To appeal the Market (Just) Value on your property or the denial of an Ad Valorem tax exemption, we highly recommend you first meet with the property appraiser’s office to discuss your concerns. This important first step will go a long way towards resolving an issue. Please bring to the meeting information supporting your concern, such as sales comparison data or property damage documentation.
If your concern remains unresolved after meeting with the property appraiser’s staff, you may file a petition for a hearing with the Value Adjustment Board (VAB).
You can file a petition online with the Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board. Online filing requires payment by credit card (a payment processor fee will apply). Petitioners filing electronically will have access to the status of their petitions. Additional information regarding electronic filing is available at www.SarasotaClerk.com. Computers are available for your use at these two Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board office locations:
An informational brochure on VAB appeals is available from the Florida Department of Revenue.
Please submit your VAB evidence to the property appraiser's office by bringing it into the office, mailing it or -if you received a letter requesting evidence from our office- sending it via email to the contact person provided in the letter.
PLEASE NOTE: Florida does not have a process available to challenge Non-Ad Valorem taxes. If you are satisfied with your property’s valuation but are objecting to the proposed taxes on your property then you should contact the individual taxing authorities that levy the taxes on your property; you can also voice your opinion at the budget hearings listed on your TRIM notice.
You can file your petition online. If you do not wish to file online, you can download and print the appropriate Florida Department of Revenue form for your filing and mail (or hand deliver) it to the Clerk to the Value Adjustment Board.
If you do not agree with the decision of the Value Adjustment Board, you may file a claim with the Circuit Court within 60 days of the certification of the tax roll. You should consider consulting a legal professional.