Frequently Asked Questions About Your Tax Bill
Broward County Records, Taxes and Treasury Division has mailed more than 430,000 property tax bills for 2013, which must be paid no later than March 31, 2014, to avoid penalties and delinquency fees. Below, are some of the most frequently asked questions to help ensure questions are answered and your timely payment.
Facts About your Enclosed 2013 Tax Bill Brochure
When are taxes due and when do they become delinquent?
Taxes are due no later than March 31, 2014. Taxes become delinquent on April 1, 2014, at which time 3 percent interest is charged for real property, and 1.5 percent interest is charged for tangible personal property.Tax payments are posted to accounts according to the postmark, and your payment is usually processed within 24 hours. During peak tax season, payments are processed within three business days.
Due to the high volume of payments, an individual remittance cannot be tracked.
Where can payments be made and what forms of payment are accepted?
1) Online at Broward.County-Taxes.com by eCheck (no additional charge) or by all major credit cards or VISA debit card (fees apply)
2) At any Wells Fargo branch in Broward County, paid in full by check or money order (2013 tax bill required to process payment at branch)
3) At the Tax Collector’s Office, 115 S. Andrews Ave., Fort Lauderdale, in full or partial, by cash, check, credit cards or VISA debit card (fees apply)
4) Using the envelope provided with your bill, or mail to P.O. Box 11905, Newark, N.J. 07101-4905.
There is no additional charge to pay with an eCheck. Major credit cards are charged a 2.55 percent fee of the total amount charged (minimum of $2), Visa debit cards are charged a flat fee of $3.95 per transaction. If an eCheck is submitted with incorrect information, the check will be returned unpaid and be subjected to applicable fees.
Florida Statute 125.0105 requires a fee up to 5 percent of the face value of the check to be charged for a returned check.
Checks must be written in English, in U.S. funds and drawn on/through a U.S. financial institution.
Partial Tax Payments
What is the deadline to apply for partial payments? How is this done?
Between November 1, 2013, and March 31, 2014, a taxpayer can elect to make up to five partial payments toward his/her taxes. Each partial payment cannot be less than $100, and a $10 fee must be added for each partial payment made. The full amount of taxes due must be paid by March 31, 2014, and there are no discounts under this plan.There is no application for partial payments. Taxpayers must declare their intent to make a partial payment at the time of their first remittance. Partial payments cannot be made online automatically. The tax account needs to be enabled which can be completed by contacting Records, Taxes and Treasury to receive partial payments.
Installment Tax Payments
What is an installment payment plan?
An installment payment plan provides taxpayers with the opportunity to pay their real estate/tangible taxes for the next year in four installments beginning June 1 at a discounted rate. To participate for the 2014 tax bill, an application (available beginning November 1, 2013 at Broward.org/RecordsTaxesTreasury or at the Tax Collector’s office) must be completed by April 30, 2014. Once an application is submitted for the installment payment plan, it cannot be canceled after July 31, 2014.
Installment deadlines and discounts are as follows:
• First installment at 6 percent discount must be paid between June 1 and 30.
• Second installment at 4.5 percent discount must be paid between September 1 and 30.
• Third installment at 3 percent discount must be paid between December 1 and 31.
• Fourth installment at 0 percent discount must be paid between March 1 and 31.
Failure to pay the first installment by the due date may result in the cancellation of the plan and termination of the discount.
Delinquent taxes can only be paid in full. Partial payments are not accepted. Tangible accounts will be charged 1.5 percent interest per month. Florida Statute 197.402 requires a list of delinquent accounts to be published in May in the Broward Business Review.
What forms of payment are received between April 1 and a pretax certificate sale?
Real Estate tax accounts that are delinquent on April 1 can still pay their taxes with all forms of payments up to the deadline listed on the Delinquent Notice mailed by April 30, 2014. Postmarks are not applicable to delinquent payments.The precise auction date will be determined in mid-April 2014, but it must be conducted by June 1, 2014.
What is a Real Estate Tax Lien Certificate?
Delinquent tax accounts are sold at public auction. Investors pay the taxes due in exchange for a tax certificate issued at a bid rate of interest, which is a lien on the property.
What is a tax deed auction?
After 24 months from the time taxes become delinquent, an investor holding an unpaid tax certificate can initiate the process to bring the property to public auction as a mean to recover his/her investment. The tax deed auction is the actual sale of the property to the public.
Other Popular Questions
If I don’t receive a tax bill in the mail, am I still responsible to make the payment?
Yes, per Florida Statute 197.122. Tax bills can be viewed, printed and paid at https://www.broward.county-taxes.com/public.
What do I do if I sold my property but still receive a tax bill?
The recorded transfer of the property may have occurred after the tax roll was prepared. You may want to contact your closing agent to make sure that your responsibility for the prorated taxes was included in your sale documents. However, the current owner is responsible to pay the tax bill.
Am I responsible for paying taxes if filing a petition with the Value Adjustment Board?
Yes, effective July 1, 2011, Florida statute 194.014 requires you to make a partial payment when filing a petition to the Value Adjustment Board.The exact amount depends on the type of petition you are filing and fees may apply. The petition will be denied without the partial payment.
Visit Broward.org/Finance and click VALUE ADJUSTMENT BOARD for more information.
Call The Broward County Call Center 311 or 954-831-4000 for more information.