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Larger Crowds Expected as Deadline Approaches

03/25/13 - BARTOW

Joe G. Tedder, CFC, Polk County Tax Collector, advises taxpayers to avoid the rush and pay their 2012 property taxes before the end of this month. Tedder's office reminds property owners that the deadline for payment of 2012 real estate and tangible personal property taxes is this coming Sunday, March 31, 2013.

Tedder advises taxpayers not to wait until the last possible date to pay their taxes. "With spring break also falling on the last week of the month, this may be one of the busiest weeks of the year in our offices. My advice is to get your payment in today." Payment made after the applicable payment deadlines will be considered delinquent and late fees and interest will be accrued.

Mail-in payments should be addressed to:

Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County
P.O. Box 1189
Bartow, Florida 33831-1189

Mail-in payments may be made by way of a check or money order made payable to Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector. Checks must be in U.S. funds and drawn on U.S. banks. Do not send cash through the mail. Mail-in credit card payments are also accepted when accompanied by a credit card payment slip provided by the Tax Collector's Office. When paying by credit card, a convenience fee of 2.5% will be charged.

Payments may be made at any of the following Tax Collector Branch Offices:

BARTOW Service Center (Main Office) - 430 E. Main Street

LAKELAND Service Center - Inside the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street, Room 261

HAINES CITY Service Center - 74 Maxcy Plaza Circle

LAKE WALES Service Center - Lake Wales Plaza, 658 State Road 60 West

Note: Property tax payments may also be placed in drop boxes located inside the Service Centers, which are open from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM every day except Wednesday when office hours are 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM (excluding weekends and observed holidays), and at the Winter Haven Tag Agency, located at 300 Avenue M, N.W., which is open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday (excluding weekends and observed holidays).

For more information, visit or telephone the Tax Collector's Office at (863) 534-4700.


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