Palm Beach County Tax Collector: property tax discount ends Feb. 28

TaxCollectorLogoFebruary is the last month for property tax early payment discounts, Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon said in a newsletter. Pay by February 28 and save 1 percent.

Property taxes are due by March 31. Taxpayers can use the office’s ePay system; instructions are on the website.

Taxpayers also can sign up for the Tax Collector’s advance installment plan for their 2018 property tax payment; make four payments throughout the year and get a discount of just under 4 percent. Sign up on the website by April 30.

The Tax Collector also offers a tax planner and  services guide. It includes a calendar, information about services, frequently asked questions, and a glossary of tax terms. Pick up a hard copy at one of the Tax Collector’s offices or click here to download. For bulk copies, email ClientAdvocate@taxcollectorpbc.com.

For more, call the tax collector at 561- 355-2264.

 

Palm Beach County phone lines down for several hours today

1A_CELLPHONE_UPDATE: Except for a few dozen lines, all phone service was restored as of around 3 p.m.

About 6,000 telephone lines, to many Palm Beach County offices, went down early Monday morning, most for a half hour or so but some until 1 p.m. and the Tax Collector, and Animal Care and Control remained out as of around 2:30 p.m., according to Michael Butler, the county’s director of network services.

Butler said he hoped to have everything back up by the end of the day. He said the county still didn’t know the cause but was working with representatives of its vendor that are based in Texas and Germany.

He said the general switchboards for county offices and the courts were out to inbound calls until about 1 p.m. and the courts and  Public Defender was out briefly.

Not affected: the county’s Emergency Operations Center,  Sheriff’s Office, Fire-Rescue, and State Attorney.

Sign up to pay Palm Beach County property taxes in installments

TaxCollectorLogoPeople can sign up to pay property taxes in four installments, Tax Collector Anne Gannon said Monday.

The deadline to apply is April 30, 2017. The plan offers a discount of slightly under 4 percent. Quarterly payments are due by the last day of June, September, December and March.

Property owners can go online and complete a short application. Applications were mailed with all 2016 tax bills or can be picked up at a Tax Collector service center.

In 2016, about 22,117 properties were enrolled in the plan. If you’re in the plan now, you don’t need to re-enroll.

Visit https://www.pbctax.com for more.

 

UPDATE: Tax Collector service restored after outage affected license, registration services

UPDATE: Service has been restored at all locations, the Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office has confirmed.

EARLIER STORY:

The Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office said Tuesday it was experiencing a temporary outage, affecting several of its services.

TaxCollectorLogoVehicle titles, registrations and driver licenses are the primary services affected at this time.

The Tax Collector’s Office said in-office wait times and transaction processing will be longer than usual until services are restored.

Check back for updates.

Paying Palm Beach County property taxes in installments? First bill goes out Wednesday

TaxCollectorLogoIf you’re one of the 25,234 Palm Beach County property owners who have signed up to pay your annual property taxes in quarterly installments, you first bill will go in the mail Wednesday, the Tax Collector’s office said today.

Quarterly payments are due in June, September, December and March. You must pay the first one by June 30th or you’re booted from the program. Enrollees can pay online at http://www.pbctax.com . “eCheck” payments are free. Convenience fees are applied to credit and debit card transactions.

Enrollees get a discount of just under 4 percent. Any property owner with estimated taxes of more than $100 qualifies and had to have enrolled by April 30.

 

New Palm Beach County Tax Center opens Saturday

TaxCollectorLogoThe Palm Beach County Tax Collector’s Office will hold a ribbon cutting and open house from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2, at its new Central Palm Beach Service Center, at 4215 South Military Trail in suburban Lake Worth.

The new, larger center replaces one just down the road that was closed in January. The tax collector still has five other remote service centers, besides the Central Center and the governmental center in West Palm Beach, and had an eighth center in Lantana that closed at the end of November.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Service Centers:

People also may mail or drop off payments. And they can go online to www.pbctax.com to pay 2015 property taxes, do motor vehicle and vessel registrations, make business tax payments, schedule driver license appointments, or check current wait times. Call 561-355-2264.

Haven’t paid property taxes? Hurry. Deadline is Thursday

022616-PBC-TAX-LINES-3Remember those long lines at the Palm Beach County Governmental Center at the end of February? Expect them again this week.

Thursday is the deadline for property taxes. Period. Penalties and fees apply after that.

In late February, lines to get into the county Tax Collector’s office snaked through the main lobby and, on some days, out the door and into the courtyard.

Part of it was because the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles office, near Palm Beach International  Airport, closed in June, sending driver license business went to the tax collector office.

But a lot of it was good old procrastination. Feb. 29 was the last day to get a 1 percent discount. It was 2 percent in January and 3 percent in December.

Now time’s up.

Downtown West Palm Beach isn’t your only option. You can go to the new Central Center on Military Trail as well as five satellite offices.

Tax Collector Anne Gannon has said up to four in 10 people can go to her website to conduct their business.

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Service Centers:

People may also mail or drop off payments. And they can go online towww.pbctax.com to pay 2015 property taxes, do motor vehicle and vessel registrations, make business tax payments, schedule driver license appointments, or check current wait times. Call 561-355-2264.

 

Long lines at Palm Beach County tax collector? get used to it

TaxCollectorLogoAt the Palm Beach County Governmental Center, lines to get into the county Tax Collector’s office snake through the main lobby and, on some days, out the door and into the courtyard.

Welcome to the new normal. A car wreck of circumstances means you can count on lines longer than they’ve been in past years, although some relief is expected on March 1, when the last of discounts for prepaying property taxes ends, and April 1, the drop-dead deadline before getting hit with fines and penalties, tax collector’s spokeswoman Karen Clarke said.

“This has become the new normal for down there. Especially the first and last part of the month and Mondays and Fridays,” Clarke said. She also said busiest times are the obvious ones; start and end of day and lunch hour.

None of this sits well with County Commissioner Shelley Vana, who sees the lines when she comes to her office.

“It’s ridiculous. It has never been like this before,” Vana said. “These poor people are coming from all over the place. People are not happy.”

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(Staff writer Joe Capozzi contributed)