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Hillsborough County Tax Collector Warns Of Third-Party Tag Renewal Websites Charging Excess Fees

Tampa, FL — June 3, 2024

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. – The Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office (HCTC) is warning customers about third-party websites that charge excessive fees for renewing vehicle tags.

These sites charge fees that official government websites do not.

According to the HCTC, third-party websites impose additional charges that are not required when renewing through official channels. These can be as high as $30 or more.

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These third-party sites often appear as sponsored results at the top of search engines. This placement is due to paid advertising, which can cost between $100 and $10,000, depending on various factors.

Many customers are misled by these sponsored ads, believing they are official sites. This results in unnecessary expenses when a quick online search leads them to click on these top results.

“Double-Check Website URLs: To avoid unnecessary fees, always ensure you are on our official Hillsborough County Tax Collector’s Office website ( or another official site like,” said HCTC. “Be cautious of websites that appear as ads in search engine results, as these are often third-party services that charge additional fees.”

Stay informed and save money by using official channels for your vehicle tag renewals. Visit for a hassle-free and cost-effective renewal process.

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