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Manatee County 2016 property tax payment deadline is March 31  (Published 03-24-2017)

The last opportunity to pay 2016 Manatee County property taxes before interest, advertising charges and late fees are assessed is March 31, 2017. To avoid delinquency, payments may be made online at taxcollector.com until 11:59 p.m. or in person at four Manatee County Tax Collector locations no later than 5:00 p.m. Mailed-in payments must be postmarked by March 31. Partial payments are not accepted.

"The two quickest, easiest ways to pay taxes are to pay online at taxcollector.com using a credit card or e-check or to mail in the payment," said Tax Collector Ken Burton, Jr. "There are also two things taxpayers should not do: First, do not wait until the end of March to pay taxes in person. When we have heavy customer traffic, the number of payments a customer makes at one time may be limited. Second, do not write a bad check. Returned check penalties are hefty, and the taxes will still be unpaid."

Thousands of taxpayers have chosen to pay their taxes using the tax collector's website, taxcollector.com. Frequently-asked questions (FAQ) are provided for guidance. There is no fee for online e-check payments (electronic debit to a checking account). Credit cards may be used for online payments only, with a processing fee charged by a secure third-party payment processor. Credit cards are not accepted when paying in person or by mail.

The office recommends using taxcollector.com to pay taxes. Bill-pay services do not directly pay taxes; instead, a paper check is issued, which can take several days to print and mail and which might not be received before the deadline. Payments received after the deadline will be returned. The office is not responsible for payments not received when using an online bill-paying service.

The taxcollector.com website is updated daily so taxpayers can verify that their payment has been received. It may, however, take up to three business days for payment information to be reflected on the website. Online receipts dating back to 2008 may be printed.

On April 17, an estimated 10,000 delinquent real estate and personal property tax notices will be mailed to all property owners with unpaid 2016 property taxes (Florida Statute 197.343). Property owners who paid their taxes after 5:00 p.m. on April 4 will still receive a delinquent notice due to the time required for mail preparation. Delinquent taxes must be paid by 5:00 p.m. on May 30 in person or online at taxcollector.com to qualify for the May amount due and to avoid the sale of a real estate tax certificate. Payments may be dropped off at four tax collector locations until 5:00 p.m. on May 29, but customers can still pay online or in person and wait for an associate to post their payment through 5:00 p.m. on May 30. Online payments of 2016 real estate taxes will not be available from 5:00 p.m. on May 30 through early June, to allow for the sale and balancing of tax certificates.

Florida law requires delinquent personal property taxes to be advertised once and real estate taxes to be advertised three times. If real estate taxes remain unpaid, tax certificates will be sold at the annual Tax Certificate Sale on May 31, conducted online at www.pacificblueauction.com. Bidders have the opportunity to pay the taxes at an interest rate determined by the auction and then issued a certificate. If the taxes remain delinquent after two years, those holding a two-year-old certificate can apply for a tax deed. If a tax deed is applied for by the certificate holder and is not redeemed by the date of tax deed sale, the property could be sold by the clerk of court's office to the highest bidder on their website: manatee.realforeclose.com.

Manatee County Tax Collector locations are:
  • Palma Sola - 7411 Manatee Ave. W., Suite 200, Bradenton
  • North River – 4333 US 301 N., Ellenton
  • Lakewood Ranch - 6007 111th St. E. (off SR 70), Bradenton
  • DeSoto - 819 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton, adjacent to the DeSoto Mall
Our Driver License Office and the First Manatee South County Tag Agency do NOT accept drop-off or in-person tax payments.

For more information, visit taxcollector.com. To ensure the accuracy of the information provided, our office does not quote property tax payoffs or confirm the payment status by telephone.

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The mission of the Manatee County Tax Collector's Office is to perform our duties with integrity and respect, focusing on innovation and serving with excellence.
Manatee County Tax Collector is a 2011 Governor's Sterling Award Recipient

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