Okaloosa County Tax Collector Ben Anderson would like to remind property owners they have an opportunity to take advantage of a 3% early payment discount on property taxes if paid by December 31. Anderson says, “Last month property owners saved over $5.8 million dollars on their tax bills by taking advantage of the 4% early payment discount.” He continues, “I want to encourage those who missed the discount last month, to recognize the significant savings benefit of the 3% early payment discount available in December.” Anderson also reminds, “For those not already on the Installment Tax Payment Plan, I urge you to sign up by calling our Office at 651-7300. This plan allows the Taxpayer to spread out their property tax payments into 4 smaller tax payments over the year, which eases the burden of one lump sum payment. Furthermore, by signing up for the Installment Tax Payment Plan, participants receive a 3.3% discount.” He continues, “It is just one of the many services we offer to make doing business with us something that will save time and money.” Please note: The Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office will be closed on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. However, customers can Do Business Online, Not Inline at www.OkaloosaTax.com. Other than the holidays mentioned above, the Tax Collector’s Offices in Ft. Walton Beach, Crestview, Niceville and Destin are open 8:30am – 5:00pm Monday through Friday. Our branch locations at Eglin and Hurlburt Field are open 8:30am – 4:30pm Monday through Friday. Discounts for early tax payments are set forth in Florida Statutes to be 4% if paid in November, 3% in December, 2% in January and 1% in February. Sign up for BillExpress today to have a copy of your tax bill sent to your inbox, as well as your mail box.