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The website will be intermittently unavailable Saturday, August 27th, 2022 between 10:00 AM and 6:00 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 email service issues. These issues will prevent visitors from logging into any of our websites if their accounts have Two-Factor Authentication enabled. This includes our Exemptions Applications and Tangible Return processing websites. Visitors will also not be able to complete verificaton of new accounts created at this time. The problem with the email service has been identified and should be resolved shortly.
Due to the threat of potential hurricane conditions, Polk County Property Appraiser offices will be closed Thursday, November 10th.  We will be open on Monday, November 14th.
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.

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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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Florida Department of Revenue Hurricane Ian Resource Page


The Florida Department of Revenue has published a Hurricane Ian resource page to keep Florida taxpayers updated and informed of available resources post Hurricane Ian. Information relevant to Florida property owners can be found at the bottom of the page under the Property Tax Oversight accordion. The Florida Department of Revenue will continue to update this page as more information and resources become available.

The Department of Revenue provides a Homeowner's Guide to answer Frequently Asked Questions for homeowners affected by Hurricane Ian.

Important Notice:  Change of Ownership can result in the loss of homestead or non-homestead cap


Per Florida Statutes 193.155, 193.1554, 193.1555, a change of ownership or control can result in the loss of homestead or non-homestead cap, with the property being reassessed as of January 1 of the year following the change.  Based on the aforementioned statutes, “a change of ownership or control means any sale, foreclosure, transfer of legal title or beneficial title in equity to any person, or the cumulative transfer of control or of more than 50 percent of the ownership of the legal entity that owned the property when it was most recently assessed at just value”.  Please see the statutes for a list of exceptions.  When considering the preparation of any legal document regarding your property, you may wish to consult with a title company or real estate attorney for assistance.

New Northeast Government Center slated to open in January 2023


The Polk County Property Appraiser is excited to announce that we are moving our Winter Haven Branch office to better accommodate the growth in Polk County.  Our new home will be located in the NE Government Center - 200 NE Government Center Blvd, Lake Alfred 33850.

Our office in the new government center is nearly double the size of our current Winter Haven location.  The additional space will allow us to serve more customers throughout the year.  This is especially important during our busiest seasons:

  • JAN - MAR 1Homestead and Exemption Filing
  • MID AUGMailing of the Truth-In-Millage (TRIM) Notices
  • EARLY NOVMailing of the Tax Bills

Our larger and more modern office will not only accommodate an increase in the number of customer service staff, there is room for staff members from other departments to aid and assist our customers as needed.  As always, the programs and services available via a visit to our main Bartow office are and will continue to be available at our Lakeland and new Lake Alfred branch locations.

The Property Appraiser's website, email, and telephones will be fully operational during the moving process and you should not experience any changes or delays in service during that time.  To contact us, please visit the contact page on our website:  Phone Number and Directions (polkpa.org)

We are grateful for the opportunity to serve the citizens of Polk County and we look forward to providing excellent customer service from our new location!!!

***REMINDER FOR PRIVATE CITIZENS AND FOR NON-PROFIT / CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS***


January 1 of each year is our assessment date. In order to qualify for exemption it is necessary that the applicant have legal title to the property on January 1. If the closing and the official documents conveying ownership are dated after January 1, the applicant will not qualify for exemption for the upcoming year.

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.

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 3rd*. 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 2023 tax year. If you purchased and moved into your home after January 1, 2022, you may now pre-file for a 2023 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 2023 is Wednesday, March 1st, 2023.

Note: 2022 Homestead Exemption application deadline to file was March 1st, 2022. 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

2022 Agricultural Classification applications deadline to file was March 1, 2022. 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 12, 2022

Mail out date
Wednesday, August 17, 2022

File a petition deadline
Monday, September 12, 2022

Missed the 2022 VAB deadline of September 12, 2022 and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
2022 Late Filing Period
3/2/2022 - 9/12/2022

Pre-file for 2023

You may file in person, via mail, email, or online.
Office Locations
TPP Tax Return Deadline
4/3/2023

Extension Request Period
3/20/2023 - 4/1/2023

Christmas
12/23/2022 - 12/26/2022

New Year's Day
1/2/2023

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
1/16/2023

Good Friday
4/7/2023

Memorial Day
5/29/2023

Independence Day
7/4/2023

Labor Day
9/4/2023

Veteran's Day
11/10/2023

Thanksgiving
11/23/2023 - 11/24/2023