Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson would like to remind citizens that 2012 Real Estate Property Taxes and Tangible Personal Property Taxes are due by March 31. Because that deadline falls on a Sunday, the deadline is Monday, April 1. Property taxes not paid by the deadline become delinquent and begin accruing interest and advertising fees, which are added to the gross amount due.

“Tangible Personal Property is any tangible item other than real estate used in a business," Anderson said. "This includes furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, appliances, tools, signs, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased equipment, and any other assets used by the business.

"We have a variety of payment methods, including online options. I encourage tax payers to use E-check online. It is free to use and very convenient.”

Another payment option is the Property Tax Installment Plan, which is available for the 2013 taxes. The Installment Plan divides the annual taxes into four (4) payments – due June, September, December and March. The Installment Plan provides for a little over 3% discount and adds the convenience of spreading out payments instead of one lump sum payment. Applications for the Installment Plan are accepted until April 30, 2013 and can be found in the “Forms Center” at www.OkaloosaTax.com.