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Over 23,000 Businesses in Escambia County to Receive Renewal Notices

Business Tax Receipt (BTR) renewal notices were mailed to 23,505 businesses in Escambia County. Businesses may renew their BTRs anytime between now and September 30.

Businesses can make online payments here. "Paying online is easy and secure, and there is no wait time," said Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector. E-checks and credit cards can be used for online transactions. Businesses also can make payments by mail or at one of our four convenient offices.

Also, business owners are encouraged to take advantage of the installment plan for tangible personal property tax payments. By utilizing this plan, business owners with a tangible personal property tax bill of at least $100 can make four quarterly payments instead of one lump sum payment. Each quarterly bill will receive a different discount for early payment as prescribed by Florida Statutes. The quarterly payments are due by the last day of June, September, December and March. Paper applications are being accepted now, and businesses can apply online after November 1, 2017. The Installment Payment Plan application deadline for 2018 property taxes is April 30, 2018.

Lunsford said, "The installment program not only helps ease the financial burden on taxpayers by allowing them to spread out the payments, it also provides a discount for making payments on time."

Customers now can get in line online through QLess, a more convenient way to join the line. Once you choose which line to join, you will receive a message with your approximate service time; you then can continue your regular activities until your service time approaches. You will receive status updates, be able to request additional time, if necessary, or cancel your spot if unable to make it. This system eliminates the need for sitting in crowded lobbies for your number to be called.

There are four ways to join the queue:

  • download the QLess app (available on iTunes and Google Play)
  • text an office location to (850) 344-1875
    • ectc downtown
    • ectc marcus pointe
    • ectc molino
    • ectc warrrington
  • online
  • in person at any of our four convenient tax collector offices

Applications and additional information for BTRs are available at EscambiaTaxCollector.com. If you have any questions, please visit our website, email us at ectc@EscambiaTaxCollector.com or call (850) 438-6500.

Published on: August 9, 2017