Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson would like to remind residents that March 31 is the deadline to pay their 2017 real estate property taxes and tangible personal property taxes. Property taxes not paid by March 31 become delinquent and will be subject to delinquency interest and advertising fees, which are added to the gross amount due.

“Payments can be made in one of our offices, over the phone, or online,” Anderson said. “I also encourage tax payers to use E-check online … E-check is free. Why wait in line when you can pay online?

“Tangible personal property is any tangible item other than real estate used in a business," he added. "This includes furniture, fixtures, machinery, equipment, appliances, tools, signs, leasehold improvements, supplies, leased equipment, and any other assets used by the business.”

Another payment option for taxpayers to consider for future tax payments is the Property Tax Installment Plan. This option is now available for the 2018 tax year. The Installment Plan divides the annual taxes into four payments, due June, September, December and March. The Installment Plan provides for 3.3 percent 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, 2018, and can be completed and submitted online at www.OkaloosaTax.com by selecting the green “Taxes” link on the right hand side and searching for your account.

Important Dates

March 31: Full amount due on real estate property taxes and tangible personal property taxes

March 31: Fourth and final Installment Payment Due on 2017 Taxes

April 30: Installment Plan Applications are due

June 1: First Installment Payment Due