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Discounts & Deferrals


Discounts


Discounts for early payment of property taxes are provided, as follows:

  • Early property tax payments made during the month of November earn a 4% discount;
  • Early payments made during the month of December earn a 3% discount;
  • Early payments made during the month of January earn a 2% discount; and
  • Early payments made during the month of February earn a 1% discount.

The discount on payments which are mailed to our office are determined by the postmarked date on your envelope.

The discount for walk-in payments is extended to the next working day when the deadline falls on a weekend or observed holiday.


Tax Deferrals


Do I qualify for homestead tax deferral? How much of my ad valorem taxes and non-ad valorem assessments can be deferred?

To defer homestead taxes and assessments you must be entitled to claim homestead tax exemption. The amount that can be deferred is based on age and adjusted gross income of all members of the household.

  • If last year's adjusted gross income for all members of the household was less than $10,000, the entire tax amount and any non-ad valorem assessments may be deferred.
  • If your taxes and assessments are more than 5% of the adjusted gross income of all members of the household for the last calendar year, you may defer the amount over the 5%.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older and your taxes and assessments are more than 3% of the adjusted gross income of all members of the household for the last calendar year, you may defer the amount over 3%.
  • If you are 65 years of age or older with an annual adjusted gross household income less than the household income limit for the additional homestead exemption under section 196.075, F.S., you may defer the entire amount.

You may not defer your taxes if:

  • The total amount of deferred taxes, non-ad valorem assessments, interest, and unsatisfied liens is more than 85% of the just value, or >
  • The primary mortgage financing is more than 70% of the just value.
To apply for this deferral, you must submit Form DR-570 to the tax collector by March 31, the year after the assessment.

Applications are available at one of the Tax Collector's Service Centers.