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Frequently Asked Questions About Your Tax Bill

Broward County Records, Taxes & Treasury (RTT) Division has mailed over 430,000 property tax bills for 2014. Below, are answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about tax payments, payment plans, and delinquency interest and fees.

Facts About your Enclosed 2014 Tax Bill Brochure

Tax Payments

When are taxes due and when do they become delinquent?
All property taxes become due November 1st, must be paid no later than March 31st, 2015 and become delinquent if not paid before April 1st. Discounts are applied to tax bills paid in full between November 1 and February 28, 2015 (November 4%; December 3%; January 2%; February 1%).

  • Tax payments for current tax bills are posted according to their postmark. Tax payments are generally processed within 24 hours of receipt (up to 3 business days during peak periods).
  • Delinquent Real Estate bills are charged a 3% interest and advertising costs.
  • Delinquent Tangible Personal Property bills are charged a 1.5% interest per month and advertising costs.
  • Verify your payment, or pay online from our public website broward.county-taxes.com.
  • It is your responsibility to know that taxes are due and to make payment before April 1st -- failure to receive a tax bill does not relieve anyone from paying taxes or additional interest and fees, per Florida Statute 197.122.

Where can payments be made and what forms of payment are accepted?

  1. Pay Online: broward.county-taxes.com. , by Echeck (no fee), all major credit cards or VISA debit card (fees apply). Credit card payments are charged 2.55% of the total amount charged; VISA debit cards are charged a $3.95 flat fee for each account paid. If an Echeck payment is submitted with the incorrect account information or returned unpaid for any reason, a fee of up to 5% may be charged, per Florida Statute 125.0105.
  2. By Using the Envelope Provided with your Tax Bill: Return the bottom stub of your tax bill, make check payable to “Broward County Tax Collector,” paid in U.S. funds, and payable from a U.S. bank. Payment address: Broward County Board of County Commissioners Processing Center, P.O. Box 849375, Hollywood, FL 33084-9375.
  3. At any Wells Fargo Bank in Broward County: only full payment accepted for the current 2014 tax-year, paid by check or money order – and you must bring your 2014 tax bill to the bank.
  4. At the Tax Collector’s Office: Room A100, 115 S. Andrews Ave, Fort Lauderdale (8:30am – 5pm, M-F), either full or partial payments, by cash, check, credit card or VISA debit (fees apply)..

Checks must be written in English, in U.S. funds and drawn on/through a U.S. financial institution.

Partial Tax Payments

Are Partial Tax Payments accepted?
Florida Statute 197.162 allows up to five (5) partial payments per account, made between November 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015. No application is submitted for partial payments: but you must indicate your intent to make a partial payment on your first payment – write “partial payment” in the memo line of your check, or call our office and request that your account be enabled for partial payments.

  • Partial payments forfeit all discounts that would otherwise apply to a full payment.
  • A minimum partial payment of $100 must be made, and must include an additional $10 processing fee for each partial payment made.
  • Online partial payments cannot be made unless you contact our office to enable this function for your property account. No partial payments can be made at a Wells Fargo Bank.
  • Partial payments are only accepted for current tax bills – after March 31st no partial payments are accepted for delinquent taxes.

Installment Tax Payments

How do I enroll in the Quarterly Installment Payment Plan?
The Installment Payment Plan allows taxpayers to pay real estate/tangible taxes for the next year in four installments at an overall discounted rate of 3.5% for the entire year’s bill. Once you fully enroll in this plan, you do not reapply each year, as long as you make a timely first installment payment.

Eligibility Requirements for the 2015 Installment Plan (enrollment for 2014 is no longer available):

  • Submit a 2015 Installment Application by April 30, 2015 (applications available on our website or in our office after November 1, 2014). broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
  • Your estimated taxes must be more than $100 per tax bill.
  • Make a timely First Installment payment to fully enroll in this plan – failure to make a payment by July 31, will automatically cancel your account from the installment plan.

Installment Payment Schedule and Discounts:

  • 1st Installment, payable by *June 30: ¼ of the previous year’s taxes discounted 6%.
  • 2nd Installment, payable by September 30: ¼ of the previous year’s taxes discounted 4.5%.
  • 3rd Installment, payable by December 31: ½ of the current year’s adjusted tax amount discounted 3%.
  • 4th Installment, payable by March 31: ½ of the current year’s adjusted tax amount, no discount.

*If the first installment bill is not paid by June 30, you still have the option to make your payment by July 31 – however, the 6% discount is lost and you must pay an extra 5% penalty to stay enrolled in the plan.

Delinquent Taxes

What happens when my taxes become delinquent?
Taxes become delinquent if not paid by March 31, 2015 – all taxes not paid before April 1st will have a 3% delinquency interest and advertising fees applied to the total amount still due (1.5% per month interest for Tangible taxes).

  • Partial payments cannot be accepted for delinquent taxes and delinquent tax payments are posted as of date received – mailed postmark dates do not apply.
  • On or before June 1, 2015, the Tax Collector must conduct a Tax Certificate Auction of all qualified, unpaid delinquent real estate accounts.
  • At the Tax Certificate Auction, investors pay the taxes due in exchange for a tax certificate, which is a lien on the property, issued at the winning bid rate of interest. Tax Certificates convey no property rights to the winning bidder.
  • Once a certificate is sold at auction, a taxpayer must pay all delinquent taxes, accrued interest, advertising costs and fees to redeem the certificate. Only cash, certified funds, or wire transfer payments are accepted. Interest continues to accrue until the certificate is redeemed.
  • If delinquent taxes are unpaid for 2 years, the certificate holder can file a Tax Deed Application and the property may be sold at a Tax Deed Sale to repay their investment costs, per Florida Statute 197. 502.

Other Commonly Asked Questions

How do I change the mailing address my tax bill is sent to?
Contact the Broward County Property Appraiser, bcpa.net, to request a mailing address change – the Tax Collector will be notified of the new mailing address.

Am I responsible for paying taxes if I filed a 2014 Value Adjustment Board petition?
Yes, Florida Statutes 194.014 requires any taxpayer who filed a petition to make a minimum statutory payment by March 31, 2015. Failure to make this payment by March 31, will result in the denial of your petition. The exact amount of your necessary minimum payment varies by the type of petition you filed and you should contact the Tax Collector to verify the exact amount owed before submitting a payment. Visit broward.org/finance and click VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD for more information.

Why did I receive a tax bill if I have sold the property?
Your sale, or the recording of your sale deed, probably occurred after the 2014 tax bills were prepared in October, 2014. We advise that you contact your closing agent to confirm that your responsibility for a prorated portion of the 2014 taxes was addressed in your closing documents. However, the new property owner is responsible to pay the current tax bill.  

Questions? Call The Broward County Call Center 311 or 954-831-4000

Pay Your Taxes Online:www.Broward.county-taxes.com. It’s Safe, Fast, and Easy.

Visit the Tax Collector website for more information: broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury