Property Taxes General Information
Real Estate Property Taxes
The real estate property tax is a tax on land and improvements. Real estate property taxes are considered ad-valorem, meaning “according to worth” or that they are based on the value of the property, as determined by the Pinellas County Property Appraiser. This includes land, building, and improvements to the land. Real property is located in described areas designated as parcels. These taxes are collected every year beginning November 1. The revenues collected from these taxes are distributed to the local taxing authorities levying the tax.
In cases where the property owner pays property taxes through an escrow account, the mortgage company should receive the tax notice, while the owner receives a copy of the notice for informational purposes only. However, it is the responsibility of each taxpayer to ensure real estate taxes are paid, regardless if a tax notice is received or not. If you do not receive a tax bill in November, search our tax roll database for your records.
Tangible Personal Property Taxes
A second type of property tax is the tangible personal property tax, a tax on property – except land or buildings – that is used in a business or to produce income. Tangible personal property taxes are also ad-valorem taxes and are determined by the value of property.
Non-ad Valorem Assessments
Non-ad valorem assessments may be included on a property owner’s tax bill. They are set amounts established by the levying authorities, and unlike ad valorem taxes, they are not determined by the value of one’s property. Non-ad valorem assessments are typically levied for storm water utility, fire and rescue, solid waste collections, and similar functions.
The Pinellas County Property Appraiser’s Office establishes the value of property every year. The board of county commissioners, school board, municipalities, and other levying bodies set millage rates – the amount per $1,000 that is used to calculate taxes on property.
The Property Appraiser vs. Tax Collector
Using the taxable values and millage rates, the Property Appraiser prepares the “tax roll” and sends it to the Tax Collector. The Tax Collector then mails an annual tax notice to the property owner’s address of record as it appears on the tax roll. The Property Appraiser’s Office is responsible for maintaining address records that appear on the tax notice. You may change your mailing address by filling out the Pinellas County Property Appraiser Change of Address Form.
It is the responsibility of each taxpayer to ensure that taxes are paid, regardless of whether a tax notice is received or not. If you do not receive a tax bill in November, contact our office at 727-464-7777 or click here to search our tax roll database and/or to pay your bill. Taxes become delinquent on April 1, at which time interest and other applicable costs are added to the gross tax amount.