Greenville County, SC To Collect Taxes Via Internet & Telephone

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Official Payments Now Operates in All 50 States; Greenville County, South
Carolina To Collect Taxes Via Internet & Telephone

Business & Technology Editors

STAMFORD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 2001--Official Payments
Corporation (Nasdaq: OPAY) (, the leading provider of
electronic payment options to government entities, today announced a new
business agreement with Greenville County, South Carolina.
The award entails a new Internet and telephone payment system that will
enable citizens to charge real estate, personal property, and vehicle taxes to
their credit cards. The contract represents Official Payments' first business
award within the state of South Carolina. With this contract, the company now
has agreements with government entities in all 50 states. Official Payments
also provides credit card payment services to the Internal Revenue Service, 18
state governments, the District of Columbia, and over 1,000 counties and
municipalities across the country.
Annually, the county collects $131 million in real estate taxes, $6.6
million in personal property taxes, and $68 million in vehicle taxes, resulting
in an $87.6 million collection opportunity for the company.
"We welcome Greenville County as our first client in South Carolina, and we
are confident that other counties in the state will follow their lead," said
Thomas R. Evans, Chairman & CEO of Official Payments. "This win is especially
important to our company as it gives us a business presence in every state in
the nation, and makes us the only e-government company in our sector with this
distinction," Evans added.
When the systems are launched later this year, taxpayers in Greenville
County, SC will be able to make their tax payments with their credit cards by
visiting on the Internet or by calling
1-800-2PAY-TAXSM. Official Payments charges taxpayers a convenience fee for
processing these credit card transactions. The fee schedule can be found on the
Internet at For example, a taxpayer who owed $800 and
charged their taxes would find a total of $825 on their credit card statement:
$800 for the tax bill and $25 for the convenience fee. American Express(R),
MasterCard(R), Discover(R) and VISA(R) are the credit cards accepted by the
program. Depending on their credit card program, taxpayers using credit cards
with bonus rewards programs may be eligible to earn rewards points, cash-back
or airline frequent flyer miles in return for paying their taxes.
Official Payments will discuss the company's third quarter 2001 financial
results in a conference call on Wednesday, October 24, 2001 at 4:30 p.m.
Eastern Daylight Time.

About Official Payments Corporation

Official Payments Corporation (Nasdaq: OPAY) is the leading provider of
electronic payment options to government entities. 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. The company is
unequaled in market penetration and national footprint. Official Payments is
the incumbent in contracts with the Internal Revenue Service, 18 state
governments, the District of Columbia, and well over 800 county and municipal
governments in 49 states across the United States. In 2000, Official Payments
collected and processed over $925 million in federal, state, and local
government payments.
Official Payments was founded in the San Francisco Bay area in 1996. 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. The company has experienced rapid and sustained
growth over the past six reported quarters in revenue, new client acquisition,
and addition of incremental services to existing clients. The company's success
can be attributed to the combination of an enormous market opportunity with a
highly skilled and experienced management and staff, aggressive sales and
marketing, and a core competency in developing and implementing leading-edge
technical systems.

Note: Official Payments Corp. and the Official Payments Corp. logo are
service marks of Official Payments Corporation.


CONTACT: Official Payments Corporation
Bruce J. Zanca, 203/356-4205
[email protected]

SOURCE: Official Payments Corporation

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