2020 Property Taxes Open for Collection
PINELLAS COUNTY, FL – Pinellas County Tax Collector Charles W. Thomas announces that 2020 property tax payments are now being accepted at all tax collector offices. Overall, there are 495,029 accounts, totaling nearly $1.9 billion on the 2020 tax roll.
Property tax bills were mailed on Friday, October 30, and property tax owners should expect to receive their tax bill this week. In addition, the Tax Collector’s Office emailed 28,080 bills on November 2 to property owners who signed up for electronic billing.
Bills can be viewed online now at https://taxcollect.com/property-tax-disclaimer and are searchable by owner name, address, and account or parcel number.
Customers are strongly encouraged to pay their bill online. They can avoid extra fees by selecting the eCheck payment option. The office currently requires an appointment for all services. However, customers only making tax payments will be accepted on a walk-in basis. Property owners should let the security guards know they are visiting for property tax payment purposes only to ensure they are assisted accordingly.
Payments can also be placed in a dropbox found outside most offices. For location details, visit https://taxcollect.com/contact-us/.
When it comes to property taxes, paying early has its perks. 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. Property taxes must be paid in full by April 1, 2021, to avoid late fees.
“We want to make this process as easy and safe as possible for Pinellas residents. Paying online not only saves you time, it offers a faster processing time than going through the mail,” said Thomas. “Our online payment process was recently upgraded to enhance the customer experience. It’s convenient, secure, and simple to use.”
November is one of the busiest months at the Tax Collector’s Office, both in person and on the phone. Property owners are encouraged to visit the Tax Collector’s website at https://taxcollect.com/tax-faqs/ for answers to frequently asked questions.
The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office does not set property tax rates and does not decide how much homeowners are billed. Rather, the office is responsible for collecting property taxes and distributing the correct portions to all 56 local taxing authorities, including the School Board, Board of County Commissioners, cities, libraries, and more. Taxing authorities use these tax dollars to fund their budgets to provide services and programs.
For more information about property taxes, visit https://taxcollect.com/property-taxes-home/. Follow the agency on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter (@PinellasTC) for more details and frequent updates.
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.