The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on President’s day February 19th, for in-service training. We will re-open the following Tuesday during our normal business hours from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
The Tax Collector’s office will be closed on Monday, January 15th in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. We will re-open on Tuesday, during our normal business hours from 8:30am to 4:30pm. You may view and pay your property tax bill, auto registration, or make an appointment here on our website.
Income Tax 101: What the New Federal Income Tax Law Means for Alachua County Property Owners
Currently, property owners can deduct property tax payments from their federal taxable income. However, the new federal income tax law includes a $10,000 limit on property tax deductions for 2018 income taxes. Many property owners are calling and visiting our offices to ask about prepaying 2018 property taxes now.
- Property owners cannot prepay 2018 property taxes in 2017. While many financial advisors recommend prepaying 2018 property taxes now, this is not allowed in Florida. Florida law allows tax collectors to begin collecting 2018 taxes on November 1, 2018. Taxpayers who sign up for the 2018 installment plan – splitting property taxes into quarterly payments – begin paying slightly earlier, with the first installment accepted in June 2018. For more information, click here to read Florida Statute 197.333.
- Haven’t paid 2017 property taxes? Pay by December 31 to deduct your 2017 property taxes from your 2017 income taxes. In addition, property owners will receive a 3 percent discount on property tax bills paid in December. The discount drops to 2 percent in January and 1 percent in February. There is no discount for property taxes paid in March. The deadline to pay 2017 property taxes is March 31, 2018.
- Pay property taxes online. Tax collector offices are especially busy the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Avoid lines by paying 2017 property taxes online here.
*Further questions regarding the new federal income tax law should be directed to your tax adviser.
The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on December 25th & 26th and Jan 1st. Wishing you a happy and safe holiday!
Our staff donated food and volunteered their time to help Strike Out Hunger in Alachua County. Through employee donations we were able to provide 1,018 pounds of food to the local food pantries and also provide those less fortunate than ourselves with a Thanksgiving basket! Many thanks to The Long Foundation, Inc. for organizing this annual event for our community. Happy Thanksgiving!
The Tax Collector’s Office will be closed for the Thanksgiving Holiday on Thursday and Friday, November 23rd and 24th. We will re-open on Monday, November 27th, during our normal office hours.
The Alachua County Tax Collector’s office is now issuing the new state of Florida driver license and ID cards. Each office became equipped with the ability to issue the new cards as of November 9th. The new, more secure cards provides Floridians the most secure over-the-counter credential on the market today. By the end of December 2017, the new cards will be available at all service centers throughout Florida and online. Previous driver license and ID cards will still be in use alongside the new cards until replaced or phased out.
For more information and details on the new cards you may visit the state of Florida’s website here: https://www.flhsmv.gov/driver-licenses-id-cards/newdl/
Tax Collector John Power Receives State Award for Financial Excellence
The Legacy Award is one of the most significant honors the Florida Tax Collectors Association awards a local Tax Collector. The award is given based on four areas of competency: Innovation & Automation, Perfect Annual Audit Report, Customer Focus, and Budgeting. “I am so proud of my staff. This is quite an accomplishment and all the credit goes to them,” said John Power, Tax Collector.
The Alachua County Tax Collector’s Office is participating in the Strike Out Hunger, community-wide food drive event. We have donation boxes setup at each location and are accepting donations of canned and non-perishable food items from now until the end of October. The beneficiaries of the food items will be citizen’s of Alachua County and nonprofit food banks and pantries. If you need additional information on the Strike Out Hunger Week, please contact The Long Foundation or the MLK Commission at (352) 371-4566.
Alachua County Tax Collector
12 SE 1st Street
County Administration Building
Gainesville, FL, 32601