Gannon: Pay Delinquent Taxes By May 31

Palm Beach County Tax Collector Anne Gannon urges all delinquent taxpayers to bring their accounts up to date before May 31.

Effective April 2, all outstanding 2012 real estate property taxes became delinquent. Property owners with unpaid 2012 property taxes are urged to meet their property tax obligation by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31.

There are 28,931 properties that are delinquent due to non-payment of 2010, 2011 and 2012 taxes.

Failure to pay real estate property taxes by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 31, results in the sale of tax certificates on these properties. Local tax collectors are required by law to hold an annual tax certificate auction to replace uncollected revenues for local governments.

Delinquent properties are being advertised on May 17, 22 and 29. Effective June 1, the total amount due on delinquent 2012 property taxes increases due to the addition of advertising costs and interest rate charges. The auction is scheduled for June 1.

Mailed payments for delinquent 2012 property taxes must be received in the tax collector’s office no later than 5 p.m. on May 31. Delinquent taxes must be paid by cash, money order, certified check, bank draft, U.S. postal order, cashier’s check or wire transfer. Web site payments are not accepted for delinquent real estate taxes. A postmark on a mailed payment is not proof of timely payment of delinquent taxes.

For more information, call the tax collector’s office at (561) 355-2264 or visit