Missouri. The Hickory County Collector of Revenue is responsible for collecting current and delinquent taxes for the county and also the accounting and distribution of collections to tax entities such as school, city, library and fire districts. The collector also collects Merchant license fees. Merchants licenses expire December 31st each year. The license fee is $25.00. A Merchant's license must be purchased by anyone operating a business that is selling wholesale or retail products. Tax Sale: Tax sales for Real Estate are held for property that are 3 years delinquent. Tax Sales are held on the 4th Monday in August each year. Use the Tax Sale tab on the left for more information. Tax statements are mailed each year by the middle of November. To avoid a penalty when paying your tax, the postmark must be no later than December 31st each year. For payments after December 31st, see penalty schedule your statement. Payments received after December 31st. will be returned for penalty and interest. Payment Options: You can pay online by Credit Card or eCheck. Use the link on the left to get to the bill pay website. A convenience fee will be charged to each transaction. More than one bill may be paid at a time. A paid receipt will be mailed to you after we process your payment. By Phone: Using our automated phone service. Call 877-690-3729 Jurisdiction Code 3546. You must have this code and your bill number to pay. There is a fee to use this service. In Person: Cash, Check or Money Orders, Credit Cards are accepted when paying in the office. By Mail: Check or Money Orders. Do not mail cash. You may pay all your Personal and Real Estate taxes with a single check. Please add them correctly; we cannot process payments for the wrong amount.
As a convenience to our taxpayers, you can now make pre-payments on your Real Estate and/or Personal Property taxes. January through September, you can make a one time payment or monthy payments of any amount to be applied to your tax bill. I can even set up a automatic ACH to be taken out monthly free of charge. Then when you get your bill in November you only have to pay the balance due. This may relieve the burden of paying the full amount in December. If you have delinquent tax bills, you may also make payments on those as well, to help you get caught up. *This does not stop any penalities and/or interest. When sending in a payment, please be sure to put your Tax ID# or Tax bill number and your phone number on your check so that we are sure to put your deposit on the correct account.