SHALIMAR — The Okaloosa County Tax Collector’s Office will begin collecting delinquent Business Tax Receipts in January.

Tax Collector Ben Anderson says, "BTRs, formerly known as an occupational license, are required for businesses that provide merchandise, entertainment, or services to the public, even if only a one-person company or home-based business."

"We want the public to know this is not a scam. Agents will only call during business hours, Monday through Friday, and identify themselves as Tax Collector employees."

If business owners have questions concerning the call or any other Tax Collector issue, they can call 651-7310.

BTRs are renewed annually and should be paid by Sept. 30 to avoid any penalties. Business owners can initiate, renew or pay for BTRs at When paying online, E-Check is free.

Payments can also be made at any Tax Collector branch office, or by phone at 651-7300.