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Real Estate Tax

Understanding Your Tax Notice - Property Owner

Taxes on all real estate and tangible personal property and other non-ad valorem assessments are billed, collected and distributed by the Tax Collector. Taxes are levied in Hillsborough County by the taxing authorities. The Property Appraiser establishes the taxable value of real estate and tangible personal property. The millage, or rate of taxation, is set by the Board of County Commissioners, School Board, City Council and governing bodies of other independent special taxing districts and authorities. The millage is set by calculating a rate per $1,000 valuation that will produce their budget needs from ad valorem taxes. One mill represents $1 of tax on each $1,000 of taxable valuation.

Taxes are assessed as of January 1 of each year and are normally due and payable on November 1 of that year. According to Florida Statute 197.122, all property owners have the responsibility to know the amount of tax due and to pay the taxes before April 1 of the following year. Taxes and non-ad valorem assessments become delinquent April 1 at which time 3% interest and advertising costs are added. The amount due on delinquent payments is determined by date received, not by postmark. Failure to receive a tax bill on your property will not relieve you from paying taxes or subsequent penalties which are imposed when taxes become delinquent on April 1st.

Tangible personal property tax is an assessment against the furniture, fixtures and equipment located in businesses. It also applies to structural additions to mobile homes not taxed as real property.