NOVEMBER 2013 PROPERTY TAX COLLECTIONS
BRING IN MORETHAN 75 PERCENT OF BILLED REVENUE
West Palm Beach, FL - - - Anne M. Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector, reports her office collected $2.29 billion of the $3.02 billion billed for the 2013 property tax season during November. This revenue represents 467,985 or 68 percent of all billed properties in the 2013 cycle. November payments receive a 4 percent discount, the highest allowable by Florida law.
Electronic payments increased by $72 million, or 62 percent over November 2012. Also notable is the agency’s successful collaboration with area banks to convert their online bill payments from paper checks to digital payments. "That’s over $31 million or nearly 10,000 bank transactions that we didn’t have to hand process," said Gannon. "This is a huge efficiency improvement."
The majority of property owners pay by mail. Of the $2.29 billion collected, $1 billion was received by mail. Unlike electronic payments, there is a higher rate of processing delays that result from taxpayers who staple, clip fold or mark on payments. These taxpayer errors cause payment rejections in the agency’s high speed mechanical processing. Rejected payments must be processed manually, creating delays for property owners and increasing processing costs for the Tax Collector’s office. In November, $276 million or 80,994 mailed payments required hand processing. This issue could be completely avoided if taxpayers pay online.
Property owners can pay online at www.pbctax.com. Online payments are secure. Multiple transactions are accepted and an online e-pay tutorial is posted to help first-time users. Payments made by January 31 receive a 2% discount and there is a 1% discount in February. Taxes are delinquent on April 1, 2014.
|Contact:||Anne Gannon, Constitutional Tax Collector|