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01/20/06 - BARTOW

Any person entitled to claim Homestead Exemption may qualify to defer a portion of their property taxes or non-ad valorem assessments based on the applicant's household income for the previous year.

If household income is less than $10,000, taxes may be deferred in their entirety. If the applicant is over 70 years of age and has an annual income of less than $12,000, taxes can be deferred in their entirety.

If tax deferral is approved, it would become a first lien on the property and you must furnish fire insurance coverage with a loss payable clause to the Tax Collector. If a change in use or failure to maintain insurance or change in ownership of the property occurs, all deferred taxes plus interest are due and payable.

Applications are available in the Tax Collector's Office. The deadline for filing is January 31st of each year.

Property owners are also reminded that property tax payments are now due and that Tuesday, January 31st is the last day to qualify for a 2% discount on early payment of real estate and tangible personal property taxes.

Tax payments that are mailed and postmarked after January 31st do not qualify for the 2% discount.

Mail payments to:

P.O. Box 1189, Bartow, FL 33831-1189.

Payments can also be made online at:

Property tax payments may also be dropped-off inside the lobby of any Tax Collector Office location during regular business hours or paid in person at: The Tax Collector?s Main Office in Bartow at 430 E. Main Street; The Lakeland Branch Office in the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street; the Lake Wales Branch Office in the Polk County Government Center at 658 Hwy 60, West; and, the Haines City Branch Office at 74 Maxcy Plaza Circle.


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