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 News Briefs


Release Date: Thursday, October 29, 2020


BARTOW, Florida - Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, reports the 2020 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 16th, 2020 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 where they can access and then print out a copy of their tax bill(s).

If paying:

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.

ONLINE - 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 Davenport Service Center, located at 2000 Deer Creek Commerce Lane. 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

Beginning April 1, 2021, all unpaid property taxes submitted by mail or online for the 2020 tax year become delinquent.

For more information, please go to

About the Office of Joe G. Tedder, Tax Collector for Polk County, Florida

Joe G. Tedder is elected by the people of Polk County to serve as their Tax Collector. The Office of Tax Collector is provided in Florida’s Constitution to serve in the state’s political subdivisions known as counties. The Tax Collector’s Office for Polk County has service centers in Bartow, Lakeland, Davenport, and Lake Wales. The Tax Collector’s Office serves over 720,000 residents in Polk County, offering services such as: Driver licenses and identification cards; motor vehicle registrations, decals, license plates, titles and disabled person parking placards; real estate and tangible personal property taxes; county local business taxes; tourist development taxes; concealed weapons license applications and renewals; and, other services.

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