Real Estate Taxes Frequently Asked Questions

I paid off my mortgage and want to pay my taxes in November. What do I do?
Mortgage and/or loan service companies provide our office with a list of escrowed accounts (referenced by property control number) to be paid by them annually. When you pay off your mortgage, it is the mortgage company's responsibility to remove your property identification number from this annually submitted list. Our office will then send the tax bill directly to the property owner who is responsible for payment of the property taxes. On or after November 1st you may access your property tax information on our website and proceed with one of our convenient payment options.
How do I change my mailing address for my property taxes?
The Hillsborough County Property Appraiser’s Office is the agency responsible to change property owner’s mailing address and/or any name corrections. This information is certified to the Tax Collector once a year in October through the certified tax roll. You may contact the Property Appraiser's office at 813-272-6100 or visit their website at hcpafl.org to complete the online address change form.
I got a tax notice with the previous owner's name, why isn't my name on the tax notice since I own the property?
If you were not the owner of the property prior to the certification of the tax roll, the Property Appraiser’s Office may not have received notification of the change of ownership on the deed in time for it to reflect on the tax bill.
How do I get a copy of my tax notice to go to the dump?
You can print a copy your tax notice from this website or you may visit one of our branch locations. Property tax search tool
What are Non-Ad Valorem taxes?
Non-Ad Valorem taxes are assessments based on the benefit they provide to a specific parcel of property. The Non-Ad Valorem assessments have limited boundaries and are created by general law, special act, local ordinance, or by rule of the Governor and Cabinet. The local governing board is responsible for preparing the Non-Ad Valorem assessment roll not the Property Appraiser.
How do I read my tax notice?
A detailed example of the tax notice is available here. Your Tax Bill
How do I get more information about the Stormwater Service Assessment?
Visit the City of Tampa Transportation and Stormwater Services FAQ page, here.
  

 

 

Installment Payment Plan 

When may I apply to make installment payments on my property taxes?
In order to participate in the installment payment plan, you must apply prior to May 1st of the tax year for which application is being made. Example: Application deadline for paying 2012 taxes by installment was April 30, 2012.
What happens if I don't pay my first installment?
If the first payment is not made in June, you have the option to make the payment in July with a 5% penalty. If the payment is not received by July 31st, your account will be removed from the payment plan. Full payment will then be due in November with the 4% discount.

 

Partial Payments

Can I make partial payments on my property taxes?
Yes, The Hillsborough County Tax Collector's office accepts partial payments for current property taxes. While the partial payment plan is designed to assist and offer other means for taxpayers to pay their taxes, there are stipulations that must be met in order to participate in the plan. For more information on the partial payment plan, click here.

 

Delinquent Property Taxes

When are my taxes considered delinquent?
Property taxes become due November 1, and are delinquent if not paid by April 1 of the following year at which time 3% interest and advertising costs are added.
Why am I paying so much on my delinquent taxes?
Property taxes become delinquent April 1st at which time 3% interest and advertising costs are added.
Can I make a partial payment on delinquent taxes?
Partial payments are not accepted for delinquent real estate taxes.
When is the latest I can pay my delinquent taxes without losing my property?
Taxes become delinquent April 1st. On or before June 1 the Tax Collector must conduct a tax certificate sale auction as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 197. Once a tax lien has been issued on your property, you have up to 22 months to pay your taxes before the tax deed foreclosure process can begin. For example, your 2009 taxes are considered due on Nov 1, 2009. If no payment has been made, your taxes are considered delinquent as of April 1, 2010. A tax certificate will be issued on or before June 1, 2010. A tax deed foreclosure cannot be initiated on your property until April 1, 2012. Taxes become delinquent April 1st. On or before June 1 the Tax Collector must conduct a tax certificate sale auction as required by Florida Statutes Chapter 197. Once a tax lien has been issued on your property, you have up to 22 months to pay your taxes before the tax deed foreclosure process can begin. For example, your 2007 taxes are considered due on Nov 1, 2007. If no payment has been made, your taxes are considered delinquent as of April 1, 2008. A tax certificate will be issued on or before June 1, 2008, depending on the sale date for that year. A tax deed foreclosure cannot be initiated on your property until April 1, 2010.
Can I pay my delinquent taxes with a personal check?
Yes, provided your property is not in tax deed foreclosure.
What is a tax certificate and a tax certificate sale?
A tax certificate is a first lien against property and shall supersede governmental liens. The tax certificate sale is an online auction process in which bids are entered and awarded to the buyer with the lowest interest rate bid, beginning at 18% and bid down to 0 in 0.25% increments. The buyer who wins the bid will pay the taxes, interest and fees that are outstanding and begin earning the rate of interest awarded during the auction on this total amount. Simple interest accrues on a monthly basis. For example if the tax certificate earns an interest rate of 12%, then interest will accrue at the rate of 1% per month until the tax certificate is redeemed. If there are any delinquent properties that do not receive a bid, those tax certificates are issued to the county at 18%.
What happens to the certificate when I pay my taxes?
When delinquent taxes are paid to the Tax Collector, the Tax Collector will in turn pay the certificate buyer their total amount paid plus interest earned. The certificate at that time is considered redeemed.
How do I participate in the online certificate sale?
To participate in the Tax Certificate Sale you must be a registered buyer. Buyer registration can be found here.
How can I purchase county held certificates?
You must first be a registered buyer to purchase certificates. County held certificates may be purchased after the tax certificate sale, prior to redemption or execution of a tax deed. The cost to purchase a county held certificate is the face value of the certificate, accrued interest, and a $6.25 processing fee. A listing of county certificates may be found here: County Held Certificates. 
Can I pay one year on a tax deed?
No. Once a certificate holder initiates a tax deed foreclosure on a property, all outstanding taxes must be paid. Tax deed payments must be in certified funds.
Where can I obtain a list of lands available for sale?
This information may be ascertained by contacting Hillsborough County Clerk of the Circuit Court at 813-276-8100 or visit their web site at www.hillsclerk.com.

 

Exemptions

How do I know if I qualify for any tax exemptions?
Exemption applications are provided and accepted by the Hillsborough County Property Appraiser's office. For more information regarding exemptions, please call the Property Appraiser's office at (813) 272-6100 or visit their web site at http://www.hcpafl.org.