SCPA News

2019 Homestead Exemption Application Deadline: March 1

Are you a homeowner who qualifies for a tax savings benefit? Florida residents who purchase, occupy and make their Sarasota County home their permanent residence by January 1, 2019 may be eligible for a homestead exemption. Deadline to apply is March 1.

Our website has extensive information about homestead and other exemptions available to homeowners. Learn about eligibility and qualification requirements by visiting SCPA's Homestead Overview page.

File for homestead online today

2018 Tax Roll Certification

Pursuant to Section 193.122 Florida Statutes, Bill Furst, Property Appraiser of Sarasota County, hereby gives notice that the 2018 Real Property and Tangible Personal Property Assessment Rolls for Sarasota County were certified to the Tax Collector on the 28th day of September, 2018 for the collection of taxes.

Need to File a Tangible Personal Property DR-405 Tax Return? Deadline is April 1

Visit our Tangible Personal Property page to file your DR-405 tax return on our online filing system. To file your return online, you will need the log in information found in the letter our office sent in January to existing TPP accounts. The deadline to file a DR-405 tax return is April 1.

TRIM Notices Mailed on August 17th

The 2018 Notice of Proposed Property Taxes and Proposed or Adopted Non-Ad Valorem Assessments (TRIM Notices) were mailed on August 17th.

Please review your TRIM Notice as soon as you receive it to ensure all the information is correct. Be aware that there is a deadline to file a Value Adjustment Board petition.

Included with the notice will be our 2018 Supplement newsletter which contains information about property valuation and exemptions affecting taxpayers in Sarasota County.

As always, the Property Appraiser's office is ready to answer any of your value or exemption questions. Please remember that our office does not set the millage rates, adopt budgets or collect taxes. If your questions concern any of those issues, please contact the taxing authority listed in the notice. Their meeting dates, locations and times are printed on the back side of the form.

 

2017 Tax Roll Certification

Pursuant to Section 193.122 Florida Statutes, Bill Furst, Property Appraiser of Sarasota County, hereby gives notice that the 2017 Real Property and Tangible Personal Property Assessment Rolls for Sarasota County were recertified to the Tax Collector on the 7th day of May, 2018 for the collection of taxes.

Flood Zone Information Now Displays on Property Record Information pages

Our office has teamed up with the Sarasota County Government's Public Utilities department to make important flood zone information readily available to the public on our website.

Sarasota County residents can now view flood zone information for their property by using our Property Search tool. The flood zone information is displayed on each property record information page. Flood zone related questions should be directed to Sarasota County Government.

Short-Term Rentals and Homestead Exemption Fraud

Property owners who benefit from the homestead exemption and who are considering renting all or a portion of their homesteaded property risk losing their exemption. The Sarasota County Property Appraiser advises residents to be aware of the law before deciding to rent their property.

“With the rise in the number of visitors coming to the area and the popularity of homesharing and home rental companies as alternatives to traditional lodging, we are advising property owners to become informed on how renting their property can negatively impact their homestead exemption; and ultimately, reduce or eliminate their property tax savings”, said Bill Furst, Sarasota County Property Appraiser.

Renting all or a portion of your homesteaded property may result in the disapproval of the homestead exemption, along with a 50% penalty and 15% interest for any year or years the property was rented within the prior 10 years.

Short-term rentals are only one of the various status changes that can impact the homestead exemption. Mr. Furst urges property owners to visit the Homestead Fraud page for more information, or to contact his office with questions on this important subject.

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