Paperless Property Tax Bills Coming to Pinellas County
CLEARWATER, FL – Don’t be spooked: Pinellas County Property Tax bills will be mailed out on October 31. This year, some taxpayers will not receive a paper bill, but rest assured this isn’t a Halloween trick.
For the first time, Pinellas County property owners who registered online for paperless billing will receive their property tax bill by email only – no paper copy in the mail. Emailed bills will be sent on November 1. Countywide, nearly 4,000 accounts are signed up for email-only billing.
Not sure if you opted in for email billing? If you signed up, you will receive an email reminder from email@example.com before November 1 notifying that you will receive a bill by email.
Currently, there are three options to receive property tax bills: email only, both email and regular mail, and regular mail only. Property owners who did not opt into email billing will continue to receive property tax bills by regular mail. To get bills by email next property tax season, click here.
“Email billing is just one way we are adjusting to meet the needs of the public,” said Charles W. Thomas, Pinellas County Tax Collector.
In addition to convenience, emailed bills represent a cost savings to the Tax Collector’s Office. This aligns with the agency’s mission of providing excellent stewardship of public funds.
Property owners are encouraged to pay online at taxcollect.com. There is no extra fee to pay by e-check. During the 2016 property tax season, more than 60,000 Pinellas County property owners paid property taxes online. Bills are payable from November 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. On April 1, property taxes become delinquent and owners are charged an additional 3% interest.
It pays to pay your property taxes early. Bills paid in November receive a 4% discount. The discount drops to 3% in December, 2% in January, and 1% in February. There is no discount for bills paid in March.
“We encourage property owners to pay during the first two weeks of the month. If there are any payment errors, there is more time to correct the issue before the discount passes,” said Thomas.
The most common payment mistake involves paper checks written out for the wrong amount or the amount written incorrectly on the “amount in words” line. For more information about property taxes or to view or pay your bill online, visit taxcollect.com.
ABOUT THE PINELLAS COUNTY TAX COLLECTOR’S OFFICE: The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office is a constitutionally elected office. Responsibilities include collecting and distributing state and local taxes and providing driver license and motor vehicle registration services to Pinellas County residents. The Office received the 2013 Governor’s Sterling Award and the 2016 Governor’s Sterling Sustained Excellence Award for performance excellence. For more information visit www.taxcollect.com/news.