Governor Ron DeSantis directed the Department of Revenue to provide flexibility on tax due dates to assist those adversely affected by COVID-19. The extended date is April 15 for the last opportunity to pay 2019 Manatee County property taxes before interest, advertising charges and late fees are assessed. To avoid delinquency, payments may be made online at taxcollector.com until 11:59 p.m., mailed in postmarked by April 15, or placed in the drop box at the DeSoto Office, 819 301 Blvd W., Bradenton FL 34205. Partial payments are not accepted. Due to the CDC’s recommendations regarding COVID-19, and to mitigate exposure risks, the Office strongly encourages taxpayers to pay online at taxcollector.com or mail in their payment.
"We are very pleased with the Governor’s decision to extend the deadline,” said Tax Collector Ken Burton, Jr. “Since our customers have a little breathing room before April 15, I want to remind them that the safest and most secure ways to pay taxes are online at taxcollector.com using a credit card or e-check or to mail in their payment. Should customers choose to pay taxes in person, they run the risk that depending on the COVID-19 crisis, we still may not be open to walk in customers. If we are open, we will only accept their payment in our drop boxes or by hand with no receipt provided. And please do not write a bad check. Returned check penalties are hefty and the taxes will remain unpaid.”
Thousands of taxpayers have already chosen to pay their taxes using the Tax Collector’s website, taxcollector.com. Frequently asked questions (FAQ’s) are provided for guidance. There is no fee for online e-check payments (electronic debit from a checking account). Credit cards may be used for online payments only, with a processing fee charged by a secure 3rd party payment processor. Credit cards are not accepted when paying in person or by mail.
Customers need to know that bill-pay services do not directly pay taxes; instead, a paper check is issued, which can take several days to print and mail and may not be received before the deadline. Payments received after the deadline will be returned. The Office is not responsible for payments not received when using an online bill-paying service; therefore, the safest form of payment is to use taxcollector.com to pay taxes.
Taxcollector.com is updated daily so taxpayers can verify that their payment has been received. It may, however, take up to three business days for payment information to be reflected on the website. Property tax receipts can be printed online.
Property owners, who pay their taxes after April 15, still will receive a delinquent notice due to the time required for mail preparation. Delinquent taxes must be paid by 5 p.m. on May 28 in person or online at taxcollector.com to qualify for the May amount due and to avoid the sale of a real estate tax certificate on May 29. Online payments of 2019 real estate taxes will not be available from 5 p.m. on May 28 through early June, to allow for the sale and balancing of tax certificates.
Property Tax Email Alerts are available on taxcollector.com. Email alerts allow customers to receive an email when taxes are due, when a payment is made, when discount periods are ending, and when the taxes are delinquent. View the ‘How to Sign Up for Property Tax Email Alerts’ tutorial for assistance.
For more information, visit taxcollector.com. To ensure the accuracy of the information provided, The Office does not quote property tax payoffs nor confirm the payment status by telephone.
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