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The tax collector collects two types of property taxes: real estate and tangible personal property tax. Tax bills for each type of tax are due on the same date and are subject to the same discounts. The revenue from both types of property tax is distributed to local taxing authorities.

Real property taxes are collected for assessments on property located in described geographic areas, designated as parcels. The assessment includes land, building, fixtures, and improvements to the land.

Tangible personal property taxes are collected on furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, tools, and supplies that are used in connection with the operation of a business.

Tax amounts for both real estate and tangible taxes are established by multiplying the assessed value (less any allowed exemptions) times the current millage rate. Assessed values for tangible accounts are based on an annual return filed by the business owner to the property appraiser declaring the equipment used in the operation of the business. Assessed values for real estate accounts are determined by the property appraiser using standard appraisal criteria.

Due dates are the same for both real estate and tangible taxes. The bills are mailed on November 1 for the calendar year beginning January 1 and ending December 31. Taxpayers who pay prior to March of the following year will receive early payment discounts.

Discount periods are: November (4%), December (3%), January (2%), and February (1%). The gross amount (no discounts or penalties) is collected if payment is made in March. All taxes become delinquent April 1.

Penalties are charged beginning April 1. Delinquent penalty for real estate taxes is 3%. Delinquent tangible accounts are charged a 1½% late fee during the month of April, with an additional 1½% being charged in May if the taxes remain unpaid. Both real estate and tangible delinquent accounts are charged an advertising fee in May. Tax certificate liens are issued June 1 of each year for those real estate taxes that still remain unpaid prior to the tax certificate sale.

Alternate payment methods, including prepayment by quarterly installment and partial payment of current taxes, may be available by application to the tax collector.

Escambia County taxpayers can pay their ad valorem property tax bills online with a credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express) or with an electronic check. A convenience fee of 2.35% will be charged by the service provider on credit card transactions and $1 for electronic check transactions. Please have your property tax account number from your tax bill.

To pay by check, you will also need the following:

  • ABA or bank routing number from the bottom of your check
  • Checking account number
  • Check number

The tax collector is responsible for the preparation and mailing of tax bills based on information contained on the current tax roll certified by the property appraiser.

The property appraiser (850) 434-2735 is responsible for applying homestead and other exemptions, preparing the current tax roll, establishing the assessed values of all property, and compiling owner(s) name, address, and legal description.

Discount periods are: November (4%), December (3%), January (2%), February (1%), and gross taxes are due in March. Discounts are determined by the payment postmark. Checks payable for less than the amount due will be returned unless submitted with a statement of intent and understanding as a partial payment under Florida Statute. Tax certificates will be sold on all unpaid accounts on or before June 1, resulting in additional charges and the possible sale of your property at a future date.

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