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The Polk County Property Appraiser
What is the job of the Property Appraiser?
How does the Property Appraiser determine fair market value?
Can I report exemption fraud to the Property Appraiser's office?
When is the Polk County Property Appraiser's Office closed?
Glossary of Terms
Assessment Limitations - Capping
What is Amendment 10 - Save Our Homes?
What properties qualify for the Save our Homes benefit?
Does "Save Our Homes" apply to homestead parcels with an agricultural classification?
Does “Save Our Homes” apply to homestead parcels with multiple buildings?
How do improvements or additions affect “Save Our Homes”?
How is property with a partial homestead exemption affected?
How does the assessment limit “Save Our Homes” apply?
What is the so-called “Recapture” rule?
What happens when a property is sold or otherwise conveyed to a new owner?
Is there an assessment limitation available for non-homesteaded properties?
Will I have to apply for this?
Can I get this on my homesteaded property?
What does "non-homesteaded property" mean?
Will the 10% cap reduce my taxes?
Does this mean my assessment will go up by 10% each year?
Is the 10% cap applied to all millage rates?
If I purchase a property that has received the benefit of this 10% cap, will my assessment be the same as the prior owner's assessment?
What if there is a change in ownership or control that isn't recorded in the form of a deed, does this trigger a reassessment?
Deeds and Ownership
If I recorded my Deed, why do your records not show the parcel in my name?
How do I prepare a Deed to transfer my property?
How do I remove an owner from the title to property?
How do I add another owner to my property?
Can you give me the name of a real estate salesperson in this area?
Can you recommend a surveyor in Polk County?
Can you recommend an attorney in Polk County?
How do I convey my homestead property into a trust?
How can I change the mailing address on my parcel?
How can I find the easement to a parcel?
What is the homestead exemption?
What is the additional homestead exemption?
What is the widow's or widower's exemption?
What is the disability exemption?
What is the veterans exemption?
What is the V-7 exemption?
Who qualifies for total exemption of homestead from taxation?
What is the senior exemption?
What is the granny flat exemption?
What is the conservation exemption?
What is the assessment reduction for property used for land conservation?
What is the deployed military exemption?
What happens to surviving spouses of first responders?
What property is entitled to tax exemption?
How does the death of the property owner affect the homestead exemption?
How does the marriage, remarriage, or divorce affect the homestead exemption?
What if I fail to notify the Property Appraiser's Office of significant life changes?
What is a Geographic Information System (GIS)?
What can a GIS do?
Why does the Polk County Property Appraiser use a GIS?
Mobile Homes and Recreational Vehicles
How does Florida classify mobile homes for tax purposes?
How does Florida classify recreational vehicles for tax purposes?
When are mobile home/recreational vehicle license plates or decals required?
Can my mobile home/recreational vehicle qualify for the tangible personal property exemption?
Where can I find additional information on registrations, renewals and title transfers?
Real Estate Assessment
What does the term Market Value mean?
How does the Property Appraiser's Office evaluate property?
How are my taxes affected by the appraised value?
What if I disagree with the Property Appraiser's market value appraisal?
Will I see a decrease in the market value of my home due to the slowdown in the housing market?
My market value came down, but my assessed value went up. Explain that to me
What is the difference between market value and selling price?
What effect does House Bill 743 (Mortgage fraud) have on my property assessment?
What is portability?
Do I need to apply for portability?
How much of my Save our Homes benefit can I transfer?
What is agricultural classification?
Tangible Personal Property
What is tangible personal property?
Who is required to file a Tangible Personal Property Tax return?
Where can I obtain a Tangible Personal Property tax return form?
I have multiple sites, do I need to file multiple forms?
What are the definitions for sites and freestanding property?
What are the important deadlines and penalties?
I am no longer in business, should I still file the return?
What if I have old equipment that has been fully depreciated and written off the books?
Do I have to report assets that I lease, loan, rent, borrow, or are provided in the rent?
If I rent my furnished home or condo for a few months, should I file a Tangible Personal Property tax return?
Is there a minimum value that I do not have to report?
Who is responsible for the taxes if I buy or sell an existing business during the year?
What is the Tangible Personal Property Exemption?
Is a Mobile Home considered Real or Tangible Personal Property?
How does the Tangible Personal Property exemption affect mobile homes?
Do I need to apply for the Tangible Personal Property Exemption?
Where can I find the depreciation schedules?
How can I file for an extension?
What do I report on my TPP return?
What value is given to Personal Property?
Should Leasehold Improvements be reported?
What if I don't agree with the assessed value?
Additional Tips and Suggestions
Tax Roll and TRIM
What is a TRIM notice?
What are the important dates and deadlines for the tax roll process?
Can the Property Appraiser lower my taxes or change my tax rates?