Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, announced his office mailed Business Tax Receipt (BTR) renewal notices to 23,700 businesses in Escambia County. Businesses may renew their BTRs anytime between now and September 30 without penalty. E-checks and credit cards can be used for online transactions.
“Online renewals and our new Business Tax Express option make renewing and purchasing BTRs easier than ever,” said Lunsford. “Renewing and applying online is easy and secure, and there is no wait time.”
“There are many new online options for business owners,” Lunsford continued. “Our goal is to provide multiple options in an ongoing effort to meet and exceed the customer service expectations of the citizens we serve. We understand that our customers’ time is valuable and feel that by offering convenient online options for application, payment and updating, we help alleviate some of the time constraints on them – it’s a win-win for both of us.” Businesses also can make payments by mail or at one of four convenient offices.
Additionally, 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. Businesses can apply online until April 30, 2019 for the 2019 installment plan.
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 who do need to visit our offices can join the line online at EscambiaTaxCollector.com and manage their time their way. Citizens select an office location and type of service, receive a message with approximate service time and then continue their regular activities until the service time approaches.