All HCTC offices will be CLOSED on Thursday, November 26 and Friday, November 27 in observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Downtown office will remain closed at this time. All other offices are open by appointment only. Click here for all office updates.
The Plant City office will CLOSE on December 3rd and will re-open in a new location at the end of December.
In accordance with city and county ordinances, customers are required to wear masks (face coverings) when doing business with our office.
Property Tax Payment Plans
Taxes on all real estate and tangible personal property and other non-ad valorem assessments are billed, collected and distributed by the Tax Collector. For those who are unable to pay the entire property tax bill in one lump sum, tax payment plans have been established by Florida Statutes.
Property Tax payments become payable November 1st and are due in full by March 31st of the following year. Taxes become delinquent on April 1.
Installment Payment Plan
The installment payment plan allows taxpayers to pay their real estate property taxes in four installments throughout the year. Participants in the installment plan receive discounts on their total tax bill.
- Must apply before May 1st of the tax year for which application is being made.
- Estimated taxes due must be more than $100 per tax notice.
The Installment Payment Plan Application is made available each year as of November 1. The form must then be completed and submitted to the Tax Collector’s office on or before the last day of April of the tax year. (Example: For 2019 taxes, applications must be received by April 30, 2019.)
Important Note: Once enrolled and the first installment payment is made, you do not have to reapply every year, as long as the first installment payment is made every year.
To apply online click here.
Payment Schedule1st Payment – Due by June 30One quarter of previous year’s gross tax discounted 6%.2nd Payment – Due by September 30One quarter of previous year’s gross tax discounted 4.5%.3rd Payment – Due by December 31
One quarter of the current year’s adjusted tax amount discounted 3%.4th Payment – Due by March 31
One quarter of the current year’s adjusted tax amount, no discount.
- If the first payment in June is not made on time, the taxpayer has the option to make the first quarterly payment by July 31. However, in this case, the taxpayer loses the discount and must pay an extra 5% penalty.
- Taxpayers who do not make the first installment payment by July 31 will be returned to an annual payment status, and future participation will require reapplication.
- If the second or third payment is not made on time, the overdue amount is added to the next installment payment. However, missed installment payments result in the loss of the appropriate discount. Any amount remaining unpaid on April 1 is subject to all provisions of law pertaining to delinquent taxes.
- Once the first payment has been made, the taxpayer will continue to receive quarterly tax notices, which are due upon receipt.
Once you have elected to participate in the installment payment plan by timely paying the first payment you are required to continue participation for the tax year. If you elect to discontinue participation, you will not be entitled to receive the discounts provided by law. Installment payments that become delinquent shall be paid with the next installment payment. Discounts will not be allowed on delinquent payments.
Partial Payment Plan
Our office will accept partial payments (November 1st – March 31st) per account for current year taxes. Delinquent taxes are not eligible for partial payments.
The minimum partial payment is $100 and each partial payment remitted must include a $10 processing fee (as mandated by law) made payable to the Tax Collector’s office.
Partial payments are not eligible for any applicable discount set forth in F.S.197.162.
Any remaining balance not paid before April 1st becomes delinquent.
Taxpayers who are currently on the Installment Payment Plan are not eligible for the partial payment plan.
Partial payments are not accepted online.
A signed acknowledgement of conditions set forth is required with first remittance.
For more information, please contact our office.
Homestead Real Estate Tax Deferral
Any person entitled to claim Homestead Exemption may qualify to defer a portion of their property taxes or non-ad valorem assessments based on the applicant’s household income for the previous year. If your household income is less than $10,000, taxes may be deferred in their entirety. If tax deferral is approved, it would become a first lien on the property and you must furnish fire insurance coverage with a loss payable clause to the County Tax Collector. If a change in use or failure to maintain insurance or change in ownership of the property occurs, all deferred taxes plus interest are due and payable. The application is available online or in the Tax Collector’s office. The deadline for filing is March 31st each year.
For more information, please contact our office.