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Last Chance on 2010 Property Taxes

West Palm Beach , FL - Last Chance on 2010 Property Taxes

Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, reminds property owners that the deadline to pay delinquent property taxes is 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, 2011.  After that date, all unpaid taxes will be listed for sale at the annual Tax Certificate Auction.  This year 32,146 property owners are delinquent.

 “I know that many families are struggling.  If you have the ability to put together a payment, I strongly encourage you retire this obligation now.  A delay will only result in escalating costs and fees.  That’s because once a Tax Certificate is sold, our agency is required to apply interest and fees,” said Gannon. 

Florida law requires Tax Collectors hold an annual Tax Certificate Sale for delinquent property taxes on or before June 1.  A tax certificate, often referred to as a first lien, is placed on a delinquent property and sold through a competitive bid process.  The party who purchases a tax certificate does not actually own the property.  They own the tax certificate, the first lien.

By law, a property owner has 2 years to pay delinquent taxes.  Once a tax certificate is sold, interest and advertising fees are applied to the amount owed.  This means that amount owed increases by a minimum of ten percent.  These costs can rise due to increases of interest rates awarded during the period of time between the tax certificate sale and the redemption date.

“This is one of the most painful aspects of my job.  It is heartbreaking to see families in serious financial distress,” said Gannon. “I keep focused on the fact that this process is necessary to for the broader community’s benefit.  We have to recoup $121 million delinquent funds so we don’t jeopardize the delivery of critical services in our community for everyone.”

Delinquent taxes cannot be paid online. Payments must be made at a service center or by mail.  Mail payments must be received, not postmarked, at Gannon’s office no later than 5:00 p.m., May 31, 2011.  Delinquent taxes must be paid by cash, money order, certified check, bank draft, US postal order, cashier’s check or wire transfer.  Credit Cards are not accepted.

Release Date: 
Monday, May 9, 2011
Contact Information: 
Contact: Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector
  (561) 355-4271
KClarke@pbcgov.org

 

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