Consumer Alert: Avoid Extra Charges for Auto Tag and Registration Services
Renewing vehicle and vessel license tags and registrations has never been easier, thanks to the services found online at the County's Records, Taxes and Treasury Division website. Owners can quickly and effortlessly renew their tags without paying extra fees, ever leaving home, or waiting in line.
The use of some online private renewal websites rather than the County's official website, or the State of Florida's GoRenew site, may cause users to incur more than $20 in unnecessary additional fees.
"We want everyone to know that they can save money and time by conducting renewal services at our official website," said Tom Kennedy, Director of Records, Taxes and Treasury Division.
Privately-owned websites often use online marketing tools to make their sites look official and prominent at the top of search engine results. Customers need to read the terms and conditions on private, unofficial websites very carefully as they often have very one-sided agreements for renewal processing.
Top-listed online registration websites in search engine results are not necessarily the official County or State websites, and may also be paid advertisements. Some non-official websites may even appear to be government-sponsored. By visiting the County's official website, customer information is as safeguarded as in-person services.
For more information, call 954-831-4000.
County to Offer Online Tax Deed Auction Demonstrations for Tax Deed Investors June 4
As of June, 2015, all Broward County monthly Tax Deed Auctions will be conducted entirely online at broward.deedauction.net. To assist tax deed investors, the County’s Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will offer two live demonstrations of broward.deedauction.net on Thursday, June 4th at 9:30AM and 11:00AM at the Main Governmental Center, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Room 422, Fort Lauderdale, FL. The demonstrations will show investors how to register as bidders, how to submit bids, and how to make necessary deposits prior to each auction. No prior registration is necessary to attend, but attendance to each demonstration is limited to room capacity.
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Consumer Alert for County Homeowners
County homeowners are receiving letters from companies offering to sell them a certified copy of their deed, at prices often ranging between $50 and $100. In many cases, these letters are on letterhead that resembles that of an official government agency. The mailings are sent periodically from various service providers, and tend to focus on newly transferred property or targeted areas of the County.
Tom Kennedy, Director of the County's Records, Taxes and Treasury Division says, "These offers are not coming from Broward County or any other government agency. Per Florida law, your deed is a public record and is permanently maintained and preserved by our Division's Recording Section. These records are available online 24/7 and in most cases, when viewing your deed online, we provide links to related Property Appraiser and Tax Collector data relevant to that property." More...
Helpful Tourist Development Tax Information
Broward County’s Tourist Development Tax is a local sales tax of 5 percent, which is due on the total amount received for the rental of residential properties. The tax applies to residential rentals for periods of six months or less. Long term rentals are taxable for the first six months of continuous occupancy unless they are subject to a written lease for a period greater than six months.
The tax should be collected from the tenant by the landlord and remitted to the Broward County Records Taxes and Treasury Division – Tourist Development Tax Section.
For more information including registration forms, tax returns and filing instructions please visit the Tourist Development Tax webpage
, or send an email to Touristax@broward.org
Records, Taxes and Treasury Division Best Practices Honored Nationally
The National Association of County Recorders, Election Officials and Clerks (NACRC) recently recognized the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division (RTT) with a 2014 Best Practices Award for its unique achievements with the “Electronic Recording of Notice of Commencement Documents” project. More...
Book and Page Numbers Not Assigned for Official Records Documents
As of Jan. 1st, 2015, the Records, Taxes and Treasury Division will discontinue the use of Book and Page numbers for documents in the Official Records (“O”) book type, affecting the majority of the documents recorded. An Instrument Number will be generated for these documents at the time of recording. More...