While many people think the Property Appraiser determines the amount of taxes each property owner pays, in reality the title "Property Appraiser" explains it all. The Property Appraiser and his staff are charged with placing a fair and just value on each individual property in Hillsborough County.
The role of setting the amount of taxes to be paid as a result of the appraised value of a property is that of the various taxing authorities, including the County Commission, School Board, local municipalities, Tampa Port Authority, Parks & Recreation and others. These bodies use our appraisals as a base for setting the millage rate. So, in a manner of speaking, your taxes could go up or down, not due to the appraised value but due to millage rates set by the taxing authorities. Your tax bill is computed by the total taxes required of all the authorities.
This is the date mandated for property assessment each year. Properties within the County are valued by the Property Appraiser’s office as of this date each year. Residency and ownership must be established as of January 1 to qualify for Homestead and other Exemptions and Classifications.
January 1 through April 1
Tangible Personal Property tax returns are filed.
Filing deadline for all exemptions and agricultural classification.
Deadline for filing tangible personal property return without penalty.
The Property Appraiser’s office submits the assessment rolls to the Florida Department of Revenue for review and approval.
TRIM Notices are mailed to all property owners. The Property Appraiser's office conducts a "Review Period" when additional resources are dedicated to providing taxpayers with an explanation and review of their assessment. Differences of opinion on value and any discrepancies should be discussed at this time. Owners have 25 days from the mailing of the TRIM notice to file a petition with the Value Adjustment Board.
Assessment rolls are certified for collection.
Tax bills are mailed by the Hillsborough County Tax Collector.