Pinellas Tax Bills Ready for Mailing
Pinellas property tax bills are scheduled to be mailed on Halloween.
PINELLAS COUNTY – The Pinellas County Tax Collector’s Office says don’t be spooked, but it will mail out 2018 property tax bills on Halloween (Oct 31).
But not all Pinellas property owners will be looking in the mail for the bill. 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 today (Oct. 29) with the subject line “Pinellas County Property Tax E-Bill Notification.” Tax bills will be emailed Nov. 1, the same day the Tax Collector’s Office begins accepting payments.
Pinellas County ‘s 2018 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 the Pinellas County Tax Collector’s top 5 tips for a hassle-free tax season:
1. Check your email box. 18,391 Pinellas property owners signed up to receive bills by email. These bills will be emailed Nov. 1. Not sure if you
signed up for email-only billing? If you did, you will receive a reminder to the registered email address today.
2. View your bill and pay online with a free eCheck. Last property tax season, more than 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 percent fee for credit and debit card payments. eChecks are free.
3. 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.
4. It pays to pay early. Bills paid in November receive a 4 percent discount. The discount drops to 3 percent in December, 2 percent in January, and 1 percent in February. There is no discount for March payments.
5. 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, the tax collector’s office will try to call you.
Property taxes must be paid in full by April 1 to avoid late fees.
For information about property taxes, go to taxcollect.com.
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