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Real Estate Property Taxes
As a property owner in Indian River County, it pays to be informed about your rights and responsibilities under Florida law. Understanding the procedures regarding property taxes can save you money and will help this office to better serve you. If you have questions not answered here, please do not hesitate to call us at (772) 226-1343 or e-mail us at HowMayWeHelpYou@IRCTax.com
The real estate tax bill is a combined notice of ad-valorem taxes and non ad-valorem assessments. Ad-valorem taxes are based on the value of the real estate and any improvements (structures, buildings, etc.) on the property.
When do I pay my property taxes?
Florida law provides for certain discounts on CURRENT TAXES if they are paid before March of the following year. Discounts are accepted according to the POSTMARK of your payment. Tax bills are mailed out in November of each year and the following discounts are allowed for early payment:
Taxes become delinquent April 1st and additional charges become due. Once the taxes are delinquent, payment date is determined by the date payment is received.
What if I don't get my bill?
According to Florida Law, it is the responsibility of the property owner to see that a bill is received and taxes are paid. Tax statements are sent to the owner and the address on the certified tax roll. If you move, it is your responsibility to send written notification to the Property Appraiser. You should have received a separate tax bill for each property you own. Please verify that the legal description on the tax bill you received is for all of your property. If you are missing any bills, please contact our office immediately for duplicates bills at (772) 226-1343.
If you do not receive a bill by November 9th, notify our office immediately or you can obtain one from this website.
What if I receive a tax bill and I no longer own the property?
If you received a real estate tax bill for property you no longer own, please forward it to the new owner or return it to this office. If you received a tangible personal property tax bill for property you no longer own, but you did own on January 1, you are still responsible for paying the taxes. If you did not own the tangible personal property on or after January 1 you need to contact the Property Appraiser immediately at (772) 226-1370.
What if my mailing address changed?
If your mailing address changed, you will need to change your address with the Property Appraiser. The Property Appraiser's website has a Change of Address form available that you can submit to the Property Appraiser. For more information about name and address changes, please contact the Property Appraiser at www.IRCPA.org or (772) 226-1469.
What if I receive a notice with "DO NOT PAY?"
If you received a notice with "Do Not Pay" printed across the bottom, a mortgage company requested your original bill. If your taxes are not escrowed through a mortgage company, you may submit payment with the "Do Not Pay" notice. If your taxes are escrowed and you received a bill that does not have the “Do Not Pay” message, you should contact your mortgage company immediately.
What does it mean if the message "BACK TAXES REMAIN UNPAID" appears on my bill?
If the message 'BACK TAXES REMAIN UNPAID" appears on your bill, this means in addition to the tax bill you have received, there are also delinquent taxes due on your account. If this message appears on your current tax bill, you should contact the tax department at the Tax Collector's Office immediately at (772) 226-1343 to determine the amount due for the delinquent tax.
How can I get a paid receipt?
Paid receipts can be printed anytime from this website or you may contact our office at (772) 226-1343 and we can further assist you.
Can I pay my taxes on a payment plan?
If your taxes are at least $100 this year, you may choose to pay next year's taxes on the installment plan. Property owners must send a completed application to the Tax Collector before May 1st for taxes which will be due later that year. Otherwise, all taxes are due and payable in full. Applications can be printed from this web site Installment Application form. Payments are quarterly: in June, September and December of the tax year, and March of the next year.
Remember, you must plan ahead. If you wait until you receive your tax bill in November, it will be too late to pay by installment for that year.
What if I can't pay my tax bill?
Florida law entitles you to defer payment of a portion of your tax bill or in some cases all of your bill if you are eligible for homestead exemption. This also depends on your age and income. Interest is charged on the deferred taxes and treated as a lien against your property. Taxes and interest are due only upon your death, if you sell your home or your homestead exemption status changes. Application must be made with the Tax Collector's office on or before March 31st. For more information, see Property - Tax Deferral.
I didn’t own the property for the entire year. Will I have to pay taxes for a whole year?
No matter when you purchase the property, as the owner, you are responsible for paying the entire tax bill mailed in November. However, taxes are normally prorated on the closing statement and credit is given by the seller for the time during the year that you were not the owner. This credit is between you and the seller. No money is given by the seller to the Tax Collector as partial payment of that year's taxes. If you are unsure if you received credit from the seller, please contact the closing agent that handled your transaction.
Who decides how much my taxes will be?
The Tax Collector is an agent for local government agencies for the billing and collection of revenue. The Tax Collector has no control or authority regarding the appraised value of property, how the amount is determined, or the amount of the tax that is due.
According to Florida law, your tax bill is a combined notice of both ad valorem taxes (which means the amount is based on value) and non-ad valorem assessments (which means the amount is based on factors other than value). For more information about each of these, click below:
Who do I contact for other questions?
4% if paid in November
3% if paid in December
2% if paid in January
1% if paid in February
Gross taxes become due in March