September 2021, Vol. 15, Issue 9
We are thrilled Tax Talk readership continues to grow, and if you are joining us here for the first time- welcome! Please know that we value our readers and look forward to sharing important news and valuable information with you each month.
With the arrival of September, we are preparing for the end of the annual Business Tax Receipt (BTR) renewal period, which runs July 1 through September 30. I urge local business owners to renew their receipt online here: Local Business Tax if they haven’t already done so. It is fast and easy to do!
Our office is also gearing up for the 2021-22 tax season as we prepare to mail out over 615,000 property tax bills on November 1. Needless to say, it is our largest mailing of the year, and our team is ready to deliver!
I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer and that you and your family remain safe and healthy.
Anne M. Gannon
Constitutional Tax Collector, Serving Palm Beach County
Is Service in your DNA?
In last month’s Tax Talk, I asked service-minded individuals who are seeking meaningful work to consider a career with our agency. We heard from many enthusiastic applicants, and, we have several more Client Service Specialist (CSS) positions available at all locations, including our Client Care & Research Center, and our soon-to-be opened office in the City of Westlake.
We will be inviting select CSS applicants for an opportunity to participate in qualifications testing and an inperson interview with members of our management team – all in the same day! The invitational hiring event will be held on Saturday, September 11 at one of our service centers. If you have 60 hours of college credit and want to join an award-winning team as a Client Service Specialist, please apply by close of business on Monday, August 30, Friday, September 3, to be considered for the invitational event.
Our recruiting team will reach out to invite qualified candidates to the event and provide details at that time. Click here to apply: Client Service Specialist – Constitutional Tax Collector
Ask Anne: Surrendering License Plates
Did you know that license plates are the property of Florida, and are assigned to you, not the vehicle? If you are selling, trading in or otherwise changing vehicles, it is your responsibility to make sure your plate is removed and handled properly. Read on for the answers to common questions concerning license plates, and please visit: Frequently Asked Questions for additional information.
Q: My elderly parent no longer needs their car. We plan to sell it, but what should we do with the license plate?
A: Properly surrendering your plate will protect you from any future possible fraud or misuse of the plate, as it is associated with your parent’s name and address. Include a written request to surrender with the name, address and phone number associated with the registration, and drop it in a Drop Box at one of our six Service Centers (M-F, 8:15 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.) or send it by mail to PBC Tax Collector, P.O. Box 3715, West Palm Beach, FL 33402.
Q: I am going away to college in the fall and do not want to continue paying for auto insurance while my car sits in my parents’ driveway. What should I do?
A: If the decal on the license plate is unexpired, surrender the plate first and then cancel your insurance. This will prevent your driving privilege from being suspended. You can drop the plate off at one of our convenient drop boxes or mail it in with a written request to cancel and recycle the plate (see above for the address).
Q: What should I do with an old plate that I found in my garage?
A: The proper way to dispose of a plate is to surrender it, as outlined above.
And The Award Goes to…
I have heard from many clients that our Tax Planner and Services Guide is their favorite publication from our office. I am thrilled to share that our 2021 edition of the Guide was recently named a 2021 APEX Award Winner in Publications Excellence in the “One-of-a-Kind Publication” category. With nearly 1,200 entries in the competition, each is judged on excellence in graphic design, editorial content, and the success of the entry in achieving overall communications effectiveness, by a panel of Apex judges. The Guide is available in convenient, digital flipbook format here: 2021 Tax Planner and Services Guide, or email us at ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com to request a printed copy.
Thanks! You Liked Us!
Last month, we invited you to join us on social media and “Like” our Facebook page @PBCTAX for a chance to win a free TCO Prize Pack. We were overwhelmed with the response so a huge “thank you” to all who liked our Facebook page. As promised, after the July 25 deadline, we randomly selected three winners. Congratulations to Fernanda Elena Bozzo, John Daniels, and Larry Weiss! To claim your prize if you haven’t already done so, please email ClientAdvocate@pbctax.com and provide your contact phone number and mailing address. A sincere thank you to all who participated!
Important Dates & Deadlines
|July 1 – Sept. 30||Local Business Tax Due|
|Sept. 6||Labor Day – Offices Closed|
|Sept. 30||Last day to make second installment payment for 2021 property taxes|