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


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Florida Public Records Statute (FS 119.071) Amended


The Florida Public Records Exemptions Statute, FS 119.071, has been amended as it relates to the publicly available records maintained by the county property appraiser and tax collector. As a result, exempt (aka confidential) parcels and accounts have been added back to our website and FTP data files. No owner names or Official Records books and pages of recorded documents related to these parcels/accounts, will appear on the Property Appraiser’s website or in FTP data files. In addition, the Polk County Property Appraiser mapping site has been modified to accommodate the statutory change.

See Senate Bill 781, which takes effect on July 1, 2021, for additional information.

To request an exemption from public records click the links below:

Polk County Property Appraiser Request to Block Information from Public Records
This form MUST BE submitted with a current photo ID by the person who is qualified for the confidentiality.
NOTE: The Property Appraiser Form also applies to the Tax bill provided by the Tax Collector's office.

Request for Redaction of Exempt Personal Information From Non-judicial Public Records (polkcountyclerk.net)
NOTE: The Clerk of Court is an independent office that offers separate confidentiality related services for recorded documents available online such as deeds - a separate application is required.

Property Tax Education Forum Video


On August 31, 2021, The Polk County, Florida Constitutional Officers Presented A Virtual Property Tax Education Forum. The forum was designed to address public interest in Property Tax related issues. Please see Polk County Constitutional Officers Present A Virtual Property Tax Education Forum - Polk County Tax Collector (polktaxes.com) for additional information.

Our very own, Sharhonda Roberts, Assistant Property Appraiser, is the first presenter. She demonstrates how to use the https://www.polkpa.org website.

The above video was produced and is hosted by third parties and may not conform to all of the Polk County Property Appraiser accessibility standards.

Tax Exemption Application Status


If you have applied for a Tax Exemption and would like to know the status of that application, you can check the parcel detail page of our website. Look for the section titled Exemptions.
  • Tax Exemptions approved for the current tax year will be listed in the Exemptions section of the parcel detail page.
  • If an application has been submitted but is awaiting review, you will see a message that states; A Tax Exemption Application has been filed on this property and is awaiting review by the Exemptions Department.
  • Once your application has been reviewed by the Exemptions department, you will receive an email listing the status of each Tax Exemption for which you applied. The status will be either approved or denied. If the exemption is for the current tax year it will be listed on the parcel detail page of our website. If your exemption was approved for next year, it will show on our website the following year.

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 2022 tax year. If you purchased and moved into your home after January 1, 2021, you may now pre-file for a 2022 exemption. If you have purchased a new home and had a previous homestead on another home in Florida, you may be eligible for portability - the transfer of some or all of your old homestead's "Save Our Homes" benefit (the difference between your market and assessed values due to the annual cap on increases). Online filing is available for Homestead, Senior (Age 65 and older), Widow/Widower, Disability, and Disabled Veteran Exemptions.

The deadline to file for 2022 is Monday, March 1st, 2022.

Note: 2021 Homestead Exemption application deadline to file was March 1, 2021. If the application is submitted between March 2 and the VAB deadline, the application is considered a Late File Application.

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 was March 1, 2021. Properties currently receiving the Agricultural Classification benefit will not have to file a new application; 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).

If the application is submitted between March 2 and the VAB deadline, the application is considered a Late File Application. Therefore, a Good Cause Statement must be submitted explaining the reason why the application is late.

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).

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.
Important Dates

Web site date
Friday, August 13, 2021

Mail out date
Tuesday, August 17, 2021

File a petition deadline
Monday, September 13, 2021

Missed the 2021 VAB deadline of September 13, 2021 and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
Late File for 2021
Pre-file for 2022

You may file via mail, email, or online.
TPP Tax Return Deadline
4/1/2021

Extension Request Period
3/18/2021 - 4/1/2021

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

Christmas
12/23/2021 - 12/24/2021

New Year's Day
12/31/2021

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/17/2022

Memorial Day
5/30/2022

Independence Day
7/4/2022

Labor Day
9/5/2022

Veteran's Day
11/11/2022