Haven’t Paid 2018 Property Taxes Yet? Your Reminder is in the Mail

PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Haven’t paid your 2018 property tax bill yet? You can expect to find a reminder notice in your mailbox as early as today, courtesy of the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office.

The deadline to pay 2018 property taxes is March 31. Payments are accepted online at taxcollect.com, by mail, and in-person at any Pinellas County Tax Collector office. You can also drop off your payment in the secure outdoor drop boxes located outside the five Tax Collector service centers, which includes two locations in Clearwater, one in Largo, and two in St. Petersburg.

Mailed payments must be postmarked by March 31. Online payments are considered on time as long as you submit the payment by March 31, even if your bank processes the payment after that date. If you miss the deadline, interest is added to unpaid taxes, including three percent interest for real estate taxes and 1.5 percent for tangible personal property taxes.

With the property tax deadline approaching, customers should anticipate longer wait times at offices as well as high call volume to the Tax Collector’s customer service call center. Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas encourages residents to go online at taxcollect.com before visiting an office.

“Our online payment system is convenient, fast, and secure, and there is no extra charge for paying by eCheck for property taxes or registration renewals,” said Thomas. “Online payments process quickly, so you’ll also have the peace of mind knowing you beat the deadline.”

Online services include property tax payments, motor vehicle registration renewals, driver license renewals and replacements, and ordering paper titles. If you must visit an office, Thomas recommends scheduling an appointment at taxcollect.com. Appointments can be scheduled up to 90 days in advance.

Here’s another time-saving tax tip: instead of calling to check your 2018 property tax payment status, property owners can check the status at taxcollect.com. Just select the “Property Tax” tab and click “view your property tax details.” You can search by owner name, property address, or account number. Click here to find your tax payment status. While you’re on the site, you can also sign up to receive your next property tax bill by email.

The Florida Constitution established the office of Tax Collector to collect property taxes and distribute the money to taxing authorities, such as the School Board, County, and cities. Taxing authorities set their own tax rates to fund their budgets.

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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. For more information, visit taxcollect.com.