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As a property owner in Sarasota County, it pays to be informed about your rights and responsibilities under Florida law.  Understanding the procedures regarding property taxes can save you money and will help this office to better serve you.  If you have questions not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us at (941) 861-8300, option 3 or e-mail Info@SarasotaTaxCollector.com

 
bullet When do I pay my property taxes?
 
bullet What if I don't get my bill?
 
bullet The mailing address on my bill is incorrect.  How do I have it changed?
 
bullet What if I receive a tax bill and I no longer own the property?
 
bullet What if I receive a notice stating "This bill has been requested by an escrow company"?
bullet How can I get a paid receipt?
 
bullet Do I have to pay all my taxes at once?
 
bullet What if I cannot afford to pay my property tax bill?
 
bullet I bought the property during the year.  Do I have to pay taxes for the whole year?
 
bullet Who decides what my taxes will be?
 
bullet Is my property tax payment deductible on my federal income tax return?
 
 
bullet Who do I contact for other questions?
Clerk of Circuit Court
Property Appraiser
 
 
 
 
 
 

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When do I pay my property taxes?

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bulletFlorida law provides for certain discounts on CURRENT TAXES  if they are paid before March of the following year.  Discounts are accepted according to the POSTMARK of your payment.  Tax bills are mailed out in November of each year with the following discounts in effect for early payment:

4% if paid in November
3% if paid in December
2% if paid in January
1% if paid in February
Gross taxes become due in March

bulletTaxes become delinquent April 1st and additional charges become due.
bulletIf you are paying your taxes on the installment plan, there is a completely different schedule for payment.  For more information about the installment program, click here.
What if I don't get my bill?

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bulletAccording to Florida law, it is the responsibility of the property owner to see that a bill is received and taxes are paid.  Tax statements are sent to the owner and the address on record.  If you move, it is your responsibility to send written notification to the Property Appraiser.  A delay in recording of the deed can also result in your not receiving a bill on your property.
bulletYou should have received a separate tax bill for each property you own.  Verify that the legal description on the tax bill is for all of your property.
bulletIf you do not receive a bill by November 15th, notify this office immediately or you can obtain one from this web site.  Click here.
The mailing address on my bill is incorrect.  How do I have it changed?

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bulletThe mailing address on your tax bill is certified to us by the Property Appraiser. If your mailing address differs from that shown on your tax bill, click here to complete the Change of Address form.
What if I receive a tax bill and I no longer own the property?

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bulletIf you received a real estate tax bill for property you no longer own, please forward it to the new owner or return it to this office.  If you received a tangible personal property tax bill for property you no longer own, but you did own on January 1 of the year on the tax bill, you are still responsible for paying the taxes.  If you did not own the tangible personal property on or after January 1 of the year on the tax bill, you need to contact the Property Appraiser immediately at (941) 861-8200.
What if I receive a notice stating "This bill has been requested by an escrow company"?

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bulletThis statement means that an escrow company has requested your original bill.  By Florida law, when an escrow company requests a property tax bill, the tax collector is required to send it to them.  The property owner then receives an informational notice, which is what you have.  If your taxes are not escrowed through a mortgage company, you should submit payment with the bottom portion of your notice.  If your taxes are escrowed you do not need to do anything further - your escrow company would have received the same bill.  However, if your taxes are escrowed and you received the original bill (no statement in the box at the top), contact your mortgage company immediately.
How can I get a paid receipt?

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bulletPaid receipts can be printed anytime from this web site (click here).
Do I have to pay all my taxes at once?

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There are two options that allow you to pay less than the full amount due.  For taxes that are due now you can make a partial payment.  For future taxes you may be able to pay quarterly installments.
bulletPartial Payments - You can make partial payments for your property taxes but there are several things you should know before making a partial payment.  For more information click here.
 
bulletInstallments - It is too late to apply for the installment method for paying your 2013 taxes; that deadline was April 30, 2013. Enrollment for the 2014 Installment Plan will become available November 1st when the 2013 tax roll is open for collection.
What if I cannot afford to pay my property tax bill?

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bulletFlorida law entitles you to defer payment of a portion of your tax bill if you are eligible for homestead exemption.  This also depends on your age and income.  Interest is charged on the deferred taxes and treated as a lien against your property.  Taxes and interest are due only upon your death or if you sell your home.  Application must be made on or before January 31st.  For more information, click here.
bulletWhile your taxes will still be due in full, you are permitted to make partial payments on your current year's taxes or to apply for quarterly installments on next year's taxes.  For more information, click here for partial payment or installment information.
I bought the property during the year.  Do I have to pay taxes for the whole year?

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bulletNo matter when you purchase the property, as the owner, you are responsible for paying the entire tax bill mailed in November.  However, taxes are usually prorated on the closing statement and credit is given by the seller for the time during the year that you were not the owner.  This credit is between you and the seller.  No money is given by the seller to the Tax Collector as partial payment of that year's taxes.
Who decides what my taxes will be?

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bulletAccording to Florida law, your tax bill includes both ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments.  For more information about each of these:
bullet Ad Valorem Taxes
bullet Non-Ad valorem Assessments
Is my property tax payment deductible on my federal income tax return?

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bulletIf you itemize your deductions on your tax return, you may include the Ad Valorem tax portion of your bill in your deductions.  However, the non-ad valorem assessments on your bill may not be deductible.  You should consult with your tax return preparer before including the non-ad valorem assessments in your deductions.
bulletAccording to the IRS website on itemized deductions:  "Include taxes (state, local or foreign) you paid on real estate you own that was not used for business, but only if the taxes are based on the assessed value of the property."  For further information, the following is a link to the relevant section on the IRS website.  Go to page A-6, "Line 6 Real Estate Taxes".   www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/i1040sca.pdf  (2012 instructions are not yet available.)
Who do I contact for other questions?

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bulletProperty Values
bulletAddress Changes
bulletExemption Information
Bill Furst
Property Appraiser          (941) 861-8200
www.SC-PA.com
 
bulletRecording of Deeds
bulletCopies of Deeds
bulletDocumentary Stamps
Karen Rushing
Clerk of Circuit Court        (941) 861-7400
www.SarasotaClerk.com