Date Taxes Become Due
Taxes become due and payable to the Collector on November 1st with a discount of 4% if paid in November, 3% in December, 2% in January and 1% in February. Taxes become delinquent April 1st. Taxes are levied on a calendar-year basis, being paid in arrears for the period January 1st - December 31st.
The annual filing period for Homestead Exemption is January 1st through March 1st.
We will have clerks in Avon Park and Lake Placid to take applications at the following locations and times:
Avon Park -- City Hall Basement
Tuesday February 5th
From 10am to 4pm
Address: 110 E. Main St.
Lake Placid -- City Office
Tuesday & Wednesday February 12th & 13th
From 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Address: 311 W. Interlake Blvd
You can also visit our office at the Government Center in Sebring to file applications for all exemptions.
Monday Thru Friday
From 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
560 South Commerce Avenue
The following is a list of all exemptions offered to you as a resident of Florida:
Homestead Exemption (Maximum of $50,000):
In order to qualify you must own your home and make it your permanent residence on or before January 1, 2019 and be a full-time resident of Florida (requires Florida driver’s license if you drive, Florida vehicle tag for your vehicle if you own a vehicle, and voter’s I.D. in the county in which you live if you are a registered voter.) If divorced please provide copy of your divorce papers.
Additional Senior Homestead Exemption ($15,000):
To qualify you must meet the requirements listed above for homestead exemption and you must be over 65 years of age (as of January 1, 2019) and have a household income equal to, or less than the 2019 adjusted gross income set by the Department of Revenue. Please contact our office for more details on income requirements for this exemption. (This exemption amount applies only to the taxable value for Board of County Commissioners.)
Widow’s Exemption ($500):
To qualify you must meet the same criteria as listed above for Homestead Exemption and you must be a widow.
Widower’s Exemption ($500):
To qualify you must meet the same criteria as listed above for Homestead Exemption and you must be a widower.
Disability Exemption (Varies depending on the type and level of disability):
To qualify you must meet the same requirements listed above for Homestead Exemption and certain requirements regarding doctor’s documentation or VA’s letter regarding your disability. Contact our office for specific requirements concerning this exemption.