STAMFORD, Conn. - Official Payments Corp., which facilitates consumer credit card payments of taxes, government fees and fines, and utility bills, said Wednesday that it had agreed to process property tax payments for seven North Dakota counties.

Taxpayers in the seven counties can pay by credit card over the Internet or the telephone.

North Dakota is now the 48th state in which Official Payments does business, the company said.

Official Payments Corp. charges taxpayers a fee for processing card transactions. For example, a taxpayer who used a card to pay a current property tax of $500 would be charged a $16 convenience fee. Taxpayers using cards with rewards programs can earn rewards, points, and cash-back on airline frequent-flier miles, depending on their card's program.

The company has agreements with the Internal Revenue Service, 18 state governments, the District of Columbia, and over 900 county and municipal governments to collect and process credit card payments. Last year it collected and processed over $925 million of federal, state, and local government payments.

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