Each year, the Broward County Tax Collector mails more than 500,000 property tax bills. 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 2016 Tax Bill Brochure
Tax Bill FAQ's Brochure
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, and become delinquent if not paid before April 1st, Discounts are applied to tax bills paid in full between November 1st, and February 28th, (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?
- Pay Online: broward.county-taxes.com by Echeck (no fee), or all major credit or debit cards (fees apply). Credit and debit card payments are charged 2.55% of the total amount charged ($1.95 minimun charge). 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.
- 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.
- At any Wells Fargo Bank in Broward County: only full payment accepted for the current tax-year,
paid by check or money order – and you must bring your current tax bill to the bank.
- 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 or debit cards (fees apply). Chip debit card payments, made at our office, have a $1.95 flat fee; credit card payments have a 2.55% fee ($1.95 minimun charge).
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 197.374 allows up to five (5) partial payments per account, made between November 1st, and March 31st. 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. Installment Plan applications can be found under the "Forms" page on this website or here.
Eligibility Requirements for the Installment Plan
- Submit an Installment Application by April 30, (applications are available on our website or in our
office after November 1) broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury
- Your installment application is always for the following, or future, tax year -you cannot enroll for the current year once tax bills are issued.
- 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 30th, you still have the option to make your payment by July 31st – however, the 6%
discount is lost and you must pay an extra 5% penalty to stay enrolled in the plan.
What happens when my taxes become delinquent?
Taxes become delinquent if not paid by March 31, – 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, 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 Value Adjustment Board petition?
Yes, Florida Statutes 194.014 requires any taxpayer who filed a VAB petition to make a minimum statutory payment by March
31st. Failure to make this payment by March 31st, 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 use the VAB Partial Payment Calculator (see below) or 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
How do I determine the amount of my required VAB Partial Payment?
By using the VAB Partial Payment Calculator on our website: broward.county-taxes.com.
- Search for your tax account, then select the link for your “Latest Bill”.
- At the bottom of the page, click the link for “Calculate VAB Good Faith Payment”;
- The calculator will automatically default to the minimum required partial payment that you must make (75% of ad valorem taxes; 100% of non-ad valorem taxes). If you wish to pay more, you can adjust the percentage to a higher value.
- Important: set the calendar date for when you will actually make your partial payment to ensure that any early payment discount is properly included.
- If you have already made a partial payment, the calculator will include any previous payment(s) before showing any remaining balance owed to meet your required minimum VAB payment. If a zero amount is shown-you have already paid the required minimum for a VAB partial payment.
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 tax bills were prepared. We advise that you contact your closing agent to confirm that your responsibility for a prorated portion of the taxes was addressed in your closing documents. However, the new property owner is responsible to pay the current tax bill.
Call The Broward County Call Center 311 or 954-831-4000
Pay Your Taxes Online: Broward.county-taxes.com. It’s Safe, Fast, and Easy.
Visit the Tax Collector website for more information: broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury