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Important Dates & Deadlines

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Always remember to renew your auto (vehicle) registration and license plate (tag) or boat (vessel) registration and decal on or before midnight of your birthday (or the expiration date indicated on your auto or boat registration). Generally, auto and boat registrations are issued to expire annually on the birthday of the 1st owner listed on the registration. This applies to passenger cars, recreational vehicles, light trucks under 5,000 lbs., small trailers, motorcycles, and boats. (Exceptions are: company owned vehicles which are renewed in June; some lease vehicles; and, truck-tractors, semi-trailers, trucks over 5000 lbs., and 9 passenger automobiles for hire which must be renewed in December.)

Note: Vehicle registrations and license plates (tags) may be renewed 90 days prior to their expiration.

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January


In January, a 2% discount can be earned for early payment of real estate property taxes and/or tangible personal property taxes assessed in the prior year.

Also, from January 1st through the end of February, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the previous September 30th, and remains delinquent, is subject to a late renewal penalty of 25% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.

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February


In February, a 1% discount can be earned for early payment of real estate property taxes and/or tangible personal property taxes assessed in the prior year.

Finally, through the end of February, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the previous September 30th, and remains delinquent, is subject to a late renewal penalty of 25% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.

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March


In March, the fourth and final installment is due for those who are on the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan or property taxes assessed in the prior year.

March 1st is the deadline to file new homestead exemptions with the Property Appraiser’s Office for current year property taxes.

Also, all real estate property taxes and tangible personal property taxes, assessed in the prior year, are due in full (with no discount) by March 31st. Payments not paid or postmarked by March 31st are delinquent.

Additionally, March 31st is the deadline to file for Homestead Tax Deferral.

Finally, beginning in March, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the previous September 30th, and remains delinquent, is subject a second degree criminal misdemeanor charge as well as a late renewal penalty of 100% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.

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April


On April 1st all unpaid real estate taxes and all unpaid tangible personal property taxes assessed in the prior year become delinquent.

April 1st is also the deadline to file a tangible personal property tax return with the Property Appraiser's Office for the current year.

Also, on April 30th, all applications for the current year’s property tax payment installment plan are due.

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May


In May, the Tax Collector’s Office begins processing tax warrants on delinquent tangible personal property taxes assessed in the prior year.

Delinquent real estate and tangible personal property taxes, assessed in the prior year, are advertised in a local newspaper (delinquent real estate tax accounts are advertised 3 times and delinquent tangible personal property taxes are advertised 1 time).

A tax certificate sale is held on or before June 1st for unpaid real estate taxes, assessed in the prior year.

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June


In June, the first installment is due, including a 6% discount, for those who are on the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan.

Following required advertisements, a tax certificate sale for delinquent real estate property taxes, assessed in the prior year, will begin on or before June 1st.

Finally, company owned autos (vehicles) must have their registrations renewed in the month of June.

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July


In July, International Registration Plan (IRP) or apportioned autos (vehicles) which are commercial truck-tractors and trucks over 26,000 lbs that also travel outside Florida must file for registration renewal.

Also in July, the renewal of annual county local business tax receipts begins.

Moreover, beginning July 1st (through September 30th), new businesses seeking a county local business tax receipt need to pay one-quarter the amount due for the current year along with an annual payment for the following year.

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August


In August, the Property Appraiser’s Office mails out Truth In Millage (TRIM) notices to property owners notifying them of new assessed property values and proposed millage rates. This important notice provides taxpayers with information on how to address or challenge the assessed value of their property or address their concerns over millage rates to their various Taxing Authorities.

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September


In September, the second installment is due, including a 4 ½% discount, for those who are on the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan.

September 30th is the deadline for renewing all county local business tax receipts.

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October


Beginning October 1st and through October 31st, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the end of the previous month, and remains delinquent, is subject to a late renewal penalty of 10% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.

Also, on October 31st real estate and tangible personal property tax bills are mailed.

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November


In November, collection of real estate and tangible personal property taxes begins.

Also in November, early payment of real estate property taxes and/or tangible personal property taxes earns taxpayers a 4% discount.

Finally, from November 1st through November 30th, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the previous September 30th, and remains delinquent, is subject to a late renewal penalty of 15% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.

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December


In December, the third installment is due, including a 3% discount, for those who are on the Property Tax Installment Payment Plan.

Also in December, a 3% discount can be earned for early payment of real estate property taxes and/or tangible personal property taxes.

Registrations must be renewed in December for all autos (vehicles) which are truck tractors, semi-trailers, trucks over 5,000 lbs., and 9 passenger automobiles for hire.

Mobile home owners, who do not also own the property on which their mobile home is affixed, are required to renew their mobile home annual registration and decal before December 31st.

Finally, from December 1st through December 31st, any county local business tax receipt that was not renewed on or by the previous September 30th, and remains delinquent, is subject to a late renewal penalty of 20% plus applicable collection costs and attorney fees.