Scott Lunsford, Escambia County Tax Collector, encourages taxpayers to take advantage of the Tax Payment Installment Plan and pay next year’s real estate or tangible personal property taxes quarterly.
By utilizing this plan, taxpayers may elect to prepay their next year’s taxes by making 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. The installment payment plan application deadline for 2020 property taxes is April 30, 2020.
To be eligible for the plan, the taxpayer’s prior year taxes must exceed $100, and the taxpayer may not have an escrow account. Property owners can apply online at EscambiaTaxCollector.com.
“The installment program can benefit those citizens who may have a hard time coming up with a lump sum payment in November,” Lunsford said. “The 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.”
For example, if a tax bill was an even $1,000, the amounts due for each quarterly payment would be:
• June – first quarter – $235.00
• September – second quarter – $238.75
• December – third quarter – $242.50
• March – fourth quarter – $250.00
Each quarterly bill receives a different discount for early payment as prescribed by Florida Statutes and are reflected in the estimated amounts listed above.
For additional information, visit our website at EscambiaTaxCollector.com/property-tax/payment-options.
Citizens are encouraged to visit our virtual office at EscambiaTaxCollector.com to conduct most tax collector business 24 hours a day. Our online services allow customers to pay their taxes, search records, renew vehicle and vessel registrations and many other services. 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.
To check the status of your taxes or to pay online, visit our website at EscambiaTaxCollector.com. Taxpayers are encouraged to contact us by email ectc@EscambiaTaxCollector.com or by phone with any questions.