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BUSINESS TAX RENEWALS MAILED OUT


BUSINESS TAX RENEWALS MAILED OUT


08/13/08 - BARTOW

Over 41,925 businesses will receive their county local business tax receipt renewal this month.

The Polk County Tax Collector's Office has sent out 41,925 business tax receipt renewal forms, according to Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County. Anyone engaged in a business in Polk County has until September 30 to obtain a county local business tax receipt, regardless of where in the county the business operates.

Local business taxes were formerly referred to as an "occupational license taxes."

"The term business tax receipt replaces the 'occupational license' designation that Polk businesses are used to dealing with. There is no increase in cost to local businesses," Tedder explains. "Anyone doing business in Polk County is required to obtain a business tax receipt."

The state-wide name change was made to clarify the purpose for the tax assessed on businesses. This tax money is collected by the Tax Collector and primarily distributed to the Polk County Board of County Commissioners which is exclusively used for economic development. Last year, more than $ 1.2 million were distributed to the county for economic development, including business recruitment and promoting the economy in our community.

Any businesses operating in Polk County without a county local business tax receipt should immediately contact the Tax Collector's Office. Failure to timely renewal or obtain an initial receipt will result in additional penalties and can also result in a criminal violation.

To report businesses operating in Polk County without a Business Receipt, please telephone the Tax Collector's Toll Free Hotline at 1-866-687-8876.

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