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All Polk County Property Appraiser Offices will be closed November 12th, 2020 due to Hurricane Eta.
The website will be intermittently unavailable today, November 9th, 2020 between 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM due to required maintenance.
You are on the DR server, a number of features will be disabled.
The Property Appraiser office is currently experiencing telephone service issues at our Bartow office. The problem has been identified and is currently being resolved; if you need immediate assistance please contact through our email contact page.
Due to Hurricane Dorian, Polk County Property Appraiser offices will be closed on Tuesday, September 3rd.  We will be open on Wednesday, September 4th.
The Polk County Property Appraiser has migrated a large portion of our staff to telework. As a result, we are experiencing issues receiving and responding to phone calls to our Main Office number at 863-534-4777. Please contact us via one of the email addresses listed below.
The Polk County Property Appraiser has migrated a large portion of our staff to telework, leaving a limited number of staff in the office to answer calls. If you have difficulty reaching us via our Main Office number (863-534-4777), please leave a voicemail and a member of our staff will contact you. You may also contact us using the email addresses listed below. Staff will be unavailable 5/8/2020, as our office will be closed for commercial cleaning.

Photo of Marsha Faux Property Appraiser

Marsha M. Faux, CFA, ASA
Polk County, Florida
Property Appraiser


Welcome to our website! We hope you find the information inside easily accessible and useful. If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us.
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Limitations on Homestead Property Tax Assessments


Effective January 1, 2021, the timeframe during which a property owner may transfer accrued save-our-homes benefits from a prior homestead to a new homestead has been increased from two to three years. This law change is the result of the voters’ approval of Constitutional Amendment 5 in the November 3, 2020, general election.

Ad Valorem Tax Discount for Surviving Spouses of Certain Deceased Veterans Who Had Permanent, Combat-Related Disabilities


Effective January 1, 2021, an ad valorem tax discount received by a permanently disabled veteran is eligible to carry over to the veteran’s surviving spouse and can be transferred to a new homestead, if the spouse holds legal or beneficial title to the homestead property, permanently resides on the property and has not remarried. This law change is the result of the voters’ approval of Constitutional Amendment 6 in the November 3, 2020, general election.

Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM)


The Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, also called the 'Truth in Millage' (TRIM) Notice is mailed annually in mid-August. The TRIM Notice is also available on our website.  

The TRIM notice is not a bill.  It is an estimate of proposed property taxes based on the proposed tax rates, property value, and exemptions. The TRIM Notice includes the date and time of budgetary public hearings for each taxing authority and certain non-ad valorem assessment information.

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*****BEWARE*****   YOU DO NOT NEED TO PAY FOR DEED OR PROPERTY INFORMATION!


A number of Polk County residents received letter from First Documents, Record Transfer Services, and others stating the need for homeowners to pay for a "Current Grant Deed and Property Assessment Profile". (SAMPLE LETTERS)

The Polk County Property Appraiser's office wants you to know that property records and deeds may be obtained online for little or no cost to you and without having to pay a service.

  • Current Property Deeds and all property/owner information is available on our website; the information is found by using our Property Search feature and locating your property. Once located, you can get a copy of your deed or print a PRC - Property Record Card. See below for additional instructions.

    How to get a copy of your deed
    How to print a PRC

  • You can also visit the Polk County Clerk's Official Records Search to receive certified documents.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk of the Courts or the Property Appraiser's Office.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT


A Message from Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser


I am pleased to announce that I have been given the opportunity to continue serving as your Property Appraiser for the next four years. It is my honor and privilege to serve the citizens of Polk County and I cannot thank you enough for your support. I also want to take a moment to thank my incredible staff for their hard work and dedication. We will continue to provide excellent customer service and hope that we exceed your expectations in the years to come.

Again, thank you.

Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser

COVID-19 OFFICE SCHEDULE CHANGE AND CONTACT INFORMATION (Last updated 07/20/2020)


Per State and Federal Guidelines social distancing is strictly enforced in all Polk County Property Appraiser offices which may increase wait times.

Bartow Office Open to the public Monday – Friday 8 AM to 4:30 PM Bartow
Lakeland Office Open by appointment ONLY. To make an appointment please call (863) 534-4779.
Winter Haven Office Closed to the public starting Monday, July 20, 2020 until further notice.
NOTE: The Gil Jones Plaza is a designated COVID-19 Testing site. For the safety of our staff and customers, this office will be closed starting Tuesday, July 21, 2020 until further notice.

Customers may conduct business with our office using any of the alternative methods listed below:

  1. Visit our website:
    1. Look up property information @ www.polkpa.org
    2. File for Homestead or other Tax Exemptions @ exemptions.polkpa.org
    3. File a Tangible Return @ tangible.polkpa.org
  2. By Email:
    1. Tax Exemptions   paexemptions@polk-county.net
    2. Appraisal and Value   padataentry@polk-county.net
    3. Deed or Ownership   pagis@polk-county.net
    4. Tangible Personal Property   patpp@polk-county.net
    5. GIS or Mapping   pagis@polk-county.net
    6. Americans with Disability Act (ADA)   paadacoordinator@polk-county.net
    7. All other Questions   pahelpdesk@polk-county.net
  3. By Mail: 255 N Wilson Ave, Bartow FL 33830
Our goal remains to provide exemplary customer service during this time. We will continue to monitor the situation and update our notices as needed.

NOTE: A large portion of our staff will continue to telework in accordance with recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). As a result, there are limited number of staff in the office to answer calls. If you have difficulty reaching us via our Main Office number (863-534-4777), please leave a voicemail and a member of our staff will contact you. You may also contact us using the email addresses listed above.

Please DO NOT send personal information like SSN, birth dates, etc. via email. Under Florida law, e-mail addresses are public records. If you do not want your e-mail address released in response to a public-records request, do not send electronic mail to this entity. Instead, you may mail this office at the address above.

REMINDERS TO FILE



TANGIBLE PERSONAL PROPERTY

Florida Statute 193.052 requires that all Tangible Personal Property be reported each year to the Property Appraiser's Office. The deadline to file is April 1st*. If you do not file a return or extension by the deadline, you will not qualify for the $25,000 Tangible Personal Property Exemption.

Please see Extension for Filing Tangible Personal Property Returns notice from the Florida Department of Revenue.

File Tangible Return Please view the Help File For online filing instructions.


FILE HOMESTEAD EXEMPTION AND OTHER PROPERTY TAX EXEMPTIONS ONLINE

Marsha Faux, Polk County Property Appraiser, urges new homeowners to file for Homestead Exemption for the 2021 tax year. The deadline to file for 2021 is Monday, March 1st, 2021.

Online filing is available for Homestead, Senior (Age 65 and older), Widow/Widower, Disability, and Disabled Veteran Exemptions.

Please view the Help File for online filing instructions.

File for an Exemption Homestead Exemption Required Documents Do You Qualify for Additional Exemptions?


AGRICULTURAL CLASSIFICATION

2021 Agricultural Classification applications deadline to file is March 1, 2021. Properties currently receiving the Agricultural Classification benefit will not have to file a new application, unless ownership conveys; however, parcels not under the classification will be required to file an application with the Polk County Property Appraiser office prior to the statutory date of March 1. Statute 193.461 (3) (a).

File Tangible Return Please review the Agricultural Classification Guidelines


For alternative filing options, please contact one of our 3 office locations; Lakeland, Winter Haven or Bartow (click here for phone numbers).

Become part of the PCPA Team!


Our office is always looking to grow and better serve the residents of Polk County and you can help us achieve our goal by becoming part of our team. As an equal opportunity employer, offering a great working environment with competitive pay and substantial benefits; the PCPA office can provide you with new opportunities and the start of a rewarding career.

Please take a moment and browse our Employment page to see the current openings but remember to check back often as we update postings weekly.


Important Dates

Web site date
Thursday, August 13, 2020

Mail out date
Monday, August 17, 2020

File a petition deadline
Friday, September 11, 2020

Missed the deadline and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
2021 filing deadline
Monday, March 1st, 2021

You may file via mail, email, or online.
TPP Tax Return Deadline
4/1/2020

Extension Request Period
3/18/2020 - 4/1/2020

Christmas
12/24/2020 - 12/25/2020

New Year's Day
1/1/2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/18/2021

Memorial Day
5/31/2021

Independence Day
7/5/2021

Labor Day
9/6/2021

Veteran's Day
11/11/2021

Thanksgiving
11/25/2021 - 11/26/2021