Taxpayers Should Be Receiving Notices This Week
Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, reports that the 2017 Property Tax Notices to all of Polk County's property owners have been mailed.
"Property owners should be receiving their bills in the mail over the next few days," says Tedder.
Each year, Tedder and his staff announce the mailing of tax bills to property owners, knowing that up to 1% of the bills each year will come back as “not deliverable” due to incorrect addresses.
Tedder reminds taxpayers their taxes are due, whether they receive a tax bill or not, citing Florida law which clearly places the burden of responsibility for payment of taxes on the property owner.
The only exception to this are those property owners who have opted to pay by an installment plan. For them, a November bill will not be sent; instead, they will be notified of third quarter installment payments due December 1.
Included in the mailing, the tax office also provides an informational insert to help answer taxpayer questions. The insert includes a listing of taxing and levying authorities and a brief description of taxes and/or assessments that may appear on the tax bill, as well as their telephone numbers.
Property owners who do not receive their property tax notice(s) by Monday, November 13, 2017 should contact the Tax Collector's Office.
Local callers may call (863) 534-4700; callers outside the local access area may call toll-free (855) 765-5829 [855-POLK-TAX].
Property owners can also go to www.PolkTaxes.com, the official website for the Tax Collector for Polk County or the Tax Collector's payment portal, www.ClickOrStick.com, where they can access and then print out a copy of their tax bill(s).
BY MAIL - Please use the return envelope and make sure to mail the lower part of your notice form(s) to the Tax Collector's Office for validating when paying taxes.
ON-LINE - Go to www.PolkTaxes.comor www.ClickOrStick.comand follow the online payment directions.
IN PERSON - Payments are accepted at the Tax Collector's Bartow Main Office, located at 430 E. Main Street; Lake Wales Service Center at 658 Highway 60 W.; and the North Ridge Service Center, located at 2000 Deer Creek Commerce Lane in Davenport. In Lakeland, payments may be made at the Lakeland Service Center on 916 N. Massachusetts Avenue.
For customer convenience, tax payments may also be placed in a DROP BOX provided inside the American Legion Tag Agency, located at 300 Avenue M, N.W. in Winter Haven.
For maps to these locations or other information related to your property taxes, please visit www.PolkTaxes.comor the Tax Collector's payment portal, www.ClickOrStick.com.
Beginning April 1, 2018, all unpaid property taxes submitted by mail or online for the 2017 tax year become delinquent. (Note: Walk-in payments are accepted until 5:00 P.M. on April 2, 2018 before becoming delinquent.)