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Taxpayers Should Look For Property Tax Bills In Mailboxes This Week

BARTOW, Florida/ PR Free/ October 31, 2013

Polk County Tax Collector Joe G. Tedder reports that the 2013 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 that 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.

Tedder's staff reports that over 328,719 property tax bills will go out in the mail this week. The only exceptions to this are those property owners who have opted to pay by an installment plan. For them, no November bill will be sent; instead, they will be notified of third quarter installment payments due December 1.

Taxes for 2013 have a total taxable amount of $510,192,567 as compared to last year's tax roll which had a total taxable amount of $492,357,950, which represents a 3% increase in taxes and assessments billed from the prior year.

Included in the mailing, the tax office also provides an informational insert with the tax notice to help answer taxpayer questions. The insert includes a listing of taxing and levying authorities and their telephone numbers as well as a brief description of taxes and/or assessments that may appear on an individual's tax bill.

Property owners who do not receive their property tax notice(s) by Thursday, November 14 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 the Tax Collector website, where they can print out a copy of their tax bill(s).

On Friday, November 1, the Tax Collector's Office will begin accepting 2013 property tax payments which may be made as follows:

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 and 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 Haines City Service Center, located at 74 Maxcy Plaza Circle. In Lakeland, payments may be made at the Lakeland Service Center, now located inside the Polk County Government Center at 930 E. Parker Street, Room 261. NOTE: This location will close on Thursday, November 7 and services will resume on Tuesday, November 12 at the new location on 916 N. Massachusetts Avenue.

For customer convenience, tax payments may also be placed in a DROP BOX provided inside the Winter Haven Tag Agency, located at 300 Avenue M, NW.

For maps to these locations or other information related to your property taxes, please visit the Tax Collector's web site

Beginning April 1, 2014, all unpaid property taxes for the 2013 tax year become delinquent.


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