For Release

March 26, 2020

Contact: Kara Stallings

Director of Administration




Taxpayers Urged to Pay Online, Use Drop Boxes Available at All Office Locations or Mail Payments


BAY COUNTY, FL- The Florida Department of Revenue has granted an extension on 2019 property tax payments. Payments received by April 15, 2020 will be considered paid timely. Bay County property owners are encouraged to use online, mail and drop box payment options. Payment can also be made over the phone.

            All Bay County Tax Collector office lobbies remain closed at this time due to COVID-19. Customers can contact the office by calling (850) 248-8501 or they can request a call back using the “Join the Line” feature on or through the QLess Queuing App on a smart phone.

Taxpayers unsure of the payment status of a tax account(s) can visit and click on the Pay Online Property Tax button in the middle of the page to search for an account and view payment status. Payments can be made online with an electronic check for current taxes without paying convenience fees. Convenience fees do still apply to debit and credit card payments.

            Accounts delinquent on April 16 will require payment in certified U.S. funds in the form of a money order, cashier’s check or cash and will be assessed a 3 percent penalty for real estate accounts and a 1.5 percent penalty for tangible accounts. Personal checks cannot be accepted for delinquent accounts and will be returned.

Accounts unpaid as of May 1 will be assessed an advertising fee and penalty. Unpaid real estate accounts are assessed a 3 percent penalty, plus advertising fee and tangible accounts are assessed a 1.5 percent penalty, plus advertising fee. These properties are then advertised in the paper as required by law. If still unpaid by May 31, these properties are included in an online tax certificate sale on June 1.  

            For more information regarding the Bay County Tax Collector’s Office, please visit or follow on Facebook at

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