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

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Notice of Proposed Property Taxes (TRIM)

The Notice of Proposed Property Taxes, also called a 'Truth in Millage' (TRIM) Notice will be mailed to property owners on August 15th and available on our Web Site August 10th.  

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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Recently a number of Polk County Residents received letters from Record Transfer Services and others explaining the need for homeowners to have a copy of their Current Grant Deed and Property Assessment Profile. The letter states that copies of these documents may be obtained through them for a fee that exceeds the cost necessary for you to obtain the information yourself. (SAMPLE LETTERS)

The Polk County Property Appraiser's office wants you to know that property records and deeds provided by Record Transfer Services and any other similar companies may be obtained online for little or no cost to you.

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

Tax Exemption for Deployed Military Personnel

The Florida Legislature enacted Florida Statute 196.173 implementing legislation which provides an additional Ad Valorem homestead tax exemption to military servicemembers deployed in the previous year. Eligible servicemembers must have been on active duty outside the continental United States, Alaska, or Hawaii in support of military operations designated by the Legislature. The exemption amount will be based on the taxable value of the qualifying servicemember's homestead and the number of days in the previous calendar year the servicemember was deployed.

By January 15 of each year, the Department of Military Affairs (DMA) must submit to the Legislature a report of the military operations eligible for the exemption. Based on the 2015 DMA report, the bill removes Operation Iraqi Freedom from the list, which ended on August 31, 2010, and adds 11 operations to the list.

Any servicemember with proof of deployment, including beginning and ending dates from the Veteran's Administration or military branch, should apply in person at one of our three office locations or download the application online.

Additional Information  Show Current DMA List

Important Dates

Web site date
Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Mail out date
Monday, August 15, 2016

File a petition deadline
Friday, September 9, 2016

Missed the deadline and can show good cause? File a GOOD CAUSE PETITION.
2017 Filing Period
3/2/2016 - 3/1/2017

You may file in person or online.
2017 Filing Period
3/2/2016 - 3/1/2017

TPP Tax Return Deadline

Extension Request Period
3/20/2017 - 4/3/2017

Veteran's Day

11/24/2016 - 11/25/2016

12/23/2016 - 12/26/2016

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Good Friday

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day