Trick or Tax: Pinellas Property Tax Bills to be Mailed October 31
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL — Don’t be spooked: the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office will mail out 2018 property tax bills on October 31. But for thousands of Pinellas property owners, paper bills are a thing of the past.
Countywide, 18,391 property owners signed up for email bills. Owners who selected the email-only billing option will receive a reminder email on Monday, October 29 with the subject line “Pinellas County Property Tax E-Bill Notification.” Tax bills will be emailed on November 1, the same day the Tax Collector’s Office begins accepting payments.
2018 Pinellas County property tax bills total just shy of $1.6 billion. The dollars collected are sent to 56 different taxing authorities, including the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners, the Pinellas County School Board, and local cities to fund their budgets.
November and March – when property tax collection begins and ends – are the busiest months in Tax Collector offices. Here are Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas’ top 5 tips for a hassle-free tax season:
- Check your email box. 18,391 Pinellas property owners signed up to receive bills by email. These bills will be emailed on November 1. Not sure if you signed up for email-only billing? If you did, you will receive a reminder to the registered email address on Monday, October 29.
- View your bill and pay online with a free eCheck. Last property tax season, over 95,000 bills were paid online at taxcollect.com.. You can search property tax bills by property owner name, address, and account or parcel number. Online payments are fast, convenient, and secure. A third-party vendor charges a 2.95% fee for credit and debit card payments. eChecks are free.
- Don’t wait until the end of the month to pay. The final weeks of November are the busiest time of year at Tax Collector offices. Wait times are significantly higher in late November in offices and on the phones.
- It pays to pay 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 March payments.
- Avoid check errors. The most common mistakes are not writing out the correct total on the legal line and forgetting to sign the check. Also, be sure to write your phone number on the check. If there are errors, we will attempt to call you.
Property taxes must be paid in full by April 1, 2019 to avoid late fees. For more information about property taxes, visit the Property Tax page at taxcollect.com.
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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.