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2019 property tax 4% discount ends December 4  (Published 11-25-2019)

Wednesday, December 4, is the last day to receive the 4% discount for 2019 Manatee County property tax payments; online payments may be made until 11:59 p.m., and mailed payments must be postmarked that day to receive the 4% discount. Drop boxes are available until 5 p.m. at the DeSoto, Lakewood Ranch, Palma Sola, and North River tax collector offices. As with mailed payments, the customer's check will serve as the receipt.

"The two easiest ways to pay taxes are online at taxcollector.com or by mail," said Tax Collector Ken Burton Jr. "My staff provides excellent service, but during 'crunch time' the cooperation of everyone will help speed up service."

All Manatee County land, home and/or business owners should have received a tax bill, unless the gross tax is less than $15. If a tax bill was not received, visit taxcollector.com to obtain the amount due. The website allows taxpayers to access property tax records, print duplicate tax bills, pay by e-check (no transaction fee) or credit card (third party vendor processing fee), print a receipt and receive an email confirmation of payment. Customers can also sign up to receive property tax email alerts on taxcollector.com. The Central Library has computers available for those who need access to one.

"The next discount period (3%) ends December 31," said Burton. "If taxpayers feel they need to come in to an office instead of paying online or by mail, we recommend visiting in the middle of the month. We also encourage those who are renewing heavy trucks, vehicle, boat or mobile home registrations or Florida driver licenses to do so now, rather than at the end of December."

The tax collector's office must receive delinquent tax payments for any prior tax year no later than 5 p.m. on December 31 to qualify for the December payoff amount. The 2019 taxes are not considered delinquent until April 1, 2020.

Tax collector offices will be closed for the Christmas holidays Tuesday, December 24, and Wednesday, December 25, and on New Year's Day Wednesday, January 1, 2020.

Visit taxcollector.com to make an appointment for driver license, vehicle, boat and mobile home titles (limit 4 transactions per appointment). Appointments for driver license tests are for Manatee County residents only.

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